Manna Minute

July 29, 2016 | Lindsey Seegers

Pick up truck with produce

Three Minutes at Manna

Observations from three consecutive minutes at Manna this week: Mark Mills, a chocolatier, professional chef, and, oh yes, full-time farmer at Chocolate and Tomatoes farm, pulls up to Manna Food Center in his pick up truck, bearing gifts: coolers and crates overflow with freshly picked collard greens, cucumbers, jalapeños and even fresh ginger. 648 pounds of […]

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August 5, 2015 | Lindsey Seegers

Lindsey Seegers Manna Food 2014 Chopped event

Support Manna’s Supporters & Join Us for Chopped

In honor of Farmers Market week we are remembering the epic battle between Manna’s Nutrition Education team and Whole Foods Market’s Chef Charlie at the Clarksburg Farmers Market’s Inaugural “Chopped” Challenge. If you missed the first culinary battle, the competitors (and generous partners) will be at it again on Sunday, September 27 making delicious, spontaneous […]

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June 25, 2015 | Lindsey Seegers

This looks more colorful (and intriguing) than flakes from a cereal box!

Burritos and Pizza: It’s What’s for Breakfast

June rounds out another series of Cooking Matters at the Store tours–that’s 200 Manna clients attending in-store nutrition classes in just three months! While I’ve shared some exciting updates about our bi-lingual store tours, we’ve begun an additional class format that allows us to reach even further into the marginalized area of our community. “Pop-Up […]

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April 9, 2015 | Lindsey Seegers

tomatoes at the grocery store

Shopping on the Cheap

These “April showers” are certainly living up to their reputation. So far, the spring is warm, but not so much yet that our farmer’s markets are open and bursting with vibrant produce. The conventional grocery stores into which I’ve stepped lately feature piles of pineapple and citrus. Give me some veggies, too, please! During conversations […]

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January 30, 2015 | Lindsey Seegers

Nutriton Educator Lindsey with IMPACT Silver Spring

You Say Potato, I Say Patata

I’ve shared before how much our clients value our Cooking Matter at the Store grocery store tours. We’ve reached over 500 participants in this wonderful program, and at least once a month a client calls to share: “I really never knew that it was cheaper to buy in bulk! I’m saving on my grocery bill […]

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January 23, 2015 | Lindsey Seegers

snacks can be pretty AND healthy! here is some homemade hummus with whole wheat pita & roasted veggies

Three Tips to a Healthy New Year

At Manna, I post recipes in our lobby and send out health tips in all of our closed food boxes. While I create them for clients, I’m especially tickled when volunteers and visiting donors take a recipe and tell me what a hit it was with their families. As Manna’s Nutrition Educator, I like to […]

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January 13, 2015 | Lindsey Seegers

Margarine of Error

I spy with my little eye some lofty promises around what looks like a candy bar. “Get 35% of your daily fiber, antioxidants Vitamin E and zinc, plus whole grains in this delicious flavor from the folks at Kellogg’s FiberPlus®. With tasty ingredients like real peanuts and peanut butter, plus a chocolatey drizzle on top […]

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November 3, 2014 | Lindsey Seegers

Olney Farmers Market Lindsey

Apple-Honey Dressing to Write Home About

Manna has been operating its Farm to Food Bank program since 2010 and values its close relationship with local and regional farmers. Each weekend from May through November Manna receives unsold produce from seven Montgomery County farmers markets.  Through this initiative, known as Fresh Give, these markets provide Manna with over 20,000 pounds of fresh […]

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October 8, 2014 | Lindsey Seegers


SNAP Challenge: Sweet (one dollar!) Potato Soup

It’s SNAP Challenge week. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called Food Stamps. I—along with professionals and individuals from Maryland, DC, and Virginia—am attempting to shop for my household for one week on $33. While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles Manna families […]

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July 8, 2014 | Lindsey Seegers

photo of child drawing on sidewalk with chalk

Feed the Children Well

How many prongs do you see in the picture above? When you think you have counted them, count them again. It’s easy to look and still not really see some things. I was driving down Shady Grove Road towards Manna and noticed on the sidewalk ahead a father and daughter taking a stroll. Such a […]

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