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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.

Thank you for helping make the second annual Community Food Rescue Week a success!

Click Here to read the full 2019 Press Release.

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2nd Annual No Waste, Big Taste Cooking Competition

The Winning Team of Kyley McGeeney and Chef Bryan Lacayo with Manna CEO Jackie DeCarlo

Check out the photo highlights from the 2019 Community Food Rescue Week!

Watch highlights from the event and an interview with Manna CEO Jackie DiCarlo, from our media sponsor MyMCMedia.

Gleaning Apples at Butler’s Orchard

Butler's Orchard

Following gleaning at Butler’s Orchard, we joined with co-hosts Silver Spring United Methodist Church, STEP Chef Scott Ulen, MoCo Food Council and KindWorks volunteers to cook gleaned apples into apple crisp. Using recovered food, we cooked other delicious dishes from recovered food such as crostini with greens, and fall grain salad. The 100 prepared meals were donated CFR network member, the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. We also prepared appetizers and apple crisp that were served at other Community Food Rescue Week events. 

Thank You Happy Hour

Happy Hour True Respite

Foodies and food advocates mixed and mingled at True Respite Brewery to discuss our local food system, promote food security and fight food waste. We recognized CFR volunteers and this year’s CFR mini-grant awardees. Attendees enjoyed True Respite’s beer, wine, kombucha, and soda that accompanied delicious appetizers and dessert made from Butler’s Orchard gleaned apples, Red Wiggler Community Farm,a greens and recovered food at a CFR Cooks! Event earlier in the week.

Koiner Farm Tour and Compost Demonstration


Koiner Farm, the only urban farm in Montgomery County welcomed us along with Bethesda Green, the Montgomery County Food Council, the Compost Crew, and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Each organization shared their connection to our food system, starting with how food is grown to how food scraps are turned into compost.  Attendees learned how to reduce food waste at home while enriching their gardens and the environment by composting food scraps.

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors, event co-hosts, and supporters!

Check out the press from 2019 CFRW! Click each image to read the full story. 

Podcast: Foodie and the Beast 10-20-19 Episode. Interview with Jenna Umbriac, Director of Programs & Policy.Manna Food Center Celebrates Grand Openings, Announces Community Food Rescue Events

Manna Food Center Celebrates Grand Openings, Announces Community Food Rescue Events

Local chefs compete to turn ‘ugly’ produce into gourmet meals(Ft. Video Interviews at the No Waste, Big Taste Cooking Competition)



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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.

Community Food Rescue Because food is a terrible thing to waste Manna Food Center Fighting Hunger & Feeding Hope