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Feed More, Waste Less

Manna Food Center organized Community Food Rescue Week to inspire action and spotlight ways the community can come together to tackle food waste and hunger. Manna also encouraged more food businesses and nonprofit food recipient organizations to join its Community Food Rescue network.

Join us Oct. 20-26 for Community Food Rescue Week 2019

More details coming soon!

Throughout Community Food Rescue Week 2018, members of the community cooked with rescued food, tested their food knowledge during a night of trivia, gleaned apples from a local orchard, learned how to compost food scraps, and much more. Check out our photo highlights from the week!

Scroll down to learn more about each of the events.

Oct. 13, 2018

Composting at Urban Gardening Expo

In partnership with the Montgomery County Food Council’s Environmental Impact Working Group and Master Gardeners, we educated expo attendees on reducing food waste and enriching their gardens and the environment by composting food scraps. View photos from the event here!

Oct. 14, 2018

Cooking with Recovered Food

Marriott International executive chef Diego Fernandez joined a team of volunteers to combine ugly produce – unsold because it’s too bruised or misshapen – with other rescued ingredients to create delicious and nutritious meals. Finished meals were donated to food assistance providers. View photos from the event here!

Oct. 16, 2018

Trivia Night at Caddies

We co-hosted a night of trivia with Bethesda Green, District Trivia, and Caddies on Cordell that included five extra bonus rounds devoted to food trivia. Teams tested their food knowledge and supported local hunger relief and sustainability. Winning teams walked away with CFRW prizes. View photos from the event here!

Oct. 17, 2018

Founding Farmers Happy Hour

Attendees mixed and mingled with co-hosts Founding Farmers, foodies, and food advocates to support our local food system, food security and fight food waste. Manna Food Center CEO Jackie DeCarlo shared the county’s vision for food security.

Oct. 18, 2018

Gleaning at Butler’s Orchard

Montgomery County Master Gardners joined us at Butler’s Orchard, our event co-host and CFR network food donor, to glean apples. Some of the of perfectly good but unsellable apples were donated to help a CFR network food provider serve neighbors experiencing hunger. The rest were cooked into apple crisp on October 18th, Cooking with Gleaned Produce. View photos from the event here!

Oct. 18, 2018

Cooking with Gleaned Produce

Following gleaning at Butler’s Orchard, we joined with co-hosts Silver Spring United Methodist Church, Barrel + Crow chef Rita Garruba, and KindWorks volunteers to cook the apples into apple crisp. Event attendees learned what they could do with less-than-perfect produce at home to save money and reduce landfill waste. The prepared food was donated to food assistance providers. View photos from the event here!

Oct. 20, 2018

No Waste, Big Taste: A Rescued Food Cooking Competition

2018 Community Food Rescue Week concluded with No Waste Big Taste: A Rescued Food Cooking Competition at the FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market. Market-goers of all ages joined us to cheer on two teams of professional chefs competing to create two-course meals using mystery recovered food, including items from farm market vendors. Hen Quarter head chef Lenny Robinson and sous chef Bonnie Benwick, deputy food editor of The Washington Post, were named winners of the competition. For more details and photos from the competition, read our press release and check out our photo album!   

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors, event co-hosts, and supporters!

Click the image below to read a press release from CFRW’s flagship event: No Waste, Big Taste: A Rescued Food Cooking Competition.

Competitors (L to R): Chef Jalal Bellekat, Marriott Wardman Park; Caroline Taylor, Montgomery Countryside Alliance; Chef Lenny Robinson, Hen Quarter; Bonnie Benwick, Washington Post.

Click the image below to watch Manna Food Center CEO Jackie DeCarlo discuss Community Food Rescue Week on NBC 4’s “Your Sunday.”

Check out more press hits from 2018 CFRW! Click each image to read the full story. 




Tip of the Day

Don’t throw out those wilted vegetables!
A quick soak in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes is often enough to reinvigorate wilted veggies. Bendy carrots will straighten right up, lettuce will crisp, and limp broccoli will find its strength again. And even if they can’t be restored, some veggies you intended to eat raw — carrots, celery, and greens — can still shine in a cooked dish.

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About Community Food Rescue

Community Food Rescue, a program of Manna Food Center, is the coordinated food recovery network of Montgomery County, Maryland. This program enhances the good work of businesses, individuals, and organizations that already recover and redistribute perfectly good food to people experiencing hunger.

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