Articles by Jenna Umbriac

April 21, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

Nutrition vs Food – The Real Hunger Fight

Although I’ve been at Manna for nearly 2 years now, I still get looks of confusion or surprise when I tell people I work at a food bank. Because I am a dietitian, folks anticipate that I will describe my work at a local hospital or private practice or maybe even directing a school cafeteria.  […]

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April 18, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

photo truck full of donated cereal

Bullis Cereal Drive for Manna

The kids at Bullis School did their annual cereal drive, and yesterday Manna received 1,367 boxes of cereal! It was an amazing haul for Manna, and ended up being 2,230 pounds of food for our clients. They filled the entire truck! Thank you to the great team at Bullis for helping us re-stock our shelves […]

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April 12, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

Join Us At Growlers for FourSquare Day

Join Manna Food Center and the Social Media Club of Gaithersburg at Growlers of Gaithersburg on Tuesday, April 16 for a good time, good deals, and a food drive for Manna! It’s FourSquare day, brought to you by the Social Media Club of Gaithersburg. Check in to Growler’s and join the party at 5:30pm. Bring […]

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April 11, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

photo Manna Food Drive

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Benefits Manna

This weekend, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival takes over the Gaitherburg-based Montgomery County Fairgrounds! The festival presents over 250 top artisans selling their wares throughout the fairgrounds, including furniture, jewelry, and specialty items for the ones you love. “In addition to top national artists, the Festival will also introduce new and emerging artists showcasing the latest […]

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April 9, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

Food Drive at Giant This Weekend

The Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) is holding the second half of their food drive this weekend at local Giant Food stores! Last weekend brought in thousands of pounds of food for Manna, and we hope this weekend will be even more of a success. Last year, the MCMF brought in over 10,000 pounds of […]

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April 5, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

photo Mike at Manna Food Center

A Day at Manna in Pictures

Montgomery County Media is putting together a great look at a day in the life of Montgomery County. Our photos will be on the MyMCMedia’s main page, but here’s a peek at a day in the life of Manna: From food gathered at grocery stores, sorted by volunteers, packed into boxes, and distributed to clients! […]

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April 4, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

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Don’t Throw Away Money

Have you ever wadded up a ten dollar bill and thrown it in the trash or taken a handful of quarters and tossed them down the garbage disposal?  Of course not, or at least not intentionally. How about some yogurt that was just past it’s sell by date or an apple that was slightly moldy […]

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April 2, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

Gordon Biersch and Manna Celebrate the Maibock

Tomorrow, April 3, join Manna at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville at 6 p.m. to celebrate their newest beer: the Maibock Lager. Gordon Biersch is a long-time supporter of Manna, and will be tapping this special new brew to benefit us. Manna volunteers and Gordon Biersch staff will be on hand […]

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March 29, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

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Eating Well On A Budget

“It’s so much more expensive to eat healthy!” This is the message that seems to prevail whenever talk turns to eating well on a budget.  I’ll be the first to admit, it is certainly easier to eat healthy when you’re not concerned about the price but isn’t it easier to do most things with more […]

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March 26, 2013 | Jenna Umbriac

Never Turning Clients Away – With Your Help!

Here at Manna, we continue to see more clients than ever. This month already, we’ve served over 3,200 families – and we still have a few days left in the shortest month of the year! Last year, we averaged 3,400 families a month; in 2013, we expect that to be closer to 3,600 or 3,700 […]

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