April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update: April 17

April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

MANNA is continuing to serve more clients than ever! MANNA has ordered a new delivery vehicle to meet this increase in demand. We are serving more than 1500 clients a week, which is a 20% increase in just one month.

Next week marks National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Usually, that is a big week of celebration at MANNA, honoring the over 10,000 volunteers who have donated their time to MANNA during the last year. While it looks a bit different for us this year, what remains the same is the passion and love that our volunteers put into our client meals each and every day.

I can’t help but feel that MANNA is so truly lucky to be part of a community that rallies around us and shows up when we need it most. From volunteers to supporters to donors to our friends on social media – we see you, we appreciate you, and we love you.

We can’t say it enough – volunteers are essential. Please join me next week in showing our volunteers some “virtual love” on our Facebook page.

As we sort out our new normal and what the coming year may hold, we know that one thing will not change: your incredible commitment to our mission.

From one of our clients, Mary:
“You don’t know how much of a blessing you are. I know everyone’s a volunteer, and I am just in awe. It is especially amazing now since I can’t go to the store. It’s just incredible.”

From another of our clients, Gwendolyn:
“Bless you for what you’re doing. I used to volunteer at MANNA years ago and now I’m getting the meals myself.” 

If you are able, I invite you to contribute to our efforts amidst this crisis by either joining us as a volunteer or making a donation.

From all of us – thank you and stay safe.

Best Regards,
Sue Daugherty, RDN LDN