Strategic Plan

After taking a fresh look at its work & mission, Manna Food Center released a 2017-2020 strategic plan.   Our mission remains the same as when we began in 1983: to strive to eliminate hunger through food distribution, education, and advocacy.  Our core values have been reaffirmed as service, respect, & partnership.  Through our planning process, Manna articulated an ambitious new vision: 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.

For the next three years, with support from our community, Manna will focus on pursuing its mission and vision by focusing on three top priorities.  Within each priority are specific goals that help shape our day-to-day activities.

Priority I: Participant-centered & data driven program delivery
Priority II: Community Leadership & Advocacy
Priority III: A values-based business model that supports the people who make our work possible

Manna will judge our success on the basis of quantifiable and qualitative indicators created each year.  We will also evaluate our impact in the context of community efforts such as the county’s Food Security Plan. Manna Food Center has also accepted the United Nations Zero Hunger 2030 Challenge.  Here in Montgomery County, Maryland, we are thinking globally and acting locally to achieve our vision of good food for everyone all the time.

The plan is a “living document” that will change and evolve as we reach our goals and as our strategies are tested.  For the latest information, contact Jackie DeCarlo, Chief Executive Officer at jackie@mannafood.org or 240.268.2524.