Food for Families
Hunger is a complex issue, and Manna’s Food for Families program is our multifaceted response. As the leading food resource for Montgomery County since 1983, Manna collects and shares up to 3.3 million pounds of food each year with approximately 12,000 families.
Manna collects and shares up to 3.3 million pounds of food each year with approximately 12,000 families.
Manna offers an average of 3,300 families approximately 45 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food every month. This allows families to boost their monthly food budget by more than $100 dollars a month.
Our Food for Families program begins with Manna’s food pickups from about 40 grocery stores and farmers markets across the county. Manna screens and sorts rescued produce, then combines fresh food with shelf-stable items. These are often donated to us from a range of community groups from Scouts to synagogues. Thanks to the service of our community and corporate volunteers, the food is sorted according to nutritional content and quality. Food boxes are shared at our warehouse daily and through a network of satellite locations. Many of these satellite locations serve seniors living in subsidized housing. Seniors often face additional barriers to food access including unique health, social, and nutrition challenges.
Food for Families involves many moving parts. We give a special thanks to our partners at Salvation Army, Glenmont United Methodist Church, Clifton Park Baptist Church, Colesville Presbyterian Church, Silver Spring United Methodist Church and Gaithersburg Middle School, who regularly welcome us to their locations for food distribution activities. If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, please click here.
Together we can end hunger.