The Montgomery County Farm to Food Bank program , born last year at the height of the global pandemic to help both farmers and people who are food insecure, was an idea that continues to flourish. Thanks to Montgomery County and Greater Washington Community Foundation , Manna Food Center received a grant to purchase freshly harvested produce, eggs, and meat from local farms. These products are then donated to
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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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