But on April 24th, several local churches came together to stock the freezers at Manna with more than 1,000 pounds of meat products to ensure families have that option when shopping. The drive was aided in partnership with members from Harvest Hill Church, Rock City Church, Shepherd’s House, and Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy. Church members shopped in the store for meat and then were able to donate directly to Manna House who was on-site to collect the donations.
While Manna receives food from many sources such as the North Texas Food Bank, Wal-Mart, Kroger and other retailers, items like meat are in such high demand, and hard to keep in stock.
“We are so grateful to our area churches for their generous donations of meat to keep our clients healthy. With so many of our clients being seniors, high protein options are extremely important for their diets,” says Manna Director Sissy Franklin. “Without these donations, it would be difficult for us to continue to offer these options to our clients.”
September is National Hunger Action Month. Each year, many food pantries find their resources depleted as a result of families needing more food during the summer months while kids are not in school. Manna also hosts a Summer Feeding Program all summer long to help combat summer hunger.
If your church or organization would like to host your own Beef it Up event or other donation drive, there is always great need! Please contact Norma Belcher at Manna House at 972-775-1800.
About Manna House
Created in 1992, Midlothian, Texas-based Manna House is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people in crisis across Ellis County.
The Manna House organization consists of two food pantries, located in the cities of Midlothian and Italy, as well as Heaven’s Attic, Manna House Resale, at both locations, which offer new and gently used clothing for the whole family, as well as a wide variety of household goods, small appliances, books, toys, furniture, and more. All proceeds from Heaven's Attic resale boutiques support up to 75% of Manna House's outreach efforts and operations.
Manna House would not exist without the people in the community who donate their time, goods, and finances. The support of the community is what allows Manna House to serve so many and do whatever is necessary to help someone who is struggling.
For more information, please visit www.mannahouseoutreach.org.