About

Manna Food Center’s singular mission is to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County, Maryland. Through food distribution, education and advocacy, we are making strides on behalf of more than 78,000 county residents who experience hunger and food insecurity.

Since 1983, Manna has worked to fight hunger, feed hope and transition recipients from a place of scarcity to prosperity. The community was present at the creation of Manna coming together to make sure that those experiencing hunger had a place to turn.

Since 1983, Manna has worked to fight hunger, feed hope and transition recipients from a place of scarcity to prosperity.

Today, the impact of our work is clear. Manna stands as the premier food bank of Montgomery County, providing food to 40,000 individuals each year and helping distribute rescued food to soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters county-wide. Nearly every social service organization in Montgomery County relies on Manna to provide food to their clients, and we are honored to play our part in the strong social safety net.  Also operating as a food pantry, Manna directly reaches into the community through a network of distribution sites in every quadrant of the county.

Hunger is a complex issue, but in Montgomery County it is especially deceptive. Our county is one of the most affluent in the country, yet one in three public school students receive free or discounted school lunches – and the need doesn’t end there. Beneath the visible surface, many residents require food assistance, including seniors, those fleeing domestic crises, and the intellectually and physically disabled.   The working poor who are faced with choices between healthy meals and rent payments, are of special concern to Manna.

Manna Food Center’s legacy will be a hunger-free Montgomery County, and we rise closer to fulfilling this legacy every day.

We have the know-how, we have the heart, and we have rallied an unparalleled network of community partnerships around our mission. Manna is a unique and uniting force, and our collaborators hail from every corner of the community, from corporate and non-profit, to faith-based and individual volunteers and donors.

Manna envisions a community where everyone prospers.  Where all residents have access to the food needed to live a healthy and active life.

Together, we eliminate hunger in Montgomery County. Together, we shift from food insecurity towards self-sufficiency.

We cannot do it alone.

Join Manna today in feeding hope and ending hunger. Donate, volunteer or read more about our core programs and participate in a new and informed dialogue about our community’s food economy.