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December 7: Manna Attends Food Council Meeting

As Manna serves on the Food Council, we will attend the upcoming Food Council meeting with Anne Palmer and Mark Winne of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Monday December 7th 9:30am-1pm in Rockville or Bethesda. Council Members will meet with JHCLF for guidance on developing and executing an advocacy campaign.

This event is closed to the public.

Manna, as the Coordinator of Community Food Rescue, is responsible for helping shape policies related to composting of food that can’t be shared with people or animals, and will be in attendance at the  Environmental Impact Public Meeting. This meeting takes place Thursday, December 3rd, 12-1:30pm in Derwood at the Agricultural History Farm Park: “On-Farm Composting in Montgomery County: Opportunities, Resources, and Challenges.” The main goal of the event is to share information on new opportunities for on-farm composting due to recent regulation changes.

 

Manna’s very own Jenna Umbriac, Director of Nutrition Programs will be presenting at the Ending Hunger in Montgomery County, Breaking the Cycle Conference, she will be speaking about the barrier to accessing healthy food in Montgomery County. Jenna will be joined by many other speakers in the community, including one of Manna’s past Board Members, Marla Caplon, Director of Nutrition and Supervisor of Health and P.E., Montgomery County Public Schools.

This Healthy Montgomery Eat Well Be Active Partnership conference will be held on Wednesday, December 9th, 9:00am at:

Agricultural History Farm, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood MD. 20855

REGISTER NOW!

 

Panel Organizations:

Manna Food Center

Montgomery County Food Council

Kaiser Permanente

Women, Infants, and Children, WIC

Montgomery County Department of Planning

Montgomery County Public Schools

CCI Health & Wellness Centers

Unity Health Care Health Center: Upper Cardozo

Montgomery County Department of Recreation

 

Saturday, December 5, 10:30 AM

AG Kitchen’s Alex Garcia faces off against Manna’s Director of Nutrition Programs, Jenna Umbriac in a friendly Chopped-style competition, using surprise CANNED ingredients, donated by Whole Foods Market, Silver Spring. It all goes down during FRESHFARM Market at the Fountain Plaza Stage in Downtown Silver Spring!

With celebrity emcee Tommy McFly and special judges Carol Sugarman of Bethesda Magazine and Meredith Bethune of DC EATER, this unCANny culinary exhibition is not to be missed!

Free Winter Festival!

Saturday, December 5th 1pm- 4pm

Fair Hill Shops welcomes the community to celebrate a Winter Festival and to donate canned food items to benefit Manna Food Center on Saturday, December 5 from 1p – 4p.

Each donation will receive a cool LED light-up mug with a package of Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa!

Festival activities include:

Winter Festival Details!

 

Rockville Town Square Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting!

Save the date! Celebrate the holidays at the Square with their annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting event on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30-9pm.  Customers can bring a donation in exchange for their horse and carriage ride!

Schedule of Events
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
5:30-6:30pm: Live Holiday Music
6:30pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival, hosted by WUSA9’s Nikki Burdine
7pm: Dawn Crafton Dance Studio Performance, Main Stage near Thai Pavilion
7:45pm: The Next Ice Age Ice Dancing Performances, Ice rink
8pm: Theaterpalooza Performance, Main Stage Near Thai Pavilion
7 – 9pm: Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Bring your own camera!)
Horse & Carriage Rides with non-perishable food or cash donation*
Holiday treats for sale on the plaza, provided by Dawson’s Market
Strolling entertainment
Balloon art

 * Food and monetary donations from the horse and carriage rides will benefit Manna Food Center!

Event is weather permitting. Please check the Rockville Town Square Twitter and Facebook for live updates.

Click here for event details!

 

Friday, November 20 from 6-8pm

Join Rio Washingtonian Center on the Lakefront Plaza (near Uncle Julio’s and Joe’s Crab Shack) as they kick-off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting celebration!

Family-friendly events and activities including:

Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus (Santa will be arriving at approximately 6:30pm and must leave promptly at 8pm to get back to the North Pole)

Samples from Restaurants and Shops

Strolling Holiday Entertainment

Horse and Carriage Rides

Giveaways and more!

 

Drop off a canned food item for Manna Food Center at the RIO Washingtonian Guest Services Tent!

 

CLICK HERE for printable flyer

* Please note that the Balloon Twisters, Santa & Mrs. Claus and the horse and carriages will be leaving promptly at 8pm, please expect the lines to close for these activities prior 7:30pm.

 

Register to win a VIP Experience from RIO Washingtonian!

One winner will receive VIP parking, dinner for four at Copper Canyon ($200), and cut-the-line passes to Santa, the Carousel, and horse and carriage rides. CLICK HERE to enter.

