About two months ago, we all woke up to find ourselves in a new reality and a very different lifestyle, one filled with stress, restrictions and uncertainties. At that time, the board of directors for Manna for the Many met to decide how we could continue with our program of serving those in need. At the end of March, some members of the board began making calls to our families, informing them of our plan for food distribution directly to their homes, whereas other members began packing bags containing supplemental food supplies for the families already enrolled at the pantry.
At that same meeting, a volunteer from a local fire department offered help in distributing the bags and subsequently followed up on this generous offer by providing assistance. We are very grateful to the Shamokin Fire Bureau members who have volunteered to deliver the food bags directly to the homes of our families. Their effort was, and continues to be, a tremendous help since it eliminates the need for families lining up outside the pantry, which is located on a street filled with many homes.