NAIOP DC | MD's Community Outreach Program includes; contributions aimed at fighting hunger in our area through donations to Manna of Montgomery County and DC Central Kitchen, support for the Trust for the National Mall, donations to the Make a Wish Foundation, Luke's Wings and the Earth Conservation Corps, and scholarships to the winners of the Capital Challenge, a real estate case competition.
NAIOP DC | MD is pleased to contribute to the following organizations.
Manna Food Center Manna Food Center is the main food bank in Montgomery County, and nearly every county nonprofit organization relies on Manna to provide essential food to their clients. Founded in 1983, Manna Food Center strives to end hunger in Montgomery County through education, advocacy, and food distribution. Manna has distributed more than 36 million pounds of food to more than 2.3 million individuals in Montgomery County. Through regular distribution programs, Manna feeds about 3,300 families each month at fourteen locations throughout the county. Manna provides each family with a three-to-five day supply of perishable and shelf-stable food. Manna also provides food through our agency distribution program at no charge to 48 Montgomery County soup kitchens, food pantries, group homes, and emergency shelters.
DC Central Kitchen turns leftover food into millions of meals for thousands of at-risk individuals while offering nationally recognized culinary job training to once homeless and hungry adults. DC Central Kitchen provides breakfast, outreach, and counseling services to chronically homeless people living on the streets. They recycle 3,000 pounds of food each day, converting it into 4,500 meals distributed to 100 shelters, transitional homes, and rehabilitation clinics throughout the DC area. These partner agencies then refer clients to a Culinary Job Training program, where they receive the tools to start new careers. Finally graduates are employed in a full-service catering company or placed in full-time jobs at restaurants and hotels throughout the region.
The Earth Conservation Corps. (ECC) is a non-profit organization that works with at risk youth teaching them life skills within the framework of conservation and the restoration of Washington, DC’s Anacostia River. Many of these young adults have grown up in neighborhoods bordering the Anacostia, historically one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. Corps members help clean up the river, protect endangered wildlife and conduct outreach and environmental education programs.