Manna Mobile Kitchen
Manna Food Center is excited to launch a new component of our food distribution and nutrition education programming. Meet “Manny”, the Manna Mobile Kitchen!
This initiative is generously supported by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Montgomery County Neighbors in Need Fund.
What is Manny? Manny is the nickname of our new Manna Mobile Kitchen (MMK). The MMK is a converted school bus that will act as a cooking classroom for all ages. With Manny, we can bring hands-on cooking education to children, their parents, and seniors. The bus will also be used for targeted food distribution in areas with limited food access.
Why a Mobile Kitchen? Inadequate food access is a complex issue. Food insecurity also increase the risk of improper nourishment. More than availability of food, it is often cooking knowledge and skills that prevents one from preparing food economically. According to the Center for Disease Control, 93% of children do not eat the recommended servings of vegetables. The MMK will offer educational opportunities to some of the 30,000 elementary school students in the Montgomery County Public Schools. We are visiting schools with high rates of free and reduced student meals. Our culinary classroom on wheels is an innovative solution to increase access to nutrition education and healthy foods in Montgomery County.
How will it be used? MMK is an extension of Manna’s focus on innovative participant-centered approaches to eliminating hunger. Programming will encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption, increased acceptance of new, healthy foods, and provide students with lifelong skills like math and teamwork. The MMK will combine food distribution with nutrition education in a unique and eye-catching way and create a community space that draws new people into Manna’s community engagement and advocacy activities.
Where will it travel? Our participants often face transportation barriers to licensed rec center kitchens where we taught classes in the past. We will travel to schools and apartment complexes to teach elementary-aged youth, seniors, and adults living with low-income.
When will it hit the road? The bus is currently being retrofitted, with an anticipated delivery date of May 26th. Upon finalizing permits and exterior wrap designs, the MMK will begin community programming. We anticipate scaling the new program throughout the summer and into the early fall of 2017.
How can I get involved? As an innovative new program, Manny will depend on generous support from the community to fund outreach moving forward. Please consider designating your donation to MMK here. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.