News Release: Manna on Meridian
Tallahassee, FL – One in four children is hungry. One in six people is food insecure in the Big Bend. Manna on Meridian was established in 2009 to distribute food and clothing to our neighbors in need.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, join Food Truck Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (1700 N. Meridian Road) to support Manna on Meridian. Entertainment provided by Hot Tamale and Leon High School’s Mane Event. $5 suggested donation. The goal is to raise at least $2500 and recruit a minimum of 10 committed volunteers.
Manna on Meridian recognizes the contributions of the following food trucks: Fired Up Pizza, Street Chefs, Valhalla Grill and Lucy & Leo’s. Each food truck is donating 10% of proceeds to Manna on Meridian.
Each month, approximately 200-230 families benefit from Manna on Meridian. This outreach helps anyone who needs help including a portion of our population sometimes called “the working poor.” There are a lot of hardworking residents who are having a hard time feeding their families, but do not qualify for government assistance. Manna on Meridian is a no questions asked food pantry. People are not required to register or fill out forms to receive food.
Manna on Meridian holds one food distribution on the third Saturday of each month which takes place in an auxiliary building located behind Faith Presbyterian Church on the corner of Meridian and John Knox Road. It takes $3500 and approximately 40-50 volunteers dedicating 10-12 hours each month to make it happen. Manna coordinators from three churches take turns shopping for food and coordinating volunteers each month. Every recipient receives a nutritionally balanced bag of groceries, bag of fresh produce, bread and toilet paper.
Neighbors also benefit from the Manna on Meridian community garden. Manna recipients are encouraged to help tend to the garden and to harvest the produce to be shared with the other recipients on distribution day.
According to Stephanie Coughlin, St. Paul's United Methodist Church Coordinator for Manna on Meridian, “There is so much need in this world and sometimes it’s easy to overlook the everyday struggles of our neighbors. I’m proud to be part of a ministry that brings together so many amazing volunteers who willing give their time and resources to help our community.”