Breaking Bread 09/16

Manna’s monthly Breaking Bread series continues on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 12-1:30pm via Zoom

Join us for this continued exploration of the root causes of food insecurity and new ways to reduce this experience in our community.

COVID and Food Security:  The Impact on the Black and African American Community of Montgomery County

With guest speaker:

Nkossi Dambita, MD, MPH, MS

Director of Clinical Services

African American Health Program

Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson, Community Food Education Program Manager, Manna Food Center

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Remember, this is a virtual potluck so bring your lunch!

Manna Food Center and MCPS have been collaborating since mid-March on bulk distributions of weekend bags to support families when MCPS meal sites are not operating (usually Saturday & Sunday).  We have been selecting sites based on convenience to multiple meal site locations as well as in an attempt to address specific needs of communities that don’t have an MCPS meal site nearby. These distributions will continue throughout the fall semester.

This week we will be providing weekend bags on Friday, 09/11 from 11am-1pm.  MCPS school buses and DOT staff will be at the following sites, facilitating:

Argyle Middle School – 2400 Bel Pre Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Montgomery Blair High School – 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Damascus High School – 25921 Ridge Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School – 13737 Wisteria Dr, Germantown, MD 20874
New Hampshire Estates Elementary School – 8720 Carroll Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Gaithersburg ES  – 35 N Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Quince Orchard HS  – 15800 Quince Orchard Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Galway Elementary – 12612 Galway Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Sargent Shriver ES  – 12518 Greenly St, Silver Spring, MD 20906

The bags are designed to provide a few family-sized pantry staples (canned vegetables, beans, tuna, rice, pasta) for two days as well as provide some foods that kids can prepare themselves (instant oatmeal, fruit cups, milk box.  The number of bags provided to each household is determined by household size and bag inventory at each site.

9:30-11:30 am (Dennis Ave Health Center, Silver Spring). The Food Recovery and Access working group supports the increased recovery of, equitable access to and advocacy for more healthful food for Montgomery County residents. We do this by working with the Food Council leadership to build capacity of food assistance organizations, amplify the work of Community Food Rescue, and integrate local and regional efforts into the work of community, non-profit, business and government stakeholders.

More low-income students have accessed #schoolbreakfast thanks to schools adopting breakfast after the bell service models that move breakfast out of the cafeteria and make it a part of the school day. Learn more with the Food Research & Action Center’s resourcebit.ly/2vkgAPD

The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America, and in cooperation with the National CACFP Forum, draws anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates; federal, state and local government officials; child advocates; representatives of food banks and food rescue organizations; sponsoring organizations and nutrition and anti-obesity groups.

Members of Congress, Hill staff, and key Administration officials attend the conference, provide comments as part of plenary sessions and panels, and join participants at receptions and special events.

The three-day event is packed with numerous networking opportunities, interactive training, content-rich sessions, and a day on Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their key staffers. Participants share information and learn how to strengthen the quality and reach of federal nutrition programs, learn best outreach and program practices from other states and localities, fill in the gaps in food service for millions of low-income children, and identify creative ideas for new and innovative approaches to ending hunger.

The National CACFP Leadership track brings together the CACFP community to discover best practices, shape change, meet with USDA officials, and learn strategies for successfully implementing the new healthier CACFP meal pattern, identify opportunities for cutting red tape, and building a thriving CACFP program.

Our purpose is to dive deep into the root causes of hunger and poverty and explore new solutions to ending those experiences in our community.  We break bread/share food with one another at these gatherings in recognition of the central role food plays in all of our lives.  We build relationships while working to ensure that our community is a place where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to making Montgomery County, Maryland a place where all live in dignity.

Join us next Wednesday from 4-5:30pm and every month on the 3rd Wednesday at 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 200, Silver Spring MD 20904!  Bring a co-worker or friend with you!

Spend a sweet afternoon with Montgomery Parks!

Join us for Afternoon S’mores at your local Urban Park. Come with your family, friends or come alone. We will have the fire, graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows ready for you. It is free!

We are accepting donations for those in need so please feel free to bring nonperishable and/or canned food. Drop off your donation at the park and stay for some delicious S’mores!

Saturday, February 22nd
12-2 pm
Warner Circle Park
10231 Carroll Place
Kensington, MD 20895