WELCOME TO MANNA!
Manna Food Project helps feed the hungry in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties in Northwest Michigan. Manna is a partner organization of the Feeding America Food Bank Network and is funded entirely through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Jessyca Stoepker | Last updated March 30, 2020, 2:00 pm
Like many other organizations during this health crisis, Manna Food Project has been examining how to conduct safe operations and reduce further spread of COVID-19. To this end, we will continue to adjust our procedures to keep our staff, volunteers, and community members safe.
These new procedures will be in effect until further notice.
Manna Community Food Pantry will be open and operating as a curbside service outside of the facility, distributing pre-assembled food boxes with a variety of shelf-stable, fresh, and frozen foods. This service is available to anyone in need:
Emergency food boxes will also be available seven days a week at Manna, during regular business hours or by calling 231.675.5715.
Anyone who needs food is welcome to receive it from Manna Food Project. Proof of household income is not required to receive food assistance.
While we normally recommend using our services once every other week, we realize that school closures, illness, and financial stress is putting a greater burden on families. So, when individuals and families need more food, they are welcome to return to Manna.
At this time, clients will not be able to choose what food items they receive, unless there are special circumstances (e.g. allergies, homelessness). Be assured that the food we provide is of high quality, with both shelf-stable and fresh food items that will last several days.
Yes, you may have a friend, neighbor, or relative pick up food. They will need to provide the name of the client, the client’s address, the number and ages of the people in the household, and their own signature.
Under special circumstances, Manna will deliver food boxes directly to residences within our immediate service area. Clients must live in Emmet county and meet the qualifications below:
As a partner of the Feeding America National Food Bank Network, Manna will continue to have access to enough food to serve those in need. We are also sourcing food from local businesses and manufacturers. While this situation may seem frightening, we can assure you that Manna and its partner agencies in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties will have enough food for everyone in need of assistance.
How do you measure hunger?
Hunger is a feeling that can be different for everyone, but the term “food insecurity” is the best way to actually measure the conditions that can lead to hunger. According to Feeding America West Michigan (FAWM), food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live a healthy life.
We cannot tell just by appearances who among us may be struggling to make ends meet. One "bad month" out of the year can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car issues, or an accident may suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying other bills. Millions of Americans face situations like this every day that may lead to food insecurity and hunger.