The MANNA Institute explores the impact of nutrition on health for people with serious illnesses. We lead research and evaluation initiatives, educate healthcare practitioners and consumers, and share findings and best practices for improved service delivery and healthcare transformation.


Reid B. Reames Fellowship

This Fellowship provides an applied research experience for graduate students that develops the body of evidence for “food as medicine” and furthers the research goals of the MANNA Institute. The fellowship offers funding for students or recent graduates to pursue a research project of interest that seeks to determine health outcomes of MANNA’s medically tailored meal program.  

2024-2025 Fellow:

Deeksha Ajeya – Drexel University, College of Medicine

2023-2024 Fellows:

Julia Evans Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Maria Johnson – Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Jeffrey Zhou – Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

2022-2023 Fellows:

Kaitlyn Bartholomew – Rowan University, School of Osteopathic Medicine

Victor Diaz -Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College



Academic institutions, health centers, and students interested in joining our research efforts can contact Jule Anne Henstenburg at JHenstenburg@mannapa.org or 215-496-2662 x122.

Individuals and institutions interested in financially supporting the work of the Institute can contact Sue Daugherty at 215-496-2662 x101.

The MANNA Institute, the first of its kind, was founded at MANNA in March 2019 thanks to the generosity of The Founding Eight:

John Alchin

Kevin R. Boyle

Sue Daugherty

Lynn Garvin Dever, MD

Julia Fleischner

Steven H. Korman

Linda Richardson

Allan Schimmel in honor of Reid Reames