EVENT DATE: Dec 09, 2017
MANNA was founded in 1990 by seven members of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Their mission was to help comfort people dying of AIDS at a time when ignorance of AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease was at its height. Often shunned and isolated from family and friends, these people often found MANNA to be the only source of love and care they knew…as well as the only source of nourishment and nutritional support they needed during their time of medical crisis. MANNA meals helped sustain them during the often dark days and lonely nights that followed their diagnosis.
In 2006, MANNA expanded its outreach to neighbors with other critical illnesses – cancer, renal and cardiac disease and diabetes. Today, operating from a renovated 10,000sq foot facility on Ranstead Street in Philadelphia, MANNA has a staff of more than 30, a full commercial kitchen and a fleet of trucks that bring Food as Medicine to our critically ill neighbors in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.
3 meals a day…7 days a week…52 weeks a year – MANNA’s care and concern defies borders and boundaries to reach out to those at acute nutritional risk due to their illnesses. Each month we deliver 95,000 meals to those who struggle with serious diseases. We feed. We nurture. We support. And we do it all completely free of charge.