June 2020
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!
CROP Walk Goes Virtual!
Join Team Manna for this year's virtual
CROP Walk and move WHEREVER & WHENEVER works for you!

This year, we will “walk together apart.”
Farmers Markets Seek Volunteers
Our friends at the local farmers markets, like Harbor Springs, Boyne City, and Petoskey, are seeking volunteers to help manage traffic, enforce market safety protocol, and use the EBT machine for SNAP recipients.

While this is not directly related to Manna Food Project, we share similar priorities of providing fresh, local food to our neighbors, especially those who lack access to transportation or are low income. Farmers markets are essential!

Schedules are flexible and usually cover Wednesdays and Saturdays. They last throughout the summer and into fall.

If you are interested, please contact:

Hannah Bianchi, Harbor Springs

Jordan Peck, Boyne City

Emily Stuchell, Petoskey
Volunteer "Need to Knows"

  • Even though guidelines are changing, Food Rescue and public food donations are still on hold. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Hang on to your D&W and Oleson's receipts!! You can turn them in to us anytime.

Sunshine Share-outs

Gabby thinks you should all watch this video, which highlights Kelly Clarkson's new song "I Dare You to Love." People from all across the world sing it in their native languages...we hope it inspires you!

Send Jessyca more "sunshine-y" stuff, and you may see it here next time!

Service Spotlight:
John and Mary Merrill
Our service Spotlight for June is John and Mary Merrill. John started volunteering in 2018, while Mary has become involved more recently.

"I was born in California while my father was stationed there in the Navy, but spent most of my growing up years in Cincinnati. My wife and I met on a blind date, we are both graduates of Ohio State University…yes, we are Buckeye transplants! We were married in 1975, and spent part of our camping honeymoon in Michigan," says John.

John and Mary continued to spend some of their vacations in Michigan, and eventually purchased land near Cross Village in 1991.

"We built an outhouse on the property, and enjoyed annual camping trips there with our three children until 2009, when we built a more permanent structure that we could use on a year-round basis...essentially a two car garage with apartment above," he says.

In 2016, the two retired from Ohio University, and soon broke ground for a new home on the Michigan property. The Merrills have been living here full-time since 2017.

The couple enjoys doing community service, which is what attracted them to Manna. John is a regular Food Rescue volunteer and has helped with our mobile pantry at Odawa Casino. John and Mary have also been helping us assemble food boxes, pack backpacks, and prepare produce (like the asparagus in the picture) during the pandemic. They also volunteer with the Little Traverse Conservancy.

While at home, they spend time cultivating gardens with native plant species, or going out hiking trails in the local preserves or the North Country Trail. 

Thank you for your service, John and Mary!
Have you seen these signs around town?
A big thank-you to Bill McMaster for sponsoring our billboards and yard signs!