Local Organizations Partner to Support Manna Food Center

Gaithersburg, MD – Wednesday, August 21 –  The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) partnered with the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC-MC) to support Manna Food Center’s “Smart Sacks” Program.

 Over 70 attendees arrived at the event sponsor location – Highlands at Germantown Conference & Banquet Center. – with canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, rice, pasta, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, trail mixes and more to support the cause. In just two short hours, Manna reported they collected 196 pounds of food and over $200 in monetary donations from the GGCC / CVC-MC event. Through Manna’s Smart Sacks children are sent home with backpacks full of kid & family friendly food every Friday so they have food on the weekends to sustain them.

 “The food collecting during this event will help us jumpstart the Smart Sacks inventory for the beginning of the school year. The support we receive from the GGCC will contribute to Manna Food Center’s efforts to provide weekend food assistance to nearly 2200 students in 56 schools across Montgomery County. It was especially rewarding to be able to attend and express our gratitude to so many GGCC members/sponsors that consistently donate their skills, time, energy and resources to Manna’s mission,” said Jenna Umbriac MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Programs for Manna Food Center.

The GGCC believes in building strong and effective community partnerships and one of the ways they do this is by partnering with the CVC-MC annually. The GGCC started off the evening by congratulation the CVC-MC on recently being named the Points of Light Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year Award. The CVC was chosen for the award based on their demonstrated commitment to teaching businesses how to partner with and support nonprofit organizations by helping create successful volunteer or charitable programs that benefit the businesses, their employees and the community. To learn more about the CVC-MC, visit: https://cvc-mc.org/?.

And all the attendees were delighted to experience Germantown’s newest addition –The Highlands at Germantown. The Highlands opened their doors this past May and is the perfect space for your next corporate event, wedding, shower, and all those other special events in your life. It is adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites located at 20260 Goldenrod Lane in Germantown. To learn more about the Highlands, contact germantownevents@bfsaulco.com.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at www.ggchamber.org or find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaithersburg-Germantown-Chamber-of-Commerce/64339954570

Below: (l:r) CVC-MC Board Members Michelle Fox, Kaplan University; Laura Rowles, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber; Will Schroeder, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A..; Theresa Testoni, Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism; Sarah Burnett, CVC-MC Administrator & Rich Stang, DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors were delighted to participate in a fundraiser to support Manna Food Center and present to answer questions on how a business can start their own corporate volunteerism program at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Business Networking After Five. (photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Marketing)

Local Organizations Partner to Support Manna Food Center

Contact Information:

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce


 Laura Rowles

 (301) 840-1400 x14



The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at www.ggchamber.org.

Find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaithersburg-Germantown-Chamber-of-Commerce/64339954570. Or on Twitter at: @GGCCNEWS.