Local first responders raise 32,000 healthy meals during 2022 Donut Strike for Manna

Local first responders raise 32,000 healthy meals during 2022 Donut Strike for Manna


Pensacola, Fla. (July 8, 2022) – Local law enforcement and fire departments teamed up again to fight hunger. During the 2022 Donut Strike for Manna, seven agencies across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties collected food and funds, raising the equivalent of 32,694 healthy meals for hungry neighbors in need served by Manna Food Bank. This year’s event pushed first responders’ total contributions since 2017 over the 100,000-meal mark, to nearly 130,000 healthy meals for children and families in need!


Pen Air Federal Credit Union also generously supported the Donut Strike once again by kicking off the three-day event with a $10,000 contribution to Manna in support of first responders’ efforts.


Participating agencies include the Escambia County Fire Rescue, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Breeze Fire Rescue, Gulf Breeze Police Department, Pace Fire Rescue District, Pensacola Fire Department, and Pensacola Police Department.


“Local law enforcement and firefighters are not only our every-day heroes; they’re our hunger heroes too,” said DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna. “Families are struggling to make ends meet this summer. Our first responders have generously answered the call to impact change for their neighbors in need.”


First responders went on strike against the disc-shaped delicacies from June 22 through June 24 to encourage the community to fight local hunger by supporting Manna. Once they had raised their goal, they indulged at the 2022 Donut Strike for Manna Wrap Party/Coffee with a First Responder event on June 28 at J’s Bakery and Café – the event’s donut sponsor.