Rio Tree Lighting Sign

From November 16th to 20th, Results Leadership Group will be hosting a food drive in the WRIT One Central Plaza office building, with donations to benefit Manna. Office residents and community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the Results Leadership Group office at 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1001 during the week of the drive.

WHAT: Non-Perishable Food Drive
WHEN: November 16th to November 20th
WHERE: 11300 Rockville Pike Suite1001
Rockville MD 20852
WHY: To alleviate Hunger in Montgomery County, MD!

Click here for more information.

Join the fun at Downtown Silver Spring on the Fountain Plaza, Saturday, November 14th at 6pm to light up Well-Seasoned Greetings and kick off our season-long Foodie Festivus! Well-Seasoned Greetings, an impressive 30-foot public art installation, features illuminated take-out containers, “u-tinsel,” spatula snowflakes and topped with a stunning glass bottle star.

 

Bring a canned food donation to benefit Manna Food Center!

Click here for more information!

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will be accepting canned goods and non-perishable food items to pay for library fines October 21st through October 30th.

One food item brought in will equal $1 off on library fines! Food items should be taken to the library’s circulation desk. All food collected will be donated to Manna!

Donations should include only shelf-stable foods, such as canned fruits, vegetables and meats, dried beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sugar cereals, baby food, formula and vegetarian items. Home-canned items, opened foods, or foods past their expiration dates will not be accepted.

Customers must have existing fines or hold fees to participate in the Food for Fines program, but anyone may donate food items at the libraries during the drive. Food for Fines donations cannot be used towards fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, lost card fees or other charges.

For more information, contact local library branches, or visit https://montgomerycountypubliclibraries.blogspot.com/2018/10/food-for-fines-2018.html.

Ten Thousand Villages will be hosting a food drive to benefit Manna Food Center, October 21st through November 3rd.  Anyone who donates a food item will receive a 25% off coupon toward one full price item, to be used once through November 3rd.

Donations drop off: 107 Gibbs St., Unit D, Rockville 20850

301-340-7122

rockville.tenthousandvillages.com

 

About Ten Thousand Villages in Rockville, MD

Ten Thousand Villages in Rockville, MD, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

We are located in the new town square in Rockville. Gibbs Street runs parallel between North Washington Street and Maryland Avenue. Gibbs St. is a one way street connecting East Middle Lane to Bealls Ave. Park at the parking garages at Maryland Avenue and North Washington Street. Metered street parking is available as well.

2 hours of free garage parking with any purchase.

 

The Tempo Giusto Ensemble performs works by Handel, Haydn, Jacob, and Bach in a concert to help end hunger in the DC area. Featuring the talents of young performing artists Emma Resmini and Paul Wiancko, the ensemble partners with Music for Food with all financial proceeds going to support Manna Food Center.

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What/Why: Downtown Crown restaurants offer tastes of their signature dishes while you enjoy live music, a beer garden and more! Tickets for food and beer will be sold on site and all proceeds will benefit Manna Food.

Downtown Crown chefs offer tastings of their signature dishes while you enjoy the beer garden presented by Old Town Pour House.

– Live Music
– Photo booth
– Giveaways and More!
– Plus purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win some exciting prizes!

Tasting tickets are two for $5 or seven tastes and one free beer for $15

100% of all ticket sales benefit Manna Food Center

More details available HERE.

FREE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS Announcing Fall Training Schedule
If you work with a food assistance organization or if you are a volunteer food runner, sign up for one of Community Food Rescue’s FREE Safe Food Handling Trainings.Click on a date below to sign up.

Nov. 12 Training at Rainbow Community Development Center, Silver Spring

These FREE two hour trainings are intended for food rescue recipient organization staff and volunteers, and food runners who will be actively engaged in recovering unused surplus food from food businesses.  This abbreviated ServSafe training will cover 4 main areas:

  • Basic Food Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Cross-Contamination prevention
  • Time & Temperature Control

Community Food Rescue food runner guidelines will be covered and each participant will leave with the knowledge needed to safely receive food from donors, transport and deliver rescued food under proper temperature controls.

Insulated bag keeps foods at the correct temperature during a food run. Instructions on the top of the bag, reminds food runners how to handle and transport food safely.
Insulated bag keeps foods at the correct temperature during a food run. Instructions on the top of the bag, reminds food runners how to handle and transport food safely.

The first 15 food assistance organizations to register for CFR’s matching Web application will receive a CFR toolkit to include:

An insulated cooler bag, thermometer and alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, CFR food donation tracking sheets, a temperature control quick reference guide and copy of the ServSafe Employee Guide.

FAQs

What if I need Spanish translation or Spanish printed materials?

