The Manna Food Project
Manna Food Project (Manna), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, helps feed the hungry in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties. Over 250 committed volunteers, partnering with a staff of seven, work together to achieve our mission.
- Manna is a partner organization of the national Feeding America Food Bank Network.
- Manna operates a food bank (distribution center), a food rescue program, a weekly food pantry, and the Food 4 Kids backpack program.
- Manna also partners with community agencies and local businesses to host cooking classes, community dinners, and other events highlighting the importance of healthy, fresh food.
Manna Food Project truly has humble beginnings. Our organization was founded in 1987 by five compassionate leaders in the local Northern Michigan community: Jim Alton, Joe Baird, Dennis Cross, Larry Poller, and Budd Tallberg.
They saw that far too many in their community didn’t have enough food to eat, and they took action. Originally conceived as a soup kitchen, the operation soon began distributing non-perishable food to families in need from a small warehouse on Buckley Street in Petoskey.
The program began to grow, and, after several moves and administration changes, Manna came to be what it is today: a well-respected, community-based organization that succeeds through a shared compassion for helping those in need.
Manna became a Partner Distribution Organization of the national Feeding America Food Bank Network in 2009. Feeding America West Michigan is our primary source of healthy food to distribute to our clients and partner agencies. In 2017, Feeding America West Michigan distributed 26.7 million pounds of food, the equivalent of more than 22 million meals to help relieve hunger and increase food security in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
A Glimpse of Manna History
What's Next for Manna?
Every year we expand our reach to those who need it most.
Help us continue our mission to feed the hungry in Northern Michigan.
“This place is absolutely amazing! They help my family out and I’m truly blessed… Thank you!”
“Central food bank with for needy folks as well as supplying other food banks. Good place to volunteer or donate.”
“This place is a gift from God! The people are so friendly and glad to help. I’m very thankful to be able to go here.”