Mobile Kitchen & Pop-Up Pantry

Meet “Manny”, the Manna Mobile Kitchen & Pop-Up Pantry! Manna Food Center launched this new component of community food education programming and food distribution last year. Since then, we’ve been changing the way people eat in Montgomery County, MD for the better!


Manna’s Mobile Kitchen and Pop-Up Pantry is currently looking for partnerships in the 2019 season. We’d love to collaborate with your organization to bring cooking/nutrition classes and food distribution support directly to your community! Click here to speak with our Program Coordinator and schedule the Mobile Kitchen.

Manny the Mobile Kitchen and Pop-Up Pantry serves two separate functions, as a classroom to teach general nutrition principles through cooking, and as a food distribution vehicle. Please read below to find out more about these individual functions.


Cooking and Nutrition Classes


Here at Manna, we are determined to make healthy eating accessible for all residents of Montgomery County. We now offer a series of 8 Manny cooking classes that span the entire school year. In the series, we will touch on topics such as whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables, and much more! We align our nutrition concepts with cooking lessons for an hour of an engaging, hands-on learning experience. We also provide cooking classes for adults on Manny. With our adults, we still talk about nutrition topics but our cooking lessons are a little more involved.

We can fit up to 12 adults/seniors or 14 children on the bus at one time for a lesson. If your group is larger, we’d be happy to rotate through participants, stay at your location until we reach every individual, or revisit your site multiple times to adequately serve your group. Manna provides lessons, volunteers, and cooking demonstration food. Click here to request our Mobile Kitchen offered by Manna Food Center.

Mobile Kitchen classes run from March to November, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-3pm. Scheduling preference is given to groups that request back-to-back recurring classes.

Interested in any of our other Nutrition Education Opportunities? Please click here to find out more.

Pop-Up Pantries


In addition to classes, we offer Pop-Up Pantries with the same vehicle. These mobile pantries consist of a partial food distribution for up to 50 families that are food-insecure in Montgomery County. We aim to provide both fresh produce and shelf-stable items through these distributions. If you know of a group of individuals that could benefit from food assistance, or would like us to provide this service at your location please click here to place a Pop-Up Pantry request.



Would you like Manny, the Mobile Kitchen and Pop-Up Pantry Vehicle to make an appearance at your next community event? We are able to accommodate a variety of event requests, including health fairs, school meet and greets, and donor-driven events, based on our availability. Please click here to place an event request.

Event time slots are generally available March through November from 10:00am to 6:00pm Wednesdays – Saturdays.



Interested in getting involved with Manny at your nonprofit, school, or place of work? Please select one of the options below and follow the links:


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