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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

In the upcoming  2019 Community Food Rescue Week, members of the community will glean apples from a local orchard, learn how to compost food scraps, cook with recovered food and much more.

Oct. 20, 2019


Koiner Farm Tour and Compost Demonstration

Take a family friendly tour of Koiner Farm, a non-profit production and educational farm, and learn more about composting from local experts. You’ll have a chance to win a basket of farm goods and MoCo Made products in a raffle to benefit Koiner Farm.

Sign Up here:

In the event of rain the farm tour and composting workshop will be held on 10/26/19 from 2:00-4:00pm

This event is supported by Bethesda Green, the Montgomery County Food Council, the Compost Crew, and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Oct. 21, 2019


Gleaning Apples at Butler’s Orchard

Join MoCo Master Gardeners to glean apples at Butler’s Orchard. Later in the week, volunteers will be baking the apples into delicious dishes for CFR network nonprofit organizations that provide food to those experiencing hunger (and we’ll have samples to share at CFRW events!). Sign Up Here:

Oct. 22, 2019


Cooking with Recovered Food

Join STEP Chef Scott Ulen, MoCo Food Council and KindWorks to turn recovered food into delicious and nutritious meals to be donated to CFR Partner organizations.

Sign up through Ages 13+ with an adult; space is limited. 

Oct. 23, 2019


True Respite Food Rescue Happy Hour

Mix and mingle with foodies and food advocates who support our local food system, promote food security and fight food waste. We’ll be recognizing volunteers and this year’s CFR mini-grant awardees. Enjoy local beer, wine, kombucha, and soda and taste delicious food made by CFR Cooks! $10 includes appetizers and first drink.  Sign Up here:

This event is supported by True Respite Brewery and Red Wiggler Community Farm.

Oct. 26, 2019


No Waste, Big Taste: A Rescued Food Cooking Competition 2019

CFR Week ends with an epic showdown between two teams of local chefs and sous chefs. Watch as they compete to prepare the tastiest two-course meal using a mystery basket of recovered food. While they’re cooking we’ll have food waste and recovery trivia with fun prizes! Sign Up here:

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

Check out the photo highlights from last year’s 2018 Community Food Rescue Week!

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

Watch Manna Food Center CEO Jackie DeCarlo discuss Community Food Rescue Week on NBC 4’s “Your Sunday.”



Tip of the Day

Reduce wasted food in your refrigerator.
In the U.S. 40% of all food produced is wasted every year. You can reduce the amount of wasted food in your refrigerator with these tips: Wrap leftover cheese loosely in wax paper, not plastic; Keep flour fresher almost twice as long by freezing it; Use a slice of bread to soften up hardened brown sugar.

Save the Food

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