Christmas came a week early for Manna Food Pantries this year as a well known family made a six figure gift to the non-profit.
Sandy Sansing, along with members of his family and auto dealerships delivered a big end of the year gift to Manna Food Pantries Wednesday afternoon. A check for $100,000.
Jay Bradshaw, the president of Manna's Board of Directors represented the board at the check presentation. He called it the largest gift to Manna since he has been on the board and "one of the largest the pantry has seen in the history of the pantry".
The Annual Fill The Mayflower for Manna Food Drive is underway at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola. De De Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says this is Manna's biggest food drive of the year, and the non-perishable food items being collected now have to last through the spring.
Manna Food Pantries has taken the next step in finding a new permanent home.
If you stopped by Manna's long time location in Pensacola, you'd see the non-profit operating out of a few construction trailers in front of its warehouse. But that may soon be changing. De De Flounlacker, the Executive director of Manna Food Pantries, says the food bank has closed on a 4.5 acre parcel of land at the site of the former Escambia County School District textbook depot between N. Hayne Street and N. Tarragona Street in Pensacola.
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.
Manna Food Pantries will be serving up its seventh annual Fill A Bowl for Manna event this weekend. The weather will be getting chilly again towards the end of the week, which means it's a great time to think about soup.
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.