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Fresh News on Heart Health

Lindsey here. Did you know that February has been American Heart Health month since 1964? You have likely observed that nutrition advice has varied in the decades from then to today, but there...

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Manna Through The Eyes of Interns

Ben and Tuesday here. I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “Wait, who?” We are dietetic interns at the University of Maryland College Park, and we’ve had the privilege to spend the past two...

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Walking the Walk, Cooking the Box

Jackie here. Here at Manna Food Center we fully embrace the notion that Dr. King’s Birthday should be a “Day On not a Day Off.” This year in particular, I wanted to honor Dr. King in a way...

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The Gratitude Jar

Lindsey here. Ready or not, the holidays are here. The pace of this season so often induces stress and financial strain--for those with jobs and especially those without. How do we celebrate in the...

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What a Difference a Choice Makes!

Malori here. What comes to mind when you think of a food bank? Prior to working at Manna, I envisioned a line of people signing in to receive a box of canned food and going on their way. It didn't...

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Notes From Our CEO

Dear Manna supporter, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This was a favorite saying of my undergraduate professor, Dr. Margaret Ammons.  She was educating her students to...

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The Privilege to Peruse the News

Lindsey here. A theme of conversation these days among Manna staff, particularly in our Breaking Bread conversations, is privilege. There are so many ways the privilege of time and leisure come into...

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And the Survey Says……

Dear friend of Manna, Although school was out during the summer, Manna did a little bit of testing. In June & July we completed our annual client and staff surveys to get feedback...

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What Boy Scout Ethan Made For Manna

Ethan Kach stopped by last week with a handcrafted gift for Manna. Two in fact.   Ethan first learned about Manna Food Center through the Boy Scouts' participation in "Scouting For Food"....

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Notes From Our CEO

Dear Manna supporter, I imagine you, also, are thinking about the perfect gifts, no matter what your family or faith traditions.   Parents are making lists & checking them twice. ...

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Three Minutes at Manna

Lindsey here. Here is what I observed in three consecutive minutes at Manna this week:     Mark Mills, a chocolatier, professional chef, and, oh yes, full-time farmer at Chocolate...

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Happy Independence Day

Dear Manna supporter, When I was in the third grade I won an essay contest entitled, "Why I Love My Country."  Whenever the 4th of July rolls around, I remember my careful cursive...

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Root to Stalk Eating

Lindsey here. This time of year, the open food boxes we distribute to clients are overflowing with local produce. It’s a beautiful sight: plump tomatoes and bouquets of kale tucked between...

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Eat the Rainbow (skip the skittles)

Lindsey here. Something special about Manna is that we promote “caring for those who care”. If you’ve ever served in a caregiving capacity for a loved one, you know that the caretaker’s own...

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Four Health Habits To Start Today

Lindsey here. I’ve been teaching healthy budget shopping with the Cooking Matters at the Store program for the three years I’ve been Manna’s Nutrition Educator. The questions that arise week...

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Thank You Elected Officials

When Manna’s doors first opened 33 years ago last month, elected officials were present at the creation. Several months before, County Executive Charles Gilchrist, had convened a task force to...

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The Sweetest (Crunchiest) Way To Help Manna This Summer

    Check out this refreshing salad. I grew it. My name is Lindsey Seegers and I am not a master gardener. In fact, I wouldn’t even call myself a gardener: I’m terrified of...

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Special Call To Action: Smart Sacks Program

Manna Food Center’s Smart Sacks program has been hard at work strengthening an important collaboration with two other weekend bag programs serving our County's elementary school students.  Women...

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Eggplants are from Mars, Peppers are from Venus

Lindsey here. I just returned from Hollywood. Yes, Hollywood: the locale of this year’s conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. There were wonderful surprises on...

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Celebrating Heroes Against Hunger

For the second year in a row, Manna organized our “Heroes Against Hunger” reception on April 7 at VisArts in Rockville. We picked the theme of heroes because we are fortunate every day to see...

