Category: Nonprofits

Manna Food Center demonstrates new mobile kitchen

The converted bus was parked on Ellsworth Drive during the farmers market. Photo by Mike Diegel. “Manny,” a mobile kitchen from Manna Food Center, made its first appearance in Silver Spring over the weekend. The new program will provide a hands-on cooking classroom and will be used for targeted food distribution in areas with limited access. Manna has identified 20 census areas in the county that are most at-risk for food insecurity, including East County and Long Branch. Starting in October, the bus will be a “pop-up pantry” to deliver fresh produce in these communities on certain days. Other...

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Gandhi Brigade, libraries to offer teens video production classes

Registration is underway for free 12-week video production classes for high school students that will begin next week. The classes are being offered by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media at their location in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre at 8641 Colesville Rd. and at five county library locations. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries and offer our free programming at five branches across the county, in addition to our Silver Spring Black Box Theater location,” said Executive Director Evan Glass in response to emailed questions. In the classes, students will learn the fundamentals...

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Community kitchen to give small entrepreneurs a boost

Nancia Sical, owner of Nancia’s Antojitos, roasting tomatoes and tomatillos and doing other prep for her chicken tamales. Photo by Mike Diegel.  The Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen will hold its grand opening this weekend, bringing a new production facility to local, small-scale food entrepreneurs. The venture grew out of the Crossroads Farmers Market, which was the reason the Crossroads Community Food Network was founded, said Executive Director Christie Balch. The group discovered that a number of customers wanted to start a food business of their own and sell at the market. “We had to say ‘no’ to everyone...

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Arts center offering creative camps for kids when schools are closed

Photo courtesy CREATE Arts Center. With area schools now in session, CREATE Arts Center in Silver Spring is once again offering parents a creative care alternative with “No School Day Camps” on days when schools are not open. The camps for 6- to 14-year-olds are scheduled for more than 20 days on holidays such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veterans Day, as well as teacher conference days, professional development days and others. The camp schedule follows Montgomery County Public Schools and Washington D.C. Public Schools, along with several local private schools and a variety of charter schools. Parents...

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Local restaurants raising funds for hurricane relief

Photo of Texas shake courtesy Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que. At least three restaurants in Silver Spring and Takoma Park are raising funds to help Hurricane Harvey victims this week. Black Restaurant Group, which includes Republic in Takoma Park, has added a hurricane donation line to each guest check to collect relief funds. Owner Jeff Black, a Houston native, told The Washington Post the funds would go to help hospitality industry employees in the Houston area, including those of Tacos A Go Go, a small taqueria chain in which he is a partner. Donations will be accepted through Sept. 14 and handled...

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