In 2012 MANNA was able to help over 2,100 neighbors battling a life-threatening illness in nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Here is what a few MANNA clients have to say:
“MANNA is truly food from heaven…The food that was so lovingly prepared and delivered to me was nourishment not only for my body but also for my mind and spirit.” Immy F.
“Being a part of the MANNA community does not just mean meals.It means that the hands and hearts of hundreds of volunteers put their well wishes and kindness and love into the outreach, planning, preparation and delivery of meals.This is true nourishment that feeds the body, mind and Spirit! This is nourishment that heals.” Michelle M.
“I am cancer free, the meal services really were a life saver, and I gained weight and kept my strength up. I can make it on my own now. Thank you, MANNA.” David
“Thank you very much for helping me through my medical issues. You know your job well, and have helped with what I should and should not eat. Other people have been giving me confusing information.” Todd
“I came home [from the hospital] and my family couldn’t figure out how to fix my food. I would have dialysis on Saturday and by the time I went back on Tuesday, I’d gained 20 pounds. Now I’m on MANNA’s renal diet and I’m only gaining 2-3 pounds. It’s much easier to tolerate the treatment…. I tell everyone how the food has helped me. I don’t have to take diabetes medicine or blood pressure pills anymore… I’ve increased my energy… The correct nutrition saved my life.” Bruce
“It’s not that we can’t afford the food… I can’t get to the store. There are days when all I can do is lie on the couch because I’m so sick. If not for the MANNA meals, I don’t know what we’d do.” Valia
“You go far beyond delivering nourishing meals. You also deliver smiles, kindness and pleasant words. I do not just receive physical nourishment from MANNA, my spirit is also nourished because of your unselfish kindness… You have put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving, joy in my heart and a smile on my face. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.“ Steven
“Sometimes fear and loneliness would get the bestof me. Then the MANNA volunteer would arrive with my meals and we would talk and I knew I wasn’t alone in my battle.” Karen F.
“All of your people have been SO kind, understanding, and caring – those who deliver – and each one I’ve spoken to on the phone. That means so much to me, because I never thought I’d ever be in this position. I’ve always loved helping others. So this is new to me. Could you please pass this card around – or post it where ALL your people could read it? I’d like them ALL to be reminded just how much their hard work and donations are blessing others! May God bless EACH ONE of you richly, for your part!” A Client
“Since I’ve been eating your meals I no longer feel a need or desire to snack at night! So I KNOW you are doing my body a LOT of good! My physical problems are still the same – but maybe over time I’ll have improvements. And your Thanksgiving Day meal was SO overwhelming! It reminded me of when I used to be able to roast a big turkey myself, years ago! I was all choked up as I ate! For six weeks now, I’ve been receiving your WONDERFUL meals! MUCH more healthy, balanced meals than I’ve been able to manage for myself.” Marie
“My most favorite meal is the red beans and rice and collard greens with the fish that is always battered and spiced to perfection! My favorite dessert is all of you for doing a wonderful job. Give my regards to the staff and all the volunteers who make MANNA so very special to me. Thank you for being a part of my life!” Xavier
“I receive MANNA meals every week – thank you very much. This note is the thank you for such a lovely Thanksgiving Day meal. It was wonderful, thank you for caring. I was able to share with a friend who was alone. God Bless!” Barbara
“I am a single woman who lives alone. I had a recurrence of breast cancer to my liver & bones. I began MANNA’s breast cancer pilot program in January of 2006. I enjoyed the meals and the fact that I didn’t have to worry about cooking after work. Deliveries included everything from breakfast to snacks, and always include Ensure & fruit. In March, an MRI showed 4 spots on my brain which necessitated radiation & steroids. By May, I was having a very hard time keeping my work week. I hardly had any energy, felt sick daily, stopped working out at the gym and could not even think about going to a grocery store. (I could barely drive myself back and forth to work.)
The MANNA program was my gift from heaven. For a few weeks I could only eat the soups & drink the Ensure. The dinners were stored in my freezer. But by late August, my energy levels increased with the weaning of the steroids and the fact that the food was right there in front of me. NO EXCUSE FOR NOT EATING! I could come home from work and just rest knowing that I had meals at home. Just heat and eat. The food was a life-line for me!
Now my energy level is almost back to normal and I am enjoying the full dinners again. If it weren’t for MANNA, I know I wouldn’t be this far along with my energy and blood counts. I would have chosen not to eat rather than go out and try to navigate a grocery store, bring the food home and decide each night what to make! The ready-made meals are the key. They are nutritiously prepared & well balanced as well as adjusted to individual diet concerns and can be microwaved in a matter of minutes. In addition, I think it important to add that counselors are available to help with nutrition questions, or to take food suggestions from us.” A letter from Karen, a MANNA client