Manna Food Bank to recognize volunteers’ contributions through COVID-19 crisis at luncheon and award ceremony

What:   Manna Food Bank will recognize several volunteers whose contributions carried the food bank through the COVID-19 crisis. Five volunteers will be honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award, and one retiring volunteer will be presented with the prestigious President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award was founded by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003. The recognition luncheon and award ceremony will feature acknowledgements by Mayor Grover Robinson and Manna Board President Hank Carlstrom, and a presentation by Manna Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker.


When:  Media is invited to Manna on Friday, April 23, 2021. The luncheon begins at Noon, with the awards ceremony and presentation to follow.


Where:  Manna is located at 3030 North E Street, Pensacola, FL 32501. Our facility remains locked due to COVID-19. Media should contact Kerri Smayda at 814-516-6355 upon arrival.


Who:  Manna leadership, Mayor Grover Robinson, and Manna volunteers will be in attendance and available for interviews.


Why:   Manna could not carry out its mission without the support of volunteers. Since January 2020, the volunteers being honored at this luncheon and award ceremony have contributed more than 3,400 hours of service! According to Independent Sector, their time is valued at $97,036 (2020 national rate of $28.54 per hour) – the equivalent of 58,222 healthy meals for our neighbors in need!


For more information about the event, please contact Manna at (850) 432-2053.




About Manna 

Manna’s mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. A local grassroots organization with no national affiliation or government funding, Manna provided food to 35,417 people last year. Manna operates a network of three emergency food distribution pantries and nine specialty programs with 10 community partners in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. For more information, please visit