Manna Covid-19 Response
Manna will continue to serve our neighbors who are food insecure during these uncertain times.
To account for site closures and social distancing needs related to COVID-19, we will begin to modify and consolidate our services, offering food in different formats and locations. We will continue our operations until or unless we receive guidance from our local or national government that would preclude our ability to remain open.
March 31st, 2020
Governor Hogan issued a stay-at-home order, effective 03/30 at 8 p.m. Critical service providers, such as Manna Food Center, are exempt from these orders as these services are needed now, more than ever before. Manna’s volunteers are exempt from this order as they are a critical part of our operations.
March 23, 2020
MCPS is now providing meals for children 18 years old and younger, and all MCPS students (regardless of age) at more than 40 sites (including mobile locations) throughout the county. Additionally, MCPS school buses will distribute meals in several communities.
March 20, 2020
MCPS Meal Distribution Sites Expanded, Partners with Manna to distribute weekend Smart Sacks throughout the county.
March 19, 2020
Manna is now accepting donations of hand sanitizer, as well as offers from local businesses who may wish to sell excess hand sanitizer.
March 18, 2020
Manna Food Center (Manna) understands that the COVID-19 crisis has hit the service industry particularly hard, displacing many workers, and creating more food insecurity in our community. In response, Manna is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Manna staff and Board of Directors remain grateful for everyone in our community who is supporting Manna Food Center during the COVID-19 response. We have been simultaneously protecting our team and the public, maintaining our core services, and creating nimble responses and preparing for future phases. Our firm belief is that if we remain calm, compassionate, and professional we will be a stronger community for surviving this public health crisis. It will get worse before it gets better. But, as humanitarians, we know from experience that it will get better. It is beyond gratifying to us to know that individuals and organizations want to be helpful as the situation continues to unfold.
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If You Need Food Support
As of 03/18, Manna Food Center (Manna) is temporarily waiving income requirements to provide food to any Montgomery County resident impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Residents are encouraged to contact Manna as soon as possible to begin receiving food through regular distribution channels.
Visit our food distribution page to see updated site locations & schedules.
Schedule: Call 301-424-1130 to make an appointment by 3 PM the day before you want to pick up.
Eligibility: Right now eligibility for food remains at every 30 days.
Please prepare for and expect these temporary changes to promote safety and create space for social distancing.
Safety: Please help us promote your safety and that of your neighbors, our staff, and volunteers.
- You may be asked to select a one-hour pick-up appointment time, to allow us to spread food pick-ups across the distribution time and avoid large gatherings.
- Most food distributions will be held outside, to maximize open spaces.
- When you arrive please hold up, not hand, your ID to a Manna staff or volunteer.
- The Manna staff or volunteer will sign their name on your behalf. No need to touch a pen or hold a clipboard.
- All food will be pre-packed, to enable you to pick up and go when it is your turn. We always do our best to ensure the packages are as consistent as possible, with a healthy mix of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable foods.
- Surfaces will be disinfected regularly.
- Staff & volunteers will be wearing gloves; they will be available to assist with carrying food to your car only on an as-needed basis.
If You Want to Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in joining the team of front-line humanitarians. Join our Special Response Task Force by visiting this webpage and following the instructions.
- We are accepting food donations in large blue bins outside Manna’s warehouse at 9311 Gaither Rd in Gaithersburg . Check our Most Needed Foods list & drop it off 24/7 without needing to come inside.
- Institutional Food: If your office, cafeteria, institutional kitchen is temporarily closing and you have food to donate, please consider Manna’s Community Food Rescue program. Click Here.
- For help with your SNAP application, please call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552
- Expensify is offering up to $50 reimbursement for families who make SNAP grocery purchases
- Free Senior Call Check: A daily call to verify your well-being, at a time scheduled at your convenience. Register today or tell a loved one about this program.
- Free Online 6 Weeks to Wellness Course with Giant
- Local Grocery Stores and National Store Chains in Montgomery County To Offer Special “Seniors-Only” Shopping Hours
- MCPS Grab & Go School Meal Sites are offered in targeted locations across the county.
- Mental Health Support: EveryMind offers free support to help us all manage the stress of this difficult situation.
- Updates from Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services for guidance from local officials.