By Cheryl Kollin, Program Director, Community Food Rescue   The one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic provides a point in time to reflect on how this global crisis has jolted each of us personally and drastically affected our community.  In her article for Food Tank, Food (In)Security and Waste: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic , author Marie Mourad, PhD, offers insightful observations about the
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In the past year of the global pandemic, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 and about how quickly and dramatically our world can change. Sadly, some food businesses have had to close permanently. Others have found ways to stay open, keep their workers employed, and keep their customers and workers safe. Two local small
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Manna Food Center’s   Community Food Rescue  (CFR) and the  DC Food Recovery Working Group (DCFRWG) combined forces in October to co-host DMV Food Recovery Week. The week’s engaging and enlightening free and mostly virtual events—everything from food preservation to at-home composting—and improvisational cooking office hours were aimed at helping individuals and our community become more resilient. If you missed any of the virtual sessions, most
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With many food businesses closed during the current coronavirus pandemic, some of those working in food service have found ways to keep busy and give back to the community. Chef Rainer Zinngrebe from Marriott International has been furloughed since March. Over the past two years, he has given his time and expertise to CFR Cooks! as a
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Thanks to you, our Community Food Rescue volunteer food runners, participants in Manna’s Food for Families program are receiving fresh produce and other perishable food, frozen meat and shelf stable food right to their front door. Manna started home deliveries in March, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, for people who are at high risk.
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This year’s Manna Food Center’s  Community Food Rescue Week , Oct 20-26, demonstrated how our community is feeding more and wasting less with five public events.    The aim of the week is to raise public awareness about food waste, hunger, and recovery in Montgomery County. This year’s events were a great success, enabling us to thank CFR network members, expand the network, celebrate our
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Community Food Rescue (CFR) celebrated its third year by expanding our capacity to Feed More and Waste Less by cooking with recovered food. Thanks to a wonderful partnership with the Silver Spring United Methodist Church , Manna Food Center manages the newly-refurbished commercial kitchen as the churches’ mission-driven service to the community. The kitchen provides an expanded opportunity for Community Food Rescue, a
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Manna Food Center  was honored to be awarded  Bethesda Magazine’s  prestigious Green Award for their program, Community Food Rescue, at the 7th Annual  Bethesda Green  Gala on October 6th. Of 45 nominees, Manna joins five other businesses, non-profits, and individuals recognized for making a difference in our community.  CFR won in the category of Innovation-nonprofit for, ‘green products and/or services that is having
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Part 2 Manna Food Center , Montgomery County’s largest food bank and distribution center, serves almost 60% of the 70,000 Montgomery County residents who are food insecure. Who are the other unsung heroes in our community that receive and redistribute recovered food to those who experience hunger? Last summer I visited many of the growing network of Community Food Rescue (CFR) food assistance
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