Since 1976, 42 years, Manna Meal, Inc. has made it their mission to feed every person in the Kanawha Valley without questions asked on income, faith or housing.
What first began as a soup kitchen passing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a bowl of soup, has now turned into well-balanced nutritional meals served to over 400 people a day.
The facility which can be found inside St. John’s Episcopal Church downtown Charleston operates seven days a week, 365 days a year.
As 2018 wraps up, board members say big things are in the making for Manna Meal’s future and expansion and one particular meal embodies that.
Tomorrow, Christmas Day, Manna Meal will operate the same as they always have. The Christmas feast consists of pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, veggies, soup, fruits and all kinds of desserts.
But what makes this meal so special is not for it’s smell nor taste, but it’s mark of growth according to organizers.
For the first time ever, Manna Meal staff will have Christmas Day off as their new 2019 roster has soared to roughly 350 volunteers, which board members say is an all-time high.
Manna Meal Executive Director, Tara Martinez said, “it’s wonderful, the outpouring of people that want to come and help us on Christmas Day. They’re taking away time from their families, so it’s really just so heart warming, it’s extraordinary that our community, any time I put a call out, our community comes to us and they give.”
Manna Meal serves breakfast and lunch. Their hours of operation:
Breakfast: 8-9 am, daily
Lunch: M-Sat 11:30 am-1 pm Sunday 12:30-2 pm
Manna Meal is no longer accepting volunteers for Christmas Day as they are full to the max, but if interested in volunteering another time, contact a volunteer coordinator at (304) 345-7121, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org