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Where To Give Back This Holiday Season

Churches, food banks and pantries around Montgomery County are collecting donations.

With the hectic nature of the holidays — from preparing meals to herding relatives — it's easy to forget that . 

If you're looking to lend a hand to your neighbors who can't afford holiday meals, here are a few of the county organizations accepting food donations:

Countywide

 — 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, Md., 301-424-1130
Manna distributes food all around Montgomery County and collects donations at its Gaithersburg warehouse. They accept donations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every second Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find a wish list of food items on Manna’s website

Kensington

— 10401 Armory Ave., 301-933-7933
St. Paul’s is collecting nonperishable food as part of its .

Bethesda

— 7728 Woodmont Ave., 301-907-9244
Bethesda Cares provides meals to people in need using donated food. The organization is especially in need of fresh fruits and vegetables in order to serve healthy meals. You can donate items Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.

Wheaton

Montgomery County Family Center — 12247 Georgia Ave., 301-942-1790
The Family Center is a Catholic charity that provides assistance to families in need. The organization is looking for canned food items, and you can donate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Silver Spring

Shepherd’s Table — 8210A Colonial Lane, 301-585-4718
Shepherd’s Table is a nonprofit organization committed to helping the homeless by providing meals, clothing and services. The organization accepts a wide variety of foods, and you can find a wish list on its website. Shepherd's table accepts donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

A Wider Circle — 9159-C Brookville Road, 301-608-3508
A Wider Circle is a charitable organization working to get families out of poverty. The charity accepts many types of donations, including food.

Garine Isassi November 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Also, The Germantown Soccerplex is collecting "Toys for Tots" and Winter coats. Drop off at the entrance of the Discovery Center. Toys must be new and delivered by Dec 24. Gently used coats are needed, all sizes (men, women, kids, toddlers, baby) and will be taken until Jan 15.
Peggy Kane November 23, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Mid-County United Ministries has served Wheaton, Aspen Hill, and Kensington for 15 years in the Mid-County Services Center at 2424 Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton. MUM helps to prevent evictions and utility turnoffs, provides prescription drugs on an emergency basis, and has a food pantry that served 1395 households in the last fiscal year. It was named Nonprofit of the Year in 2010 by the Wheaton/ Kensington Chamber of Commerce.

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