MissionManna Food Center, a nonprofit organization, strives to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy.
About Manna Food CenterManna 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 72,000â€”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.