Pensacola, FL (November 23, 2021) – The Northwest Florida community united in the fight against hunger right before Thanksgiving for Manna’s largest food drive of the year, Fill the Mayflower. Generous donors brought food and funds to support Manna Food Bank. Donations from the two-day event will provide 105,000 healthy meals to neighbors in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Fill the Mayflower is made possible by Coastal Moving & Storage, Cat Country 98.7, NewsRadio 92.3, and WEAR Channel 3 News.
Food collected during Fill the Mayflower will be distributed through Manna’s programs and partners in the two-county area, which have experienced increased need for food assistance over the past year and a half. In response to the effects of coronavirus and Hurricane Sally, Manna has focused on supporting the needs of at-risk, vulnerable populations served pre-COVID-19, as well as those who find themselves in challenging financial situations and have unmet needs.
“Over the course of the past two years, Manna has provided food to more than 66,000 people – double the number of people served in 2018 and 2019 combined,” said DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna. “Fill the Mayflower raised the food and funds we need to help feed the hungry in the coming months. We’re so grateful to the Northwest Florida community for supporting this event and continuing to show an amazing capacity to help those in need.”
“Many thanks to Jay and Jennifer Bradshaw, owners of Coastal Moving and Storage, for sponsoring Fill the Mayflower, and to our media sponsors Cat Country 98.7, NewsRadio, and WEAR,” said Flounlacker.