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Notes from our CEO

Dear Friend of Manna Food Center, This is our September newsletter so it is natural that we are focused on back-to-school topics: another year of the Smart Sacks program providing 2,850 kids with nutritious bags of food each weekend, the arrival of our new retrofitted school bus “Manny” that will reach hungry neighbors with fresh produce and teach kids […]

Walking the Walk, Cooking the Box

Jackie here. Here at Manna Food Center we fully embrace the notion that Dr. King’s Birthday should be a “Day On not a Day Off.” This year in particular, I wanted to honor Dr. King in a way that would help me be a better leader.    Taking to heart Dr. King’s observation that,   “The […]

Notes From Our CEO

Dear Manna supporter, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This was a favorite saying of my undergraduate professor, Dr. Margaret Ammons.  She was educating her students to be classroom teachers, but I have found her guidance to be true in the not-for-profit sector.  If social enterprises lack a plan for how they will fulfill […]

And the Survey Says……

Dear friend of Manna, Although school was out during the summer, Manna did a little bit of testing. In June & July we completed our annual client and staff surveys to get feedback and input into the effectiveness of our programs and the status of our team. Manna has, in my humble opinion, the best […]

Notes From Our CEO

Dear Manna supporter, I imagine you, also, are thinking about the perfect gifts, no matter what your family or faith traditions.   Parents are making lists & checking them twice.  Congregations are preparing special packages to deliver to neighbors in need.  Businesses are collecting toys to share at local schools.  Through all these activities, we are all […]

Happy Independence Day

Dear Manna supporter, When I was in the third grade I won an essay contest entitled, “Why I Love My Country.”  Whenever the 4th of July rolls around, I remember my careful cursive writing and some of the things a young girl was proud of: beautiful landscapes, the Constitution, and caring teachers like Mrs. Robinson. […]

Thank You Elected Officials

When Manna’s doors first opened 33 years ago last month, elected officials were present at the creation. Several months before, County Executive Charles Gilchrist, had convened a task force to address the needs of low income and hungry neighbors.   Staff from the Department of Health and Human Services, then headed by Chuck Short, now Special […]