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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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Manna Healthy Food Wish List

Here is a handy list of the food we need most often at Manna.


In the United States processed food products with added sugar and salt are often more affordable than nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. For this reason those of us with limited material resources find it easier to fill up on calorie-dense food that does not contain the varied nutrients our bodies need.

The suggestions listed here will help guide you in providing the most healthful donation for our neighbors who need it most.

Fruits and Vegetables

Choose canned fruits and vegetables in an array of colors to provide a variety of vitamins and minerals.

  • Low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Canned tomato products with no added
    sugar or salt
  • Canned fruit (in juice)
  • Dried fruit (no added sugar)


    Choose canned lean meats as a good source of protein and canned or dry beans for added fiber.

  • Canned tuna/salmon in water
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned chili
  • Canned beans
  • Dried beans
  • Nut butters
  • Dry-roasted or raw nuts and seeds


    100% whole grains and grain products offer a complete package of nutrients.

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa, buckwheat and other whole grains
  • Whole-wheat pasta
  • Rolled oats and plain instant oatmeal
  • Low sugar, high fiber cereal

    Additional healthful items

  • Boxed (UHT) or evaporated milk
  • Vegetable oils (olive, peanut, etc.)
  • Tea and coffee
  • Vegetarian items (soups, chili)
  • Infant cereals
  • Baby food/formula
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables

    One of the most requested items from our clients is fresh produce. Why not plant an extra row in your garden this year and help us feed those less fortunate? Manna will gladly take your extra fresh garden fruit and vegetables.

    Unfortunately, Manna is not able to accept prepared food that is not made and packaged in a commercial kitchen. We would be happy to refer you to one of the many soup kitchens or emergency shelters that can use these types of donations.