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Saturday November 22nd 2014

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Staff Pick: A Different Kind of Food Truck


By Jessica Forbes

Manna Food Pantries is holding a donation drive with the goal of collecting enough canned goods and non-perishable food items to fill a Mayflower moving truck, or maybe a couple trucks if all goes well. Manna will have a truck located downtown on Friday, Nov. 22 and will be stationed at Cordova Mall for a three-day drive from Monday, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Nov. 27. Coastal Moving and Storage provides the Mayflower trucks for what is one of the most important events of the year for Manna.

Peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tuna and chicken, and individually packaged breakfast items such as cereal, oatmeal, and grits are among the most needed items. Vegetable and meat soups as well as pasta are also in demand for Manna, which provides food 22 days a month. Food donations will be distributed through one of Manna’s six food pantries in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Manna is a not-for-profit that works to alleviate hunger locally. In 2012, Manna helped feed over 44,000 people, 39% of whom were children. Though Manna receives some federal funding, they primarily rely on donations to fund their operations.

A truck will be parked and accepting donations downtown on Friday, Nov. 22 from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The truck will be parked in front of Christ Church, across from Episcopal Day School at 223 N. Palafox Street on Friday before heading to the mall early in the week of Thanksgiving.
If you find yourself too busy to drop off food in the days before Thanksgiving, monetary donations are also accepted and can be mailed to Manna at 116 E. Gonzalez St., Pensacola, FL 32501.

HELP MANNA FILL THE MAYFLOWER
WHAT: Food Drive for Manna Food Pantries
WHEN: 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26; and 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27
WHERE: Cordova Mall at 9th Ave. and Airport Blvd., next to Village Inn
DETAILS: mannafoodpantries.org or 432-2053