Manna is committed to do its part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The following preparedness practices focus on protecting the well-being of our staff, volunteers, and people facing hunger during this public health threat. While we are taking this threat seriously, we are encouraging everyone to remain calm and rational—confident in the measures we are taking.
At this time, Manna will continue most operations,
- acquiring and distributing food to partner agencies
- rescuing food and receiving donations from local businesses and individuals
- distributing food directly to those in need
Since Michigan schools are currently closed through April 6, we will not be delivering “Food 4 Kids” backpacks to area schools. However, Manna and its partners are currently exploring other ways to provide backpack food items to at-risk elementary and preschool students so that they do not go hungry.
In an effort to promote “social distancing” during this time, Manna will limit access to and time spent at our facility by:
- Temporarily closing its client choice food pantry, opting to distribute pre-assembled food boxes to clients with an assortment of self-stable and fresh foods.
- Requiring partner agencies to place pre-orders for all food item purchases and limiting the number of agency representatives allowed during pickups
- Canceling all volunteer groups, regularly-scheduled volunteer opportunities, and all walk-in volunteers, relying on our staff and select volunteers for operations.
These new procedures will be in effect until further notice.
(PLEASE SEE GREEN BOX BELOW FOR MORE VOLUNTEER DETAILS)
In addition, Manna will encourage staff and volunteers to follow recommended ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses:
- Stay home if you are feeling ill or show any symptoms (coughing, trouble breathing, fever, etc.)
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water as frequently as possible. Hand sanitizers are also encouraged, though not as effective as washing your hands.
- Turn away from others when sneezing and coughing, and do so into disposable tissues. Use your elbow only if you have to.
- Avoid touching your face. We touch our face 90 times each day without realizing it.
- Avoid handshaking, or coming into close contact with others. Try to remain 6 feet apart.
- Open doors with your closed fist or hip. This is especially important on bathroom and commercial doors.
Manna will implement procedures to more frequently clean our facility, work areas, and vehicles, ensuring a safe space for all.
We strongly encourage you to stay up to date with COVID-19 news and updates. For reliable and trustworthy information, please visit