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Manna Food Center
9311 Gaither Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
301-424-1130  |
½ mile from Shady Grove Road

United Way #8846
CFC #23028

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About Manna


Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization, strives to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy.

About Manna Food Center

Manna Food Center is the primary food resource for people in Montgomery County, Maryland who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity. Nearly every county nonprofit organization relies on Manna to provide essential food to their clients. Manna is that rare organization that achieves synergy by bringing together government, corporations, nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, and individuals with the common cause of fighting hunger in Montgomery County.

Founded in 1983, Manna Food Center strives to end hunger in Montgomery County through education, advocacy, and food distribution. Since our founding, Manna has helped thousands of our neighbors escape the grip of hunger allowing them to focus on achieving greater self-sufficiency. Today, Manna provides food to nearly 40,000 individuals each year.

Hunger is a hidden, but prevalent problem in Montgomery County. According to Maryland Hunger Solutions and Feeding America between 72,000—82,000 people experience hunger in the County each day. According to Montgomery County Public Schools, 35% of all students receive free or reduced price meals; an indication of the poverty our neighbors face in their daily struggle towards self-sufficiency.

Through our core food distribution program (Food for Families), Manna provides food to an average of 3,760 families each month at more than a dozen locations throughout the county. Manna provides each family with approximately 70 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as shelf-stable foods.

Manna also provides food through our agency distribution program (Food for Agencies) at no charge to dozens of Montgomery County soup kitchens, food pantries, group homes, and emergency shelters.

Manna's innovative Karen Goldberg Smart Sacks program pairs a business or organization with a nearby elementary school. Together we provide a bag of healthy foods to more than 2,320 elementary school children each week at more than 60 partner elementary schools. The children receive their food on Fridays so they have food on the weekend when there are no school meals to nourish them.

We rely on the generosity of our community to fight hunger. You can help. Donate food, funds or volunteer to help us fight hunger and feed hope in Montgomery County.

Our Programs

Manna has three primary programs:

Food Distribution to Families

Manna's primary food distribution program provides food to an average of 3,760 families each month. Program participants may pick up food every 30 days at one of Manna's distribution sites located across Montgomery County. They receive 70 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and shelf-stable food. We also deliver food directly to several low-income apartment complexes and community centers across the county. All program participants must be Montgomery County residents and have a household income that falls below the self-sufficiency standard for the County.

Smart Sacks

In 2005, Manna founded Smart Sacks which partners Manna, local businesses and organizations with elementary schools. Together we provide the children with bags full of healthy food every Friday so they have food on the weekends when there are no school meals to sustain them.

Food Distribution to Agencies

Manna also provides food to dozens of Montgomery County agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, group homes, and emergency shelters throughout Montgomery County. These agencies have limited funds to address the root causes of poverty and hunger.