Manna’s Food Bank annually distributes over 1.5 million pounds of low cost and donated food to its 48 partner food pantries and community kitchens in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties.
As a Partner Distribution Organization with Feeding America West Michigan, Manna is able to purchase a variety of food items at an average cost of $.08 per pound and receives USDA food at no charge. A semi-truck delivery each week re-stocks the warehouse shelves at Manna. Each delivery can provide more than 32,000 pounds of food. Partner agencies then shop Manna's Food Bank to meet the needs in their community.
Through Manna’s “Produce for People” initiative, Manna has been able to purchase farm-fresh produce directly from local growers at or below wholesale prices. Partner agencies then receive a portion of the fruits and vegetables free of charge based on the number of households they serve. The program has vastly improved the quality and nutritional value of the supplemental food give to those among us who need it most.