Food Drive

The Man­na Food Bank is again under pres­sure to pro­vide food for an unex­pect­ed­ly large increase in need in Mont­gomery Coun­ty. The Vedan­ta Cen­ter is con­duct­ing a food dri­ve to assist in meet­ing the local needs, through the Man­na Food Cen­ter of Gaithers­burg, MD. We hope our mem­bers and friends can par­tic­i­pate by bring­ing non-per­ish­able food items to the Vedan­ta Cen­ter. The Man­na Food Cen­ter was found­ed in 1983, and strives to end hunger in Mont­gomery Coun­ty through edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy, and food dis­tri­b­u­tion. Since its found­ing, Man­na has dis­trib­uted more than 33 mil­lion pounds of food to more than 2.1 mil­lion indi­vid­u­als in the com­mu­ni­ty.

Food items most often need­ed at Man­na:

  • Peanut But­ter
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Fruits & Veg­eta­bles
  • Shelf-Sta­ble Milk
  • Cere­al
  • Oat­meal
  • Rice
  • Pas­ta
  • Beans
  • Canned Toma­to Sauce
  • Mac­a­roni and Cheese
  • Soup
  • Baby Food
  • Oth­er canned meat and fish
  • Canned pas­ta

Man­na has a “Smart Sacks” pro­gram for kids, for which they need small­er, “kid-friend­ly” food includ­ing the fol­low­ing:

  • Peanut But­ter in 18oz jars or small­er
  • Small Fruit Cans/Cups
  • Indi­vid­ual Apple­sauce Cups
  • Juice Box­es that are 100% juice
  • Easy Mac
  • Mac­a­roni and Cheese
  • Microwav­able Bowls of Pas­ta
  • Canned Pas­ta
  • Indi­vid­ual Cere­al Box­es
  • Oat­meal Pack­ets
  • Tuna Fish
  • Crack­ers pack­aged in a sleeve, like Ritz or Saltines
  • Pud­ding Cups
  • Nutri­tious Cere­al Bars
  • Indi­vid­ual Raisin Box­es or Oth­er Dried Fruit
  • Small pack­ages of peanuts
  • Microwav­able Con­tain­ers of Soup
  • Gra­nola Bars
  • Cere­al Bars
  • Kid-Friend­ly Cans of Soup – Chick­en Noo­dle, Toma­to, Alpha­bet, Etc.