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Manna Food Pantries searching for new location


Manna Food Pantries says they are hoping to resume their services in about three weeks.
The non- profit lost all of its inventory as a result of the April rainstorm. Now Manna says they are looking for a new location to set up shop.

The organization provides food to more than 17,000 families a year in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
Channel 3's Kalie Desimone explains Manna is checking out several locations but has their eye on one particular piece of land.

This wide open lot with a large mound of dirt doesn't look like much right now but it could be the future home of Manna Food Pantry.

Dede Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantry, says "We can't continue to flood year after year."

2 and half feet of water caused damage to the storage warehouse at Mann Food Pantry.
"Worst of all we lost all of our food. It really took us to zero inventory."

This is why Dede says the non-profit is looking for a new location.
"One of the things we are most interested in is staying in the near area because so many people who come and receive our help are from this area here."

And one of the locations that is of interest is this lot on Hayne St. near Hatton St, less than two miles from the current location.
"We have entered into a contract with the Escambia Co. School District for a possible future sight for Manna."

This land currently owned by the Escambia Co. School District is was where the former J. Lee Pickens school once sat.
"For our students and our families, it's a critical sale," says Malcom Thomas, Superintendent.

Because many of the students in the school district receive food items from Manna.

I'm just hopeful we can meet all their requirements in terms of zoning and planning and they can get this building erected as soon as possible."

And Manna says the open lot has exciting appeal.
"It gives us a chance to really design something that would be most efficient and effective to operate in," said Executive Director, Dede Flounlacker.

Should this deal go through it will be some time before anything is built on this land. There will have to be a huge fundraising campaign of a course a blue print made of the building.