Manna Programs and Services
At this time, Manna is not providing food assistance through our pantry sites. We are serving our neighbors in need through our programs and partners. If you are in need of food assistance, please call United Way of West Florida's 2-1-1 referral service (dial 211) for information on resources in your area.
School Resource Officer Food Program
Manna partners with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Pensacola Police Department, and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office to carry out the School Resource Officer Food Program. The program provides School Resource Officers (SRO) with food in more than 30 schools across the two-county area for students who’ve identified themselves as being in need. SROs utilize the food as a tool: first, to fulfill an immediate need – food; then to have deeper conversations with students about life at home, academic performance, behavior, and more. In addition, SROs have identified whole family units struggling with food insecurity during home visits. We supply each family member with a 5-day supply of healthy groceries, and just as important, the relationship between law enforcement and the family is strengthened.
Ministry Village at Olive
Manna provides food bags to clients enrolled in Ministry Village at Olive’s Tender Hearts Caring Hands financial stability class. Furnishing groceries alleviates additional financial burden as well as provides a meaningful opportunity to put the class experience into practical application by offering an instant reduction in expenses. Families may utilize that money for savings, debt reduction, or making other needed purchases.
Backpacks4Teens is a collaboration with the Santa Rosa County School District that enables trained school personnel to connect Unaccompanied Youth (mostly homeless 10th – 12th graders living in cars, parks, or on the streets) and students with emergent needs with Manna’s resources. Food is a critical stabilizing factor for these students, and it reduces the likelihood that they will engage in risky or illegal behavior to obtain food. Manna has also provided food bags to the school district for families who are found to be in need of additional support.
Healthy Seniors Food Program at Westminster Village
The Healthy Seniors Food Program at Westminster Village provides a 10-day supply of healthy food each month to 140-150 senior citizens residing in a low-income rental retirement community who must often choose between buying food or medication. The program improves their access to healthy food and in turn improves the nutritional quality of their diet. In our most recent food security survey conducted with program seniors, 99% told us the nutritional quality of their diet had improved!
Tummy Bundles is a collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast that, since 2016, has provided seven healthy weekend meals to 20-30 students participating in an after-school program at Montclair Elementary. This schoolyear, the program expanded to include Boys & Girls Clubs Main Site and Dixon School of Arts and Sciences – up to approx. 150 Escambia Co. students total each week. Tummy Bundles is designed to alleviate the excess burden of hunger for children participating in the Boys & Girls Clubs program and allow them to focus on improving academic and health outcomes. For families in need of additional support, Manna provides the entire family unit with healthy food.
Gulf Coast Kid's House and Santa Rosa Kids' House
Manna partners with Gulf Coast Kid's House (GCKH) and Santa Rosa Kids' House (SRKH) to provide emergency food bags at their facilities to distribute to the families and children they serve. Prior to this collaboration, their advocates would have to refer families to other resources for emergency food. This presented a problem especially when children are placed on the weekend or in the middle of the night, resulting in a lapse of time when the children and their guardians could access emergency food assistance. This partnership now provides the families in need with immediate access to food. GCKH and SRKH are children's advocacy centers that facilitate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and promote child abuse prevention and awareness through community education.
Through the United Way of West Florida’s AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program, Manna provides a 10-day supply of nutritious food monthly to VISTAs participating in the program to offset their cost of living expenses.
Manna provides the social workers of Covenant Care with food bags to support the individuals, families and caregivers they serve in Northwest Florida. Food bags packed to USDA Standards for a Healthy Diet are supplied to Covenant as needed and kept on-hand for quick, easy access and distribution. This partnership provides more than 3,600 healthy meals annually to Covenant Care clients, families and caregivers.
Volunteers of America – Pensacola Veterans Village
Manna regularly provides healthy food bags to veterans residing at Volunteers of America’s Pensacola Veterans Village to alleviate their expenses and improve the nutritional quality of their diets during their time in transitional housing, preparing them for a life of independence. This partnership provides more than 4,500 healthy meals annually to veterans in need.
Cantonment Improvement Committee
Manna provides 100 bags of healthy groceries to Cantonment Improvement Committee weekly to support their food distributions in North Escambia County.
Children’s Home Society
Manna provides Children’s Home Society social workers and resource navigators with food bags each week to support the children and families they serve. When they find that a child and his/her family is struggling with food insecurity, social workers and resource navigators facilitate the delivery of food bags to children and their families. Each family member is supplied with a 5-day food bag packed to USDA Standards for a Healthy Diet in an effort to stabilize the family unit. This partnership provides more than 1,400 healthy meals every month to CHS children and families.
ReEntry Alliance Pensacola (REAP)
Manna provides ReEntry Alliance Pensacola and the justice-involved citizens they serve with 25 healthy food bags (5-day/15-meal supply per bag) monthly to support them on their pathway to success following their time serving a sentence of imprisonment. This partnership provides approximately 4,500 healthy meals annually to REAP clients.
Food as Medicine
In partnership with the American Heart Association, Manna supports a Food as Medicine program that benefits the patients of three local healthcare providers: Health and Hope Clinic, Community Health Northwest Florida, and Baptist Hospital’s Heart Failure Clinic. The program is designed to support individuals who may benefit from incorporating fresh produce in their diet to both address food insecurity and improve their health outcomes (blood pressure, A1C, body weight, etc.). Our friends at The Farm supply produce boxes twice each month, and Manna supplements the boxes with bags of nonperishable groceries for each patient and members of their household.
Child Nutrition Program
In partnership with Backpack Project USA (an Escambia County nonprofit) and the American Heart Association, Manna supports a Child Nutrition Program that benefits Escambia County students who are found to be in need of food assistance by their teachers or other school personnel. Prior to implementation of the program, students typically received 7-8 items in a bag that consisted of things like ramen noodles, beanie weenies, chips, and pop tarts. Now, students enrolled in the program receive a bag of nutritious food every week of the school year that includes a healthy, balanced menu of 13-14 food items including protein, vegetables, fruit, grains, and dairy.
Pensacola State College
In partnership with Pensacola State College, Manna provides the Pirates CARE Team – a group of faculty and staff that assists students who are experiencing crisis or difficulty outside the classroom – with healthy food bags for students in need at all three of their campus locations.
Manna partners with Rally Pensacola – a foundation that works to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, and support families with children fighting cancer – to provide emergency food assistance as needed to families with children in treatment.