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Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst: (Manna Food Pantries)

Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 07:17 PM CST
Dede Floundlacker, Manna Food Pantries;  We're An Emergency Food Assistance program.  We're feeding people everyday.
There are hungry people everyday.  162 people, on average, that we provide food to every single day.

So many people hungry.  So little food on the shelves.  Manna food pantries asked the community to help.

Coastal Moving and Storage parked the moving vans at Cordova Mall and the challenge was on to fill them.  No donation was too small; every item is critical.

There are thousands of people in Escambia and Santa Rosa County who everyday struggle to have just a simple can of green beans and fruit to eat.

And when you break down those numbers, the statistics are very telling and they're touching. 
13% of the families we see are military families.  They're either active duty, they're retired or they're veterans. 

There are children...
 39% of the people we help are children under the age of 18.
And the elderly.
15% of the people that come in are seniors over the age of 55 with a concentration of 60-plus.

There are folks who literally are our neighbors.  We just don't know it; who are having a hard time making the house payments, paying their bills and having to decide if they're going to be able to eat tonight or not.

Good neighbors came to help, making steady passes through the parking lot dropping off donations.  Escambia school children and district staff sent a bus and truck load of food.  Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Panhandle Charitable Open, McKenzie Motors and many of you brought cash for Manna to buy specific foods they are lacking. Your compassion filled three trucks and brought in 112,222 pounds of food.  Thank you for sharing your blessings.

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

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