MANNA ON MAIN STREET – A ST. JOHN’S MISSION PROJECT SINCE 1981 – 606-608 E. MAIN ST., LANSDALE, PA. 215-855-5454 IN THE NORTH PENN COMMONS BUILDING
NOTE: AT THIS TIME, PLEASE TAKE ALL DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO MANNA AT THE ADDRESS ABOVE.
Latest Message from Manna On Main Street –
Updated on May 4, 2020:
As we enter a new month (May) in the midst of COVID-19, we continue to monitor the situation and make changes where appropriate. In addition to other safety measures previously put in place, we decided to close for the first and third Friday of every month for organizing and restocking. This change took effect on May 1, and will continue through at least July.
- We have setup procedures in our lobby to best serve households in need, while abiding by social distancing practices laid out by the CDC.
- In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Order (4/15/20), we are requiring all those who enter Manna to wear a mask.
- We have designated a special hour for high risk and elderly persons. These individuals can come to Manna from 2-3pm, Monday-Friday, and receive priority service for to-go meals and/or groceries.
- A selection of to-go meals and bags of groceries are available in place of our regular sit-down service in Manna’s Kitchen and self-shop system in Manna’s Market. Meals and groceries are available for pickup Monday-Friday, 9-5pm and Saturday-Sunday, 11-12:30pm.
- Please note that meals and groceries will not be distributed on the first and third Friday in May, June and July, and North Penn Commons lobby will be closed.
- Information about To-Go Meals
- To-go meals are available to anyone in need, regardless of location or housing situation.
- To-go meals can be picked up daily.
- Vegetarian to-go meals are available.
- Information about Bagged Groceries
- Our Market currently serves the North Penn School District; however, for the foreseeable future, we will extend that and serve Montgomery County households in need.
- Individuals do not need to sign up in advance or online and are welcome to pick up bags once each week.
- Bags include non-perishable items, produce, dairy, meat and other special items related to family circumstances (Example: diapers and pet food).
- Emergency financial assistance will continue to be available for eligible households in the North Penn School District. To apply for emergency financial assistance, please complete this form at: http://mannaonmain.org/financial-assistance-application/. Any follow up appointments pertaining to this service will be conducted by phone or email. Please note that the turnaround time for requests may take longer than usual. We ask for your patience during this time.
- Manna’s shower services are available to those in need Monday-Friday, 9-5pm.
How You Can Help
- Financial Donation—Financial donations continue to be the best way to support Manna. These types of donations allow us to leverage our purchasing power to provide food for more individuals, including seniors and families with children, in the midst of County closures. Donate online at https://mannaonmain.org/give-money/donate-now/.
- In-Kind Donation—