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Manna Food Pantries receives food stock
PENSACOLA - Manna Food Pantries main entry is now receiving and stocking food. The facility lost all its food in April's flood. Over the weekend, the Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carrier Food Drive helped Manna collect thousands of pounds of food.
Inside the warehouse at Manna Food Pantries, volunteers have their work cut out for them. Thousands of pounds worth of food are in these large boxes, and they all must be sorted. This will be the first step to getting back to helping people who need this food the most.
Last month's rain storm caused the Manna warehouse to flood which meant tens of thousands of pounds of food had to be thrown out.
The organization has to start over and thanks to a generous community they've made quite a turnaround.
Since Monday, staff and volunteers have been sorting more than 73,000 pounds of food.
While that's only enough to serve the hungry in the area for a month, it's a start.
"This time last year, in May we helped over 3,000 people, so we know if we're not here to help them they're having to find other resources" said DeDe Flounlacker.
Some long-time volunteers couldn't be happier to once again give back.
"I'm happy to be back here and down here and see that we've got food in and can start getting it sorted and getting it out to clients" said Sandi Knechtell, volunteer.
"It's very rewarding work and we're thankful we have a community that will come out and share and participate and give their time and money" said Eugene Pettis, volunteer.
It can take anywhere between six to eight weeks to get all of this food sorted and distributed to those who need it most.