An inside look at Manna Food Center


“Each year [Manna Food Center] serves almost 40,000 people who are in need of food here in Montgomery County,” said Jackie DeCarlo, Executive Director of Manna Food Center.

The warehouse’s first-ever tour, open to everyone, was educational, tasty, and kind of like a party.

There were ten stations throughout the warehouse based on topics like childhood hunger, how to volunteer, and something called “sugar shocker.”

Visitors had to guess how much sugar was in various items, and the right answer, earned them a sticker.

More than 70,000 people in the county don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and Manna Food Center is looking to change that number through events like this.

“We partnered with Manna, so ten percent of our sales through our online service are going to go as a donation to Manna,” said Federico Garcia-Lopez, owner of Pana Empanadas.

The food center gets 3,700 phone calls, emails, and faxes every month from clients requesting food, so the more volunteers, the better.

“We always say we need food, friends, and funds,” said DeCarlo.

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