Manna qualifies for full challenge grant monies
SHAMOKIN - The quarterly meeting of Manna for the Many Board of Directors was held April 23 at the food pantry.
Board President David Wildoner opened the meeting with devotions and prayer. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were submitted and accepted.
Lucille Lubeskie, treasurer, reported Manna received $1,185 from the Souper Bowl of Caring and $900 from Soup Wars sponsored by Friends Helping Friends at the Home Plate Cafe. The board expressed appreciation to all who supported these events.
Because Manna did receive enough donations during the designated time period, it qualifies for the full amount of the challenge grant offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The organization should be receiving $5,000 from Thrivent soon. The board thanked all who contributed during that time, Ron Manney, Trinity Lutheran Church and Thrivent.
Grethel Vinup, presenting the quarterly report, reported there were 739 visits to the food pantry during the period, an average of more than 60 visits per week. A total of 11,755 food items were given out this quarter.
Manna for the Many said anyone who is interested in helping the organization spruce up and decorate its storefront for Shamokin's 150th anniversary celebration in July should call the pantry at 570-648-9079 during distribution hours.
Pastor Zachary Hopple's resignation from the board of directors was accepted with regret. Peggy Timko was appointed to fill the vacancy.
Manna welcomes both food and monetary donations to the food pantry. Manna is open for food distributions and receiving donations from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Monetary donations can be made in memory of or in honor of someone and can also be mailed to P.O. Box 129, Shamokin 17872.
The next quarterly Board of Directors meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the food pantry, 144 East Independence Street. All meetings are open to the public. The Board invites and encourages all interested persons to attend.
Wildoner reported that Manna for the Many is now actively ordering food items from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, coordinating purchases with John Vanaskie.
Peggy Timko, volunteer voordinator, reported Manna has gotten more volunteers recently to help distribute food to clients, but could use more, especially for Thursday evenings. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact her at 570-850-4527.
The annual volunteer appreciation dinner was held April 28 at St. John's United Church of Christ on Eighth Street.
Central Susquehanna Opportunities (CSO) will hold Community Action Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center on Arch Street. Manna for the Many will be among the numerous agencies participating to provide information to the public.