Going Mobile!
Hospitality, restaurant, construction, and other area workers help make Northern Michigan a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Unfortunately, these are some of the folks hardest hit in the crisis. 

Knowing that many of these workers often lived paycheck-to-paycheck even before COVID-19, a group of caring Harbor Springs residents and KorthaseFlinn Insurance approached Manna to explore ways to help. 

The solution: drive-thru, mobile pantries at Boyne Highlands and Odawa Casino. 

While the Boyne Highlands location has completed its four-week run, Odawa Casino is running strong. Our first date at the casino served exactly 100 households! A line of 15 or so cars was waiting for us to start. We'll be there every Friday through May 22.

Some of these folks told us they had been employees of the host sites, recently laid-off due to the crisis; others were picking up food for their coworkers who were unable to leave the kids at home. The majority had never asked for food assistance before. Thank you to our volunteers who have helped us with this cool project!
Sunshine Share-outs

Thanks to Kelly Croff for sharing his photo of purple crocus popping out of the leaves!

(Psst: Can you guess who's in the mask below?)
Send Jessyca more "sunshine-y" stuff, and you may see it here next time!
Volunteer "Need to Knows"

  • We are no longer accepting food donations from the public, from both individuals or group food drives.

  • For volunteers who may be returning to Northern Michigan: once Michigan's "Stay at Home" and "State of Emergency" orders are lifted and more businesses begin to open, Manna hopes to resume our "new normal" operations. Hopefully, we'll be in contact with you sooner than later to schedule volunteer opportunities. It will be wonderful to see all of your smiling faces again. 

  • Hang on to your D&W and Oleson's receipts!! We'll start collecting them again for the Community Share Points after the crisis passes.

Have you seen these signs around town?
A big thank-you to Bill McMaster for sponsoring our billboards and yard signs!