Manna Food Bank and Rotary team up to fight hunger on March 12

Pensacola, FL (March 10, 2022) – Rotary Clubs of Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties will once again join Manna in the fight against hunger on Saturday, March 12. Rotarians Against Hunger is a project of the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola (CROP) that launched in 2012. The 10th Annual Rotarians Against Hunger service project will create more than 20,000 meals that will be donated to Manna for distribution through Manna’s pantry and programs in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


More than 100 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 Rotarians 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 31,014 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 due to COVID-19 and myriad other circumstances. Thanks to our Rotary friends, thousands of our neighbors in need will be given the gift of nutritious food.”


Since Rotarians Against Hunger started in 2012, CROP has packed more than 695,000 meals for the hungry.


“This will be the tenth 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 Mike Stahl, Rotarians Against Hunger Project Chair. “Through this project, Rotary is striving to exemplify Service Above Self, the Rotary motto.”