Donate Food to Manna
We couldn’t share food with our neighbors without you. Manna appreciates donations both from individuals & groups.
One of the ways you can help is to sponsor a food drive at your office, faith-based organization, civic group, school, club, or neighborhood association. Check out this Most Needed Foods List to donate the most healthy and helpful foods.
You can drop off food donations Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm at:
An after-hours drop box is located outside the main entrance for donations made after our regular office hours. For safety reasons, please only place shelf-stable (no refrigerated or frozen) items in these bins.
If you collect a large amount of food (more than a minivan will hold), we may be able to arrange for one of our trucks to pick up the donated food with advance notice. Simply contact Manna at 301-424-1130. Please note that we may need several days lead time – or even a couple of weeks during busy times (especially the holidays)– in order to pick up your donation.
Foods Unsuitable for Donation
At Manna, we care greatly about the health of our community and respectfully ask that you do NOT donate soda, cakes, cookies, or candy, as we will not provide these goods to our participants.
Kindly note that we CANNOT distribute the following:
- Foods canned/pickled/preserved at home.
- Foods in sharply dented, swollen, bulging, leaking or rusted cans.
- Bulk foods that have been repackaged.
- Foods in containers without labels.
- Foods in opened or torn containers exposing the food to potential contamination.
- Foods with an “off” odor or foods that show any other signs of spoilage (browning, slimy layer, unusual color).
- “Distressed” foods = foods that have been exposed to fire, flooding, excessive heat, smoke, radiation, other environmental contamination.
- Foods that have been recalled for potential health risks.
Before you donate food that is past it’s best by or best if used by or sell by date take some time to learn about package dates first here. As you’ll learn, most food is perfectly good to eat weeks, months, and even years past those dates! Knowing this, Manna does share food past date. Here’s a guide to how long past date we’ll distribute commonly donated items:
- Baking Mixes – 8 months
- Dry Beans and Nuts – 1 year
- Cereal and Crackers – 1 to 2 years
- Uncooked Rice/Pasta – 1 to 2 years
- Canned High-Acid Foods (peaches, tomatoes, juice, etc.) – 12 to 18 months
- Canned Low-Acid Foods (meat and vegetables) – 2 to 3 years
- Food in Glass/Plastic Jars – 2 to 3 years