Community Food Rescue (CFR) grew out of the vision of the Montgomery County Council. In 2012, inspired by a campus food recovery program organized by students at the University of Maryland, College Park, the County Council appointed a Food Recovery Working Group (FRWG) to recommend how to proceed. Their Action Plan was adopted by County Council in September2013. The Action Plan, along with funding from County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett, with on-going FRWG support, forms the basis of Community Food Rescue.
The Food Recovery Working Group, comprised of businesses, agencies, and organizations actively engaged in food recovery, continues under the auspices of the Montgomery County Food Council. They continue to advise and support the Coordination Team which is charged with developing the overall strategy, design, and implementation of Community Food Rescue.
Manna Food Center, the largest food recovery and distribution organization in Montgomery County, leads the Coordination Team. Manna is joined by Cheryl Kollin, Full Plate Ventures, who serves as Program Manager.