Manna Food Project

Volunteer Program Updates
- March, 2022 -


Individual and Group Volunteering

  • All individuals and groups are required to schedule volunteer shifts in advance.
  • Individuals will likely to partner with others during their shift (in groups up to 4) or to work alone. Please let Manna staff members know if your not comfortable working with others due to Covid.


  • Manna’s Food Rescue Program
    • Volunteer drivers and riders are needed to pick up surplus food items from area businesses and grocery stores. 
  • Our “Food 4 Kids” Backpack Program
    • Volunteer drivers and riders are needed to deliver backpacks to area schools. This program will has resumed as of September 15, 2021.
  • Manna Community Food Pantry has continued its curbside service Client Choice Pantry.
    • Each pantry date requires one volunteer for client registration, parking lot assistants, client shoppers, and food counter assistants.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Since we work with an at-risk population, if you have been in contact with a COVID-19 please follow strict health department guidelines and return only when well.
  • If you have any other symptoms of COVID-19 (or who has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19) please seek guidance from a healthcare professional.
  • Volunteers should wash their hands upon entry and follow good hygiene practices (such as wearing gloves while packing produce, social distancing, and sanitizing hands and workspaces frequently) while at our facility.
  • Volunteers are also encouraged to voice any health questions or safety concerns to Manna staff members or report to our red flag reporting tool.


In the case of a possible COVID-19 exposure, Manna will cancel volunteer shifts out of an abundance of caution. Manna will follow Health Department of Northwest Michigan guidelines.


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Food Rescue

Using Manna vehicles, pick up food from restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses and return to Manna for distribution. 

Activity Shifts Start End
8 a.m. Run - Driver 69 8/9/2022 12/16/2022


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Office Assistant 21 8/11/2022 12/29/2022


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Client Registration 30 8/9/2022 12/22/2022
Pantry Setup & Food Counter Assistance 20 8/9/2022 12/20/2022
Shopping Assistant 23 8/9/2022 12/27/2022


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Food Repacking 19 8/11/2022 12/15/2022

Feeding the hungry in Northern Michigan

Manna Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to help feed the hungry in Northern Michigan. Manna operates a food rescue program, a food distribution center (food bank), a weekly food pantry, and the “Food 4 Kids” backpack program. Manna works with over 50 partner food pantries, community kitchens, and human service agencies to provide supplemental food to over 42,000 households each year. Manna is a partner organization of the national Feeding America food bank network and operates in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties.