WELCOME TO MANNA!
Manna Food Project helps feed the hungry in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties in Northwest Michigan. Manna is a partner organization of the Feeding America Food Bank Network and is funded entirely through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations.
“Families line up to visit northern Michigan food bank, many for the first time”
by Lexi Krupp | Interlochen Public Radio
A year in review: Manna’s 2020 accomplishments
Jessyca Stoepker | February 10, 2021
This past year brought our nation more challenges and heartbreak than any in recent memory. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives to COVID-19, while millions more have suffered from the economic and social effects of a global pandemic.
Despite these tragedies, our healthcare, essential, and frontline workers have held their ground, keeping our community alive and functioning. Perhaps what’s most touching is people of all backgrounds and lifestyles opening their arms to others in need.
With help from every sector—community foundations, health organizations, farms, partner nonprofits, businesses large and small, and individual donors—Manna Food Project rose to the challenges of COVID-19, launching new initiatives and programs to meet the increased need for food assistance.
How do you measure hunger?
Hunger is a feeling that can be different for everyone, but the term “food insecurity” is the best way to actually measure the conditions that can lead to hunger. According to Feeding America West Michigan (FAWM), food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live a healthy life.
We cannot tell just by appearances who among us may be struggling to make ends meet. One "bad month" out of the year can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car issues, or an accident may suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying other bills. Millions of Americans face situations like this every day that may lead to food insecurity and hunger.