DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director, Manna
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Manna and Rotary team up to fight hunger on February 22
Pensacola, FL (February 18, 2020) – Rotary Clubs of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will once again join Manna in the fight against hunger on Saturday, February 22. Rotary Against Hunger is a project of the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola (CROP) that launched in 2012. The 9th Annual Rotary Against Hunger service project will create more than 50,000 meals that will be donated to Manna for distribution through Manna’s programs and pantries in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
More than 200 volunteers are expected to contribute to the project – a morning spent packing nutritious lentil casserole packets. CROP’s donation will provide much-needed food to those in need. According to Manna Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker, the project has become a critical part of their ability to meet the needs of the hungry throughout the year in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
“The Rotary Against Hunger project provides much-needed food during the winter and early spring months when giving has decreased and need has increased,” said Flounlacker. “Last year, Manna provided food assistance to 19,499 people. Many are the working poor, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and moms and dads who do not have enough money to pay their bills and buy food for their family. Thanks to our Rotary friends, thousands of our neighbors in need will be given the gift of nutritious food.”
Since Rotary Against Hunger started in 2012, CROP has packed a total of 653,626 meals for the hungry.
“This will be the ninth year that Rotary has teamed up with Manna, ensuring that these meals will be distributed in a manner that will serve the needs of many families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties,” said Tracy Allen, Rotary Against Hunger Project Chair. “Through this project, Rotary is striving to exemplify Service Above Self, the Rotary motto.”
For more information about Manna, please visit mannahelps.org.
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 19,499 people last year. Manna operates a network of three emergency food distribution pantries and nine specialty programs with 11 partners in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. For more information, please visit www.mannahelps.org.