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Whitaker Brothers Helps in the Fight Against Hunger

By Shopify API March 26, 2019

This past Thursday, employees from Whitaker Brothers took some time after-hours to get together and volunteer at the Manna Food Center. This organization’s mission is to eliminate hunger within Montgomery County where Whitaker Brothers’ headquarters is located. Although Montgomery county is one of the most affluent counties in the country, hunger still lurks around every corner within the region. While our employees have the luxury of being able to pack a lunch or go out to eat everyday, we realize that not everyone within our community is as fortunate. Manna is able to provide food to almost 40,000 Montgomery County residents each year. What is unique about this particular food center is that it provides food directly to families AND supplies food to other agencies as well. In fact, nearly every nonprofit organization within the county relies on Manna to provide food to their clients. This includes soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters within Montgomery County. Karen Golberg Smart Sacks Program Manna also has an amazing program called Karen Goldberg Smart Sacks that sends more than 2,300 children home from school each Friday with an array of healthy foods. This allows them to maintain a balanced diet when they are not at school and can’t receive those meals provided to them. People often underestimate the importance of having access to healthy foods. For these children, this simple addition to their diet allows them to come to school each week full of energy that they didn't have before participating in the program. Our ExperienceManna stats As Whitaker Brothers is a company that strives to provide service to our customers, we aim to do the same thing within our community. We want Montgomery County to continue to be a great place to work, go to school, and live, and combating hunger can help with all of these things. Volunteering at a food bank can be a ton of fun too! “We find that team building outside of work is just as important as team building during the work day.  Volunteering is beneficial to the community, but it’s also surprisingly fun.  We’ve had a great response from employees, and events like this continue to have some of the best turnout of all of our after work activities.” ~ Joe Mitchell Whitaker Brothers also teamed up with our neighbors, the Washington Rockville Elks Lodge to help with as well as sponsor their Annual Charity Golf Tournament which also benefited the Manna Food Center, as well as the Lollipop Kids Foundation and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Other Ways to Get Involved If your company is looking for other ways to get involved in helping the community besides doing actual hands-on service, consider looking into social events that benefit nonprofit organizations. On May 17, Music for Food, a Boston-based organization, is hosting a benefit concert called Music for Food DC in Bethesda, MD to raise money in the fight against hunger. If you work for a local company, consider checking out this event, and if you do not, be sure to search for similar types of events in your area! Feel free to use this tool to search for food pantries in your area. Together, our businesses can help make a difference in our communities! For more information about Music for Food DC, click here.

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