Despite COVID, Manna still feeding a need

Volunteers sought for ongoing effort to provide healthy community meals


March 9, 2022

Benny Westcott

Manna Meals Coordinator Linda Rowton grabs some vegetables for packaged meals.

With roots extending back to the 1970s, the Sweet Home Emergency Ministries' Manna program has fed the hungry every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday night at the Sweet Home United Methodist Church – whose mission is to "feed the physical, social and spiritual hungers of all people" – since 2004. 

COVID-19, however, has changed much of the way it operates, from distribution to volunteers to hours and beyond. 

Previously, meals were served in the church's dining hall, but now they're distributed takeout-style. Overall, this change has resulted in less people using the service. In the last...

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