Three months after losing its building and most of its inventory to April's flood Manna Food Pantries is set to resume service later this month. Dee Dee Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries announced that service will resume on Monday, July 28 just a few days short of the three month anniversary of the flood.
Manna Food Pantries and the Escambia County School District are working on a deal to move the non-profit onto the site of an abandoned school. The property is the site of the former J. Lee Pickens School on Hayne Street in Pensacola which has been vacant for 20 years. Dee Dee Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says the deal is just for the land, not the building which was demolished last month.
Chris Rutledge, the President and CEO of Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, stood in the sunshine at the Gonzalez Street headquarters of Manna Food Pantries Monday morning to present a check to help get the community organization back on its feet after last month's floods. The check was for over $146,000.
When Governor Rick Scott came to Pensacola he spoke with many community and business leaders about recovering from last week's flood. He also spend a lot of time talking to Dee Dee Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries, the region's primary food bank.
One of the biggest losses from this week's storm was Manna Food Pantries, who's office and warehouse in Pensacola were just about a total loss. WUWF's Bob Barrett toured the damage at the Manna complex on Gonzalez Street and spoke about what it means for the future of Manna with Executive Director Dee Dee Flounlacker, who said they have lost "approximately 60 to 75 percent of our food".
On Manna's food storage:
The office and warehouse on Gonzalez street in Pensacola is the only place Manna stores their food. The only food still usable was stored on the higher shelves.
The Mayflower has landed in Pensacola as a local nonprofit looks to feed the hungry. The Mayflower in question is actually three Mayflower moving vans. They are set up in the parking lot of the Cordova Mall in Pensacola to collect food for Manna Food Pantries. It's the annual Fill The Mayflower promotion to help restock Mann's larder.
Jay Bradshaw is President of Pensacola Moving and Storage and also Chairman of the Board for Manna Food Pantries. He says that they are hoping for a wide variety of food items nutritious food items like canned meats and vegetables.