Learn more about Manna House and how you can help them feed the hungry in our community.

Did you know that more than 42.2 million Americans struggle with hunger? Over 900,000 of those people reside in Alabama, according to Feeding America. In Madison County alone, the food insecure rate is over 15% of the county’s population. You can help people fighting hunger in our community by supporting Manna House.  

Manna House Needs Your Help to Feed the Hungry

April 10, 2017

Learn more about Manna House and how you can help them feed the hungry in our community.

Did you know that more than 42.2 million Americans struggle with hunger? Over 900,000 of those people reside in Alabama, according to Feeding America. In Madison County alone, the food insecure rate is over 15% of the county’s population. You can help people fighting hunger in our community by supporting Manna House.

Manna House is a public charity that provides food assistance for those in need. Children, families, veterans and the elderly can all find help there. Manna House is the food distribution center for the Huntsville Dream Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community of Huntsville, Madison County and the surrounding region.

Anthony Cox, the leader of Charity Finders, with Fran Fluhler of Manna House.
 
The powerhouse behind Manna House is Fran Fluhler. She began Manna House in 2004, after many years of serving the community on her own from her home. The following statement on the Manna House website reflects how small acts can make a huge impact:

"Tiny little mustard seeds sown together can produce a great harvest. Although it starts out small and insignificant, it quickly grows into something that blesses others. Although you may feel like what you have to give is small, together we can make a huge impact for those in need."

Now, Manna House provides food on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 4-7 pm and two Saturday's a month. They serve our community from their warehouse at 2110 S Memorial Parkway and supply food to various distribution hubs in Harvest, New Market, Lacy's Spring and Ryland Pike.

Fran recently visited a Charity Finders meeting and gave a presentation on what Manna House does for North Alabama.

Manna House serves an average of 500 meals a night, and their mobile kitchen serves an additional 200 to 250. “Our Hope on Wheels mobile kitchen provides a hot meal to families and elderly people that cannot get to Manna House due to transportation issues,” Fran says. Without this resource, many of the individuals served by Hope on Wheels would go hungry. The same goes for the children who are part of their backpack program, who receive a backpack full of food for weekends and holidays.

Redstone’s Charity Finders group recently helped raise donations for Manna House. This donation drive was for food items for those going through chemotherapy, and resulted in:

  • 237 snack bags, each containing three individual snacks
  • 94 packs of crackers
  • 172 juice boxes
  • 350 diapers
  • various other snacks and resources

Charity Finders members pack snack packs to donate to Manna House to distribute to chemotherapy patients.

In all, the team collected over 950 individual items! These food items will help nourish members of our community who are going through chemotherapy and cancer treatments. Going through chemotherapy is a grueling and intense process; these items will help bring a little relief and happiness during these tough times.

Fran is incredibly grateful to the community for helping Manna House serve so many people. “The many volunteers, donors and businesses that generously donate their time, energy and resources are the reason we are able to provide the support to those in need in our community. We are so grateful for all the help from the amazing employees of Redstone Federal Credit Union. We are so blessed by your compassion and willingness to help!” she said. 

If you’re interested in volunteering at Manna House, simply stop by their warehouse between 4 pm and 7 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. There is always plenty to do around the warehouse and they can always use another smiling face on the serving line.

“My goal is to always try to feed more, do more, and reach more people,” says Fran. You can help her achieve her mission by volunteering, donating, or simply sharing this post.

Charity Finders members pose with Fran of Manna House during a recent meeting.

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