Farm to Freezer collaborates with community members who share our values and mission, for mutual benefit.
Manna Food Center
Manna Food Center, Montgomery County’s Food Bank serves 3,500 families every month, about 11,000 people. Food is distributed at their main facility and through 50 Montgomery County agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, group homes, and emergency shelters. Every Sunday, Manna purchases and collects 3,000 lbs. of surplus produce from the Bethesda Central, Olney and Wheaton Farmers’ Markets. A small portion is provided to Farm to Freezer, who returns a portion of frozen vegetables to Manna for their clients in need. Manna volunteers help at the farm market and in the kitchen (see Join Us opportunities to get involved).
In our first season, Farm to Freezer made 3,300 packages of frozen vegetables for Manna’s clients that were distributed over the winter.
Woodside United Methodist Church
Woodside United Methodist Church has a strong commitment to positively influence society through responsible social action. They have a very active ministry that feeds those who are hungry through Arleeta’s Pantry, a mobile market, serving meals at Shepard’s Table, and social justice through Bread for the World. Farm to Freezer exchanges use of their commercial kitchen for expanded programming about healthy eating and hunger prevention.
Interfaith Works, one of the area’s leading homeless services providers, helps over 20,000 Montgomery County neighbors in need move from crisis to stability through prevention, support, and empowerment. Interfaith Works’ Vocational Services Program prepares clients using job readiness classes, financial literacy, and skills assessments and training. Farm to Freezer offers kitchen skills training to help those in transition establish reliable work history, as they seek employment.
Spiral Path Organic Farm
Spiral Path Organic Farm is a generous supporter that donates surplus vegetables to Bethesda Cares each week after the farm market closes. Farm to Freezer purchases additional surplus produce from Spiral Path, a source of USDA certified organic produce used in our products.
Montgomery County Office of Innovation
The Montgomery County Office of Innovation is a new program that generates and tests innovative ideas. Farm to Freezer is a test case for our new social enterprise and receives research support that can benefit other entrepreneurs in Montgomery County.
Central Farm Markets
Central Farm Markets, every Saturday and Sunday from 9-1pm attracts over 50 regional farmers and artists & food producers to their two market locations every weekend providing area residents with the freshest local produce, meat, seafood, dairy, baked goods & more.
Olney Farmer’s Market
Olney Farmer’s Market is the brainchild of Olney resident Janet Terry, who was inspired by the outstanding Farmers Market in Charleston, South Carolina, brought quality farmers market to serve Olney. Now in its seventh year and going strong on Sundays from 9-1pm! Farm to Freezer prepares a small portion of the surplus food that Manna purchases from these markets each week.