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Notes from the Executive Director – March 2016

Have you ever been interrupted while telling an important story?  Or had a call drop in the middle of an important conversation?  These experiences - whether due to technology or even rudeness...

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Kitchen Confidential: Spices on the Cheap

Lindsey here, sharing another round of my Notes from the Nutritionist: a series of kitchen tips we include in each Manna box to help families produce healthy, home-cooked meals. Now, raise your...

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Notes from the Executive Director – February 2016

At one time in my career, I was an AmeriCorps director and was motivated by the agency's notion that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday should be considered "A Day On, Not a Day Off."  Since...

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The Simple Truth About Your Kitchen Cupboard

Dried lentils & peas

Lindsey here. After being snowed in at home for four straight days, making meals from every canned bean and frozen vegetable I could combine, I got to the grocery store yesterday. Even after the...

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Listen Up: A New Year’s Challenge

Lindsey here. Despite all the responsibilities, I find the peace of being an adult some days is being alright with not having All The Answers. Nutrition research evolves constantly; scientific...

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Notes from the Executive Director – January 2016

As a big goal setter, I am the kind of person who loves New Year’s because I appreciate the chance to pause and make resolutions while also taking stock of progress on commitments made.  Yet...

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To Be a “Foodie”

Lindsey here. Did you know that FOOD DAY began in 1975? When I first heard of a designated FOOD DAY, I’ll admit: I thought it was just another excuse for foodies to get together to celebrate...

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How Did I Get So Lucky?

Lindsey here. This week, I visited our clients at one of Manna’s busiest distribution sites, Catholic Charities in Wheaton. After receiving food, about twenty people joined me for a community...

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CHOPPED: the votes are in, and they are delicious

Lindsey here, with some photos of what we’ve been up to. I hope you came hungry…    Last week, Manna’s Nutrition Team (Jenna & Lindsey) enjoyed a second annual friendly-competition...

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Margarine of Error

Dried lentils & peas

I spy with my little eye some lofty promises around what looks like a candy bar. “Get 35% of your daily fiber, antioxidants Vitamin E and zinc, plus whole grains in this delicious flavor from...

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Three Tips to a Healthy New Year

Plate of vegetables

At Manna, I post recipes in our lobby and send out health tips in all of our closed food boxes. While I create them for clients, I’m especially tickled when volunteers and visiting donors take a...

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You Say Potato, I Say Patata

Participants learn to identify whole grains

I’ve shared before how much our clients value our Cooking Matter at the Store grocery store tours. We’ve reached over 500 participants in this wonderful program, and at least once a month a...

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Shopping on the Cheap

Tomatoes at the grocery store

These “April showers” are certainly living up to their reputation. So far, the spring is warm, but not so much yet that our farmer’s markets are open and bursting with vibrant produce. The...

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Burritos and Pizza: It’s What’s for Breakfast

June rounds out another series of Cooking Matters at the Store tours–that’s 200 Manna clients attending in-store nutrition classes in just three months! While I’ve shared some exciting updates...

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August 5: Support Manna’s Supporters & Join Us for Chopped

In honor of Farmers Market week we are remembering the epic battle between Manna’s Nutrition Education team and Whole Foods Market’s Chef Charlie at the Clarksburg Farmers Market’s Inaugural...

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Community Food Rescue

Manna is the coordinator of Community Food Rescue, a network designed to feed more and waste less, in Montgomery County.  Read about the latest round of mini-grants awarded to build the capacity of...

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August 5: Support Manna’s Supporters & Join Us for Chopped

by Lindsey Seegers In honor of Farmers Market week we are remembering the epic battle between Manna’s Nutrition Education team and Whole Foods Market’s Chef Charlie at the Clarksburg Farmers...

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Three Tips to a Healthy New Year

Plate of vegetables

At Manna, I post recipes in our lobby and send out health tips in all of our closed food boxes. While I create them for clients, I’m especially tickled when volunteers and visiting donors take a...

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