Please contact Teresa Johnson asap if you need a Spanish translator for this training. We will have a limited supply of ServSafe materials in Spanish at no cost to attendee.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For registration: Cheryl Kollin, Community Food Rescue 240-491-1958 cheryl@communityfoodrescue.org

For class content: Teresa Johnson, Family Services, Inc. (301) 693-7803 teresa.johnson@fs-inc.org

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have your name on our list

How do food businesses, food assistance organizations, and volunteer food runners sign up to participate in CFR’s Free matching Web application?

Visit CFR’s Web app page to get started.

Help harvest thousands of pounds of first-rate produce at Frist Fruits Farm. Come join the fun and help your neighbors in need!  Bring your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers!

Date: Saturday, October 10th
Time:  8:30am to approximately 11:30am or 12pm.

Where:  First Fruits Farm near Freeland, MD
Farm is about an hour north of Baltimore.

Volunteers will harvest and bag produce and help load the Manna truck.
Volunteers must be 7+ and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, 21 or over.
Students can earn SSL hours for this opportunity!

Click Here for details and to sign up today!  

FREE FOOD SAFETY TRAININGS

Announcing Fall Training Schedule

If you work with a food assistance organization or if you are a volunteer food runner, sign up for one of Community Food Rescue’s FREE Safe Food Handling Trainings.

A CFR volunteer food runner delivers donated food to GaithersburgHELP
A CFR volunteer food runner delivers donated food to GaithersburgHELP

The fall trainings will be held at various locations around the County. Click on a date below to sign up.

Sept. 30 Training at Family Services Inc., Gaithersburg

Oct. 20 Training at Bethesda Green, Bethesda

Nov. 12 Training at Rainbow Community Development Center, Silver Spring

These FREE two hour trainings are intended for food rescue recipient organization staff and volunteers, and food runners who will be actively engaged in recovering unused surplus food from food businesses.  This abbreviated ServSafe training will cover 4 main areas:

  • Basic Food Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Cross-Contamination prevention
  • Time & Temperature Control

Community Food Rescue food runner guidelines will be covered and each participant will leave with the knowledge needed to safely receive food from donors, transport and deliver rescued food under proper temperature controls.

Insulated bag keeps foods at the correct temperature during a food run. Instructions on the top of the bag, reminds food runners how to handle and transport food safely.
Insulated bag keeps foods at the correct temperature during a food run. Instructions on the top of the bag, reminds food runners how to handle and transport food safely.

The first 15 food assistance organizations to register for CFR’s matching Web application will receive a CFR toolkit to include:

An insulated cooler bag, thermometer and alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, CFR food donation tracking sheets, a temperature control quick reference guide and copy of the ServSafe Employee Guide.

FAQs

What if I need Spanish translation or Spanish printed materials?

Please contact Teresa Johnson asap if you need a Spanish translator for this training. We will have a limited supply of ServSafe materials in Spanish at no cost to attendee.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For registration: Cheryl Kollin, Community Food Rescue 240-491-1958 cheryl@communityfoodrescue.org

For class content: Teresa Johnson, Family Services, Inc. (301) 693-7803 teresa.johnson@fs-inc.org

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have your name on our list

How do food businesses, food assistance organizations, and volunteer food runners sign up to participate in CFR’s Free matching Web application?

Visit CFR’s Web app page to get started.

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If you missed the first culinary battle, the competitors (and generous partners) will be at it again on Sunday, September 27 making delicious, spontaneous creations out of local foods supplied by our favorite Clarksburg Farm vendors: Scenic View Orchards, Valencia’s Produce, and Abundant Grace Farm.  Come watch the fun, taste the food, and vote for the winner!

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This farmers market week, be sure to support the markets that support Manna Food Center: Central Farm Markets, Olney Farm and Artisan Market, City of Rockville Market, and Clarksburg Farmers Market.  Last month, these markets and the their generous vendors combined to provide over 20,000 pounds of fresh, regional produce to Montgomery County families served by Manna.

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Join us on November 3rd for the biggest food drive you’ve ever seen!

Join us on November 3rd for the biggest food drive you’ve ever seen!

In honor of Farmers Market week we are remembering the epic battle between Manna’s Nutrition Education team and Whole Foods Market’s Chef Charlie at the Clarksburg Farmers Market’s Inaugural “Chopped” Challenge.

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If you missed the first culinary battle, the competitors (and generous partners) will be at it again on Sunday, September 27 making delicious, spontaneous creations out of local foods supplied by our favorite Clarksburg Farm vendors: Scenic View Orchards, Valencia’s Produce, and Abundant Grace Farm.  Come watch the fun, taste the food, and vote for the winner!

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This farmers market week, be sure to support the markets that support Manna Food Center: Central Farm Markets, Olney Farm and Artisan Market, City of Rockville Market, and Clarksburg Farmers Market.  Last month, these markets and the their generous vendors combined to provide over 20,000 pounds of fresh, regional produce to Montgomery County families served by Manna.

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