Farm to Food Bank
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, and many Montgomery County residents don’t have access to these important nutritious foods, which is why Manna created its Farm to Food Bank initiative in 2010. Farm to Food Bank provides fresh, locally and regionally grown produce to those experiencing hunger and food insecurity in our community and by purchasing from neighboring farms throughout the growing season.
The exponential growth of our program’s distribution makes clear its success, soaring from 35,894 pounds of produce in our first year to 119,964 pounds last season.
Manna is proud to support local farms, orchards and farmers markets as a matter of philosophy. To ensure this vital program thrives, Manna works with three Montgomery County farmers and four farmers markets within the county. We are deeply grateful to these partners for their enthusiastic participation and for their meaningful donations of often hundreds of additional pounds of food.
Not only do we provide quality nutrition through our Farm to Food Bank program, but we also provide equally important nutrition education. We support the consumption of farm fresh vegetables and fruits through the provision of recipes and food storage information. To make a life-long impact on recipients, Manna knows that information about selecting and preparing fresh food on a limited budget must be available.
At Manna Food Center, we know that supporting our local food system is an integral part of increasing food access for all residents and essential to our goal of eliminating hunger in Montgomery County.
Volunteer at a Market!
Manna is excited to be partnering with 5 local Farmers Markets this year and volunteers are needed to staff a table for Manna, collecting food and funds while engaging with customers! Toward the end of the market, the volunteers will assist the Market Manager in purchasing food from the farmers with funds collected that day. When our truck arrives, you help bag and load the food on to our Manna truck.
Click here to sign up for each market. Please limit your sign-ups to 2 per family/ group. We are trying to make sure as many people that are able to get the opportunity to support Manna in such a meaningful way. Secure your spots today! Each market has its own signup and you can see all available slots.