Manna Food Bank[distance]
The mission of Manna Food Bank is, “To receive and store non-perishable foodstuffs donated from the community, and to redistribute the food to those from the community who have a legitimate, verifiable need.”
In 2017, with the assistance of more than 200 volunteers, Manna Food Bank distributed 644,280 pounds of food throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties providing food to 31,595 individuals in need. The food items packed in grocery bags for distribution through Manna meet USDA Standards for a Healthy Diet.
Food drives for Manna are a tradition at Christ Church. “Bag It For Manna” days are designated each spring and fall. This year our spring drive begins Sunday, April 8 with the handing out of colorful grocery bags after each service. On Sunday, April 22 parishioners return their grocery bags filled with food donations. Smiling volunteers will be on hand in the church parking lot to receive the donated items.
Christ Church parishioners, both teens and adults, also have the opportunity to further assist Manna by participating in a “sorting and repacking” activity. Using Manna guidelines, food expiration dates are verified and standardized packages of food items are readied for distribution. Plans are underway to conduct this activity in late April.
To volunteer for the “Bag It For Manna” team, contact the church (850) 432-5115.