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The Manna Food Project currently distributes food products to 34 pantries throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties, handling over 70,000 pounds of food each month.
Mary Ellen Lapp
Rev. Robert Brown
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Organized in 1987, The Manna Food Project is a private 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation, comprising a food bank and food pantry. The purpose of our organization is to gather, organize, and distribute food to those in need throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties.
What began as the idea for a soup kitchen, offering nourishment to those who might be hungry, The Manna Food Project is now a food bank warehouse distributing surplus food to 34 pantries and agencies throughout northern Michigan. Manna is responsible for acquiring both food and non-food items which are distributed to area pantries/agencies for a nominal fee. Through the pantries, these products reach families at no charge. Within The Manna Food Project warehouse is the Manna Food Pantry. Our pantry (open on Tuesday mornings), is just one of the 34 pantries/agencies serviced by The Manna Food Project. All pantries/agencies are required to follow the guidelines established by Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest. Requirements include passing all food along to the families at no charge, requiring minimal documentation from families obtaining the food, and maintaining proper standards and records for the handling of all food items.
The goal of The Manna Food Project is to assure that not one person in our distribution area is hungry. We work very hard to make this a reality.
Volunteer efforts are the core of our operation. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to function. Gleaners, stockers, re-packers, and shoppers are always needed to assist in the operation of the warehouse and pantries. Please contact us to get involved.
While we do not host our own fundraising events, we are fortunate to have a number of area organizations sponsor fundraising events on our behalf. The Empty Bowls Luncheon, CROP Walk, and Alternative Gift Fair are examples of annual events benefitting The Manna Food Project. For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit our website.
The current economic crisis has significantly increased the need for our assistance. The number of people using the services of pantries and agencies under The Manna Food Project has grown from 83,829 in 2006 to over 103,843 in 2007. The need to provide assistance is greater than ever before. The greatest gift we can ask for is your financial support. Please know that every dollar, every volunteer, and every donated product is valued. Credit card donations can be made via our website. Should you wish to mail a check, please note "Giving Guide" in the memo section of your check. We are The Manna Food Project and "we're feeding the hungry throughout the north." We appreciate your interest and your support.