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Kim Baker
Executive Director

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Kim became Manna Food Project’s executive director in October 2016. He spent his career working for non-profit and faith-based organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Reformed Church in America. Kim has two sons, Luke and Adam, and is an avid sailor and downhill skier.

“My heart goes out to people in our area who struggle to put food on the table. Often, hard-working families are forced to choose between paying their utility bills and buying nutritious food for their children. Please join Manna and our partner agencies to help those in crisis and drive hunger out of Northern Michigan.”

Gabrielle Billion
Associate Director

Gabrielle Billion

Gabby has been working at Manna since 2008. She grew up in Kalamazoo. Gabby moved to New Mexico where she worked in the hotel restaurant business for 25 years throughout the western states. She returned to northern Michigan in 2004. She and her husband have seven children, a grandchild and a "grand dog." They enjoy hiking, kayaking and exploring northern Michigan.

Gabby had the desire to "make a difference" and quickly became acquainted with our caring community of volunteers. Gabby states, " The heart of Manna is its volunteers and employees. Each has made a significant difference in the lives of others."

Amanda Foster
Office Manager

Amanda Foster

Amanda began working for Manna in March of 2015. She and her husband Eric live in Petoskey with their children Mackenzie, Owen and Arianna. Together they chose to live in the neighborhood she was raised in that surrounds them with friends and family. As a family they enjoy four wheeling, camping, gardening, playing outside, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

“I enjoy coming to work every day surrounded by the most amazing people. Our volunteers return week after week to spend their time helping others that are in need. It is absolutely rewarding to know you are a part of an organization that touches so many lives.”

Jessyca Stoepker
Community Engagement Coordinator

Stoepker recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BA in health communications. Originally from Hastings, Michigan, near Lake Odessa, she has lived in Grand Rapids the past few years. As an outdoor enthusiast, her first day up North was spent on the Little Traverse Wheelway, biking from Petoskey to Harbor Springs and back. “Northern Michigan is so beautiful, so unique. There will never be a lack of things to see and experience,” says Stoepker. 

While in college, she worked part-time at Spectrum Health and completed several internships with organizations like the Kent County Health Department and the Mary Free Bed YMCA. While she has worked in a variety of professional settings, non-profits like the Manna have always been her calling. 

“I fell in love with Manna right away. From my very first conversations with staff, it seemed like a perfect fit. The position combines all of my interests, and will allow me to make a difference in the lives of those in need,” says Stoepker.

Ruth Milks
Volunteer Coordinator

Ruth Milks

Ruth has worked with Manna since February 2012. She grew up in Boyne City and continues to live there with her husband and two children on their small farm. Ruth enjoys working on her farm, cooking, canning and gardening.

Her compassion and positive energy gives strength to our clients when they need it most. Ruth states "I love to make a difference in people's lives. I have met many wonderful families, and fantastic volunteers. I feel very blessed they are in my life."

Luke LaBlance
Operations Manager

Luke began working at Manna in August 2016. He lives in Charlevoix with his wife Jessa and son Jack. Luke collects antique bicycles and is an avid golfer, cyclist and snowboarder. He also enjoys reading and strumming a guitar when he has the chance.

Luke became aware of Manna when his wife, a kindergarten teacher, told him about the Food 4 Kids backpack program. After learning more about the organization’s mission, Luke made the move to Manna. He says, “The best part of my job is working with all the volunteers and staff committed to providing food to those in need.”

Luke’s professional experience in warehouse operations, purchasing, and inventory management has proven to be a huge asset to Manna.

Robert MacKenzie
Food Rescue Manager

Bob MacKenzie

Bob has been with Manna since September 2014. Bob spent many hours as a volunteer before joining the Manna team. Bob is originally from Ann Arbor and is a diehard Michigan Wolverines fan. He and his wife Barbara have three children and keep busy travelling to visit them. Bob's hobbies include cycling the bike trails in the area, learning about rugby and skiing. He is also actively involved in supporting his grandson's Cub Scout Pack.

He states, "The fruits of my involvement are immediately realized when we rescue food or deliver to one of the agencies we serve. It is fulfilling to know that someone benefited today or tomorrow from my actions. The translation of the Manna mission to service delivery is a rewarding feeling!"



The Manna Food Project
8791 McBride Park Court
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
(231) 347-8852 (office)
(231) 675-5715 (cellular)
(231) 348-9135 (fax)


Volunteer opportunities and Emergency Food Boxes:

Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

Manna Warehouse:

Open to food pantries, agencies and volunteers. Emergency Food Boxes also available. Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

The Manna Weekly Pantry:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Tuesdays


Contact Manna to find out how to volunteer, donate, or for information on upcoming events.


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