Here is a group of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that come to us by bus every week so that they can grocery shop for themselves. They love it and we love helping them with some independence.
I just want to thank you guys at Celestial Manna for what you do for your community. My children have 16 different food allergies and can only eat food that is prepared at home. Thanks to the food given to the USO by you all- I get fresh produce, baked goods, and treats and wiggle room in my grocery budget!
“Thanks for thinking of me with the pick up. It was such a blessing to me to be able to bless others. Tonight I’m taking the flowers you provided to a woman in our church for her birthday. In one of the boxes of flowers was her favorite- I gave her food yesterday as well. She lives alone, doesn’t drive, and doesn’t have much financially; she has no family here. Actually, my son is one of her best buddies at church- they’re adorable when they sit together and chat! Anyway thanks again!”
In 1980, food waste accounted for less than 10 percent of total waste; by 2012 it made up well over a fifth of the country’s garbage. Americans now throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, or glass. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans threw away 38 million tons of food in 2014 alone — much of it unbought, unmarketable or unharvested food that was still perfectly edible. Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want. At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were novelties for the Whole Foods set. But in the past three years, there’s been an explosion in the number of start-ups making products from food waste.
Founder and CEO of Celestial Manna provides insight and reasons for starting and growing the largest Food Bank (Reclamation) in Maryland and NOVA. Source: Charlie Mann says receivers can also be givers