Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), a nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically appropriate meals, invites new volunteers to join a compassionate group of caring citizens. New volunteer orientation will take place from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on January 27.
MANNA was founded in 1990 by seven members of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. This mission was to help comfort people dying of AIDS at a time when ignorance of AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease was at its height. MANNA provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS, by delivering three meals a day, seven days a week to the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.
“While working in the kitchen, I experienced an emotional high that I had not felt in a long time. I was able to include actually working with food, and as a natural foods cook, this was right up my galley,” states volunteer EllenSue Spicer-Jacobson. “I was ‘playing with food’ which I loved and, at the same time, making a difference in the lives of people with critical illnesses. As a volunteer, I learned how
to put together individual packages of non-perishable food (dry cereal, crackers, etc.) and then pack them into larger bundles for delivery.”
For more information, call Jen Stackhouse at 215-496-2662 x138 or email JStackhouse@MANNAPA.org. January 2014.