Manna Food Project

July 2022
This is your source for volunteer news, program updates, opportunities, and events. Best of all, it's where we can highlight YOU, and the amazing work Manna volunteers accomplish!
The Annual Golf Fore Manna Charity Golf Outing is September 8th 2022. This event is hosted by the Country Club of Boyne and held on the Moor Golf Course. Please join us in this amazing golf event that benefits thousands of people every year in our community.
We are full for teams for 2022, but we have available sponsorship opportunities. Please reach out to Matthew Flickema - at for more info.
Manna Mobile Food Pantry Is Underway!
We held our first of many mobile pantries in northern Emmet County on July 21st. We had great support from our volunteers and community partners. We at Manna look forward to this expansion of services in our area!
Manna is happy to announce that we are continuing our Food for Kids Backpack program throughout the summer in our 3 county area. We look forward providing the additional community support in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties by keeping kids fed through the summer months.
“A few people of integrity can go a long way.”
Bill Kauth
Co-Founder of The Mankind Project
Thank you for your gift of volunteerism.
Throughout the month of July we had 48 individual volunteers walk through Manna's door to give back to its community.
Better Impact
Please make sure all your personal information is updated! It's always helpful to have your correct contact information.
See Matthew if you need help setting up your account for the first time. Any staff member can help you sign up for shifts or update your contact if you need assistance.
Required Trainings
Trainings for Food Safety and Civil Rights from Feeding America and are required for all food bank or food pantry volunteers/staff. MSU extension offers optional training for food safety. Let Matthew know if you need assistance. We will also have a laptop available if you chose to take it while your here at Manna.
Manna strives to provide volunteers with meaningful opportunities to engage in our mission, matching volunteer interests and abilities to our needs. To that end, we periodically suggest volunteers complete training sessions on topics related to our food assistance programs.
By keeping everyone properly trained: 
  • Our volunteers feel knowledgeable, comfortable, and confident in their roles.
  • We maintain a safe and positive environment for everyone.
  • We ensure the food we distribute is safe to eat.
  • We fulfill our mission in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Volunteer Hours
Interested in how many volunteer hours are spent at Manna to make the organization run?
The grand total for the month of July was 350+ hours.
Thank you for making Manna's mission a success. Your dedication and support is much appreciated by Manna and the Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet county communities.
Food Rescue & Backpack Delivery
Volunteer Recruiting
Manna is seeking additional drivers and riders for our food rescue program. This program is dedicated to rescuing food from local area stores and distributing it to our clients and partner pantries.
We provide two individual food rescue opportunities here at Manna.
  1. 8AM food rescue is Monday thru Friday. This is a volunteer opportunity for a single volunteer and takes 60 minutes to complete or less.
  2. 9AM food rescue is Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9AM-11AM. This opportunity is supported by a driver and rider for the shift duration.
  3. Additionally, Manna is seeking backpack delivery and rider support for our backpack runs. Backpack deliveries are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8AM - 12PM. Shifts will be available online shortly.

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Backpack Program

Activity Shifts Start End
Backpack Assembly 305 10/5/2022 5/31/2023
Backpack Driver - Monday 0 10/10/2022 10/10/2022
Backpack Driver - Tuesday 0 10/11/2022 10/11/2022
Backpack Driver - Wednesday 0 10/12/2022 10/12/2022
Backpack Rider - Monday 0 10/10/2022 10/10/2022
Backpack Rider - Tuesday 0 10/11/2022 10/11/2022
Backpack Rider - Wednesday 0 10/12/2022 10/12/2022

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 24 10/5/2022 12/16/2022


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Office Assistant 13 10/6/2022 12/29/2022


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Client Registration 20 10/11/2022 12/22/2022
Pantry Setup & Food Counter Assistance 11 10/11/2022 12/20/2022
Shopping Assistant 14 10/11/2022 12/27/2022


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Food Repacking 11 10/6/2022 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.