BENEFITING: MANNA CONEJO VALLEY FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER INC
Friends, Family & Colleagues,
I've been supporting Manna for over ten years. I'm a Past President, Past Treasurer, committee member and volunteer. I'm passionate about Manna and the wonderful service it provides to our community. Manna is truly an amazing place, born out of a desire to help neighbors. 40+ years later, we feed 1200-1500 people a month out of a tiny 700 sqft home in Thousand Oaks. We've just, FINALLY, purchased a beautiful 3000+ sqft church. We now need to convert it to a food pantry. I'm asking you to help make this dream a reality. Please help me by making a donation to rebuild Manna so we can feed more neighbors, more often, with dignity & compassion.
This is actually a competition among Manna supporters, so here is a little extra to sweeten the deal and put me ahead of the pack. Everyone who donates to MY page/goal can request to be entered into a drawing. I will randomly draw 8 people for a private BBQ PARTY and 6 people for a private SUSHI PARTY to be hosted by yours truly.
*To be entered just indicate "(BBQ)" or "(Sushi)" immediately after your name i.e. Aaron Podell (sushi) if you're interested in either of the drawings. Or you could also put it in the comment section.
Thank you in advance for helping me kick the other supports b_ _ts in this worthy contest to raise needed funds for my beloved Manna! :)
More Information about Manna's move and Capital Campaign:
After a thoughtful strategic planning process to consider how best to meet the growing demand for Manna’s services, the Board of Directors announced its exciting decision to move Manna’s operations to a larger facility. Manna has purchased the Church property at 95 Oakview Drive, just off Thousand Oaks Boulevard, about one mile from Manna’s current home. It is a 3,056 square-foot building on a 13,000 square-foot lot that, after remodel, will allow Manna to create:
• A comfortable and inviting client intake and waiting area.
• On-site storage and inventory management for highly variable food stock and selections.
• Pantry shelving that allows for efficient client flow.
• Covered, secure food delivery area.
• Commercial cold storage.
• Staff office space.
• Classroom/conference space for volunteer trainings, client cooking classes and safe and board meetings.
Manna’s new home will significantly broaden and strengthen the food insecurity safety net for the vulnerable in our community. With a facility that is four times larger than our current space and offers vastly improved access, we will be able to:
• Double the frequency of food distribution to pantry clients from once to twice per month.
• Extend pantry distribution days and hours to accommodate clients who work.
• Serve more clients in the pantry at any given time.
• Reduce stress and support the dignity of our clients with shorter waiting times and an environment that is sensitive to their emotional as well as basic needs.
• Reach out to those who are unable to access the food pantry through mobile food distribution.
• Attract more volunteers and partners like the National Charity League and the Girl Scouts to support our vital work.