Sharing Good Food in Welcoming Spaces

Our FY2019 Annual Report is now available!

Have you ever asked yourself, “Where did the time go?” Time has definitely gone quickly for Manna Food Center but the year has brought many rewarding successes that we are proud to share in this annual report. During this past fiscal year, we addressed many new challenges presented to us by the changing environment in Montgomery County, Maryland and the country. Whether dealing with a Federal government shut-down or convening conversations on racial equity and social justice, our vision of a county where everyone lives in dignity and no one goes hungry remains steadfast. This year we reached 34,250 neighbors by distributing 3.1 million pounds of nutritious food while also educating students of all ages through Manny, our “kitchen on wheels.”

With the support of our Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, and local policymakers, we laid the groundwork of a “Food for All” Capital Campaign which will allow Manna to reach 10,000 new hungry children, seniors and working poor by the end of 2020. This bold approach is focused on offering healthy, tasty, culturally appropriate food to high-poverty neighborhoods. We are also committed to strengthening those communities in partnership with organizations that share our values.

Our “Food for All” campaign reflects our strategic priorities and already we have much progress to be proud of and celebrate this year. We opened a new choice pantry distribution site at Gaithersburg Middle School, increased food rescue work in the community kitchen we share in Silver Spring, and opened our second school-based pantry where several moms who receive food also volunteer.

Our work grows out of a commitment to frugality, prosperity, and excellence. As a leader in the local not-for-profit community, Manna upholds high standards of accountability and transparency. This year we were recognized by the Catalogue of Philanthropy, Guide Star, and Charity Navigator with superior ratings.

We are grateful for the time and commitment of our dedicated staff, supportive volunteers,
and generous donors. As you read this annual report, we hope the review of successes will energize you for the future. We look forward to seeing you soon as we launch the public phase of “Food for All” with a series of activities designed to inspire your deeper investment.

There is still much work left to be done to achieve “Food for All,” and your continued support will make it all possible.

Ending hunger: It’s What we do!