Manna’s COVID-19 Response

We’re into the second year of the pandemic and even while vaccines signal hope, the economic fallout from this crisis will last for many months, if not years. Thanks to our tremendous community of supporters, Manna will be here for the long haul to serve our neighbors who have been furloughed, laid off, or are unable to find work in an economy weakened by COVID.

Our amazing staff and volunteers have stayed safe and continued serving throughout the pandemic. We quickly pivoted, adapted our services, and built valuable partnerships to help us respond in the face of food insecurity that has nearly doubled since the pandemic began. Because of our generous donors and the spirit of collaboration among faith groups, county leaders, and fellow nonprofits, we’ve been able to:

  • Waive income requirements and double our pre-pandemic food distribution at drive-through locations throughout Montgomery County.
  • Purchase more food, including culturally-diverse fresh fruits and vegetables that our participants want.
  • Partner with MCPS when schools closed, to distribute thousands of weekend bags each week.
  • Home-deliver groceries to thousands of seniors and families who face high COVID risks or transportation barriers.
  • Fund a multicultural community liaison initiative to formalize our partnerships with trusted leaders within Latino, African Immigrant, and African American communities where food insecurity is highest. These partnerships are generating referrals to Manna services and providing feedback from community members about how Manna can improve our processes.
  • Provide food to smaller non-profit partners for dozens of pop-up food distribution events across the county.
  • Hire additional community outreach staff to help hundreds of neighbors apply for SNAP benefits.

You can hear more about how our team has responded to the pandemic — just click here to listen to a conversation between our CEO, Jackie DeCarlo, and local business leader Carrie Fox on her podcast, Mission Forward.

As we yearn for a future beyond the grip of the virus, we will continue striving to create a community where all people, at all times, have access to safe, nutritious, affordable food.

Thank You to Our Generous Supporters

Thousands of community members have made financial or food donations to help Manna serve our neighbors during this challenging time. We are grateful to everyone who has stepped up during the pandemic, including the government, corporate, and foundation sponsors listed below.