Manna House, founded in 1982 for the specific purpose of providing a Christian emergency food and clothing bank to those in need in the Mountain Area, served about 150 families at its Easter giveaway March 28.
Maria Trujillo, shopping for her five children, the oldest of whom is 10, was grateful for the annual event, saying she has no transportation and came to Manna House last Wednesday morning with a friend.
She thanked Manna House for being there to help out her family when her husband, who works seasonally, is unemployed. The children were treated to colorfully wrapped Easter baskets filled with candy and toys.
For Easter meals, there was mashed potato mix, breads, stuffing, and brownie mix, along with something new this year.
“We’ve handed out chickens the last five years, but today we have spiral hams to make an extra-special holiday for the families who signed up for the giveaway,” said Assistant Executive Director Bruce Bartlett. “And look (holding up a can of mushroom soup and package of fried onion rings), we even have ingredients for greenbean casserole. This is the best giveaway we’ve ever had and we hope everyone walks away as happy as we are at being able to provide this food.”
The items primarily came at a discounted cost from Grocery Outlet Bargain Market.
Manna House has been meeting its mission of ministering to those in need with dignity for 36 years. The non-profit organization can be found on Facebook and donations, which are tax deductible, can be made through PayPal.
Details: Manna House, (559) 683-6262.