How It Works

How It Works

Your First Visit to Manna

Drawing of a person being interviewed.
The Manna Food Bank is open most Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.
When you visit the food bank for the first time, you will be interviewed by a volunteer who will ask you for some information, such as your name and address, the number of people in your family and their ages, and the circumstances that bring you to seek assistance from Manna. Be sure to bring some I.D. with you.

We do our best to treat our clients with dignity and respect, but we must collect this information in order to ensure that the money and food donated by our community is being distributed to those genuinely in need.

The Manna Food Bank maintains files containing information about its clients. Your information is confidential, however. We will  never share it with anyone.

The Point System

Drawing of a grocery cart.You will be assigned a number of points based on the number of people in your family.
You will then be given a grocery list in which items have a point value.  Peanut butter is worth 3 points, and canned pasta is worth 1 point, for example. You then select what you need, using up the value of points that you are assigned, and volunteers assemble your groceries.
There is also a “free table” containing items that do not use up points. Sometimes there is a limit to the number of items you can select from the free table, and sometimes there is not. Check with the volunteers at the food bank.

Subsequent Visits to Manna

You will speak briefly with an interviewer to find out how things are going and then you will be given a grocery list.

We ask that our clients do not use the food bank more than once a month. However: it is our policy that no hungry person or family will be turned away from Manna.