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Washington Freedom to Collect Food for Manna Food Center

July 1, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

BOYDS, MD (July 1, 2010)...Washington Freedom has announced a partnership with the Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization which strives to eliminate hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. The team is asking fans to come out and show their support for Manna Food Center, as they will be collecting food items in Fanfest at Freedom's next two home games-this Sunday's July 4matchup at 5 p.m. against the Chicago Red Stars, and the July 24 Hall of Freedom game against first place FC Gold Pride. Everyone who donates will receive a special buy one, get one free ticket offer for a future Freedom games.

"Manna Food Center is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Washington Freedom soccer team," said Kim Damion, Director of Development & Communications for Manna Food Center. "Hunger is a year-round reality for many in Montgomery County and it has become challenging for Manna to keep our shelves stocked as the need for food assistance continues to be at record setting levels. We really appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness and collect food with Freedom and hope that they will inspire others to help us fight hunger and feed hope in our community."

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. Manna brings together government, corporations, nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, and individuals with the common cause of fighting hunger in Montgomery County. Washington Freedom will be accepting a wide variety of items from canned goods to fresh produce, and a complete wish list of food items is available at:

"Washington Freedom is proud to announce its new partnership with the Manna Food Center," said Dan Ferguson, Group Sales Manager for Washington Freedom. "We have designated the month of July as Manna month, collecting donations at both our July 4and 24home games. Considering that many of those Manna provides for reside here in Montgomery County, we strongly urge all of the Freedom fans and soccer community to donate and help their mission."

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