Feeding the Hungry
Manna serves breakfast, lunch, sack lunches and hot dinners to go Monday through Friday, and hot brunch and sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Our clients include the working poor, individuals, families, children, the elderly, and the homeless. Our sack lunch program fills the County’s Department of Human Services gaps by supplementing the food stamp program and school lunch program. Manna collaborates with business partners and other non-profits that provide food to their clients. Manna helps stock the Silverton Food Bank and re-distributes excess fresh and canned donations to the Food Bank, VOA Shelter, Safehouse, Hilltop House, Loaves and Fishes in Pagosa Springs, and Mercy Housing.
In 2013 Manna expects to:
Serve 68,000 meals, provide 20,600 sack lunches, distribute 1200 hygiene packs, and provide 6 students with internship opportunities.
Shower and Laundry Facilities
Manna provides shower and laundry facilities for our clients.
Manna serves our clients' communications needs by providing mail and package services.
Government and Agency Liaison
Manna's staff provides its clients with timely advice and assistance in finding community-service opportunities and contacting government or non-profit agencies to meet their needs.
Manna provides a variety of services for those in need of assistance. Manna, working in cooperation with various local merchants, human service agencies and churches, can provide transportation, hygiene products, food and clothing. Manna has limited resources to help clients with many other crises from tooth extraction to fixing cars.
Community Christmas Dinner
Manna hosts an annual Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Live music is provided and a banquet-style holiday feast with turkey, steamship roasts and homemade desserts is served to Manna’s guests. Santa always shows and delivers gifts to both children and adults. In 2011, the dinner was held at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and attended by over 600 people including volunteers and participants.
Manna makes its facilities available to other non-profit agencies for meetings.
Manna provides culinary internship opportunities for non-traditional students and partners with the Big Picture High School, BOCES, and Hilltop House. Student receive 6 months of training and mentoring from our kitchen manager, National Restaurant Assoc. ServSafe certification, knife set, and cooking instruction book. Students are taken on interviews at local restaurants. Client service internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to go into a social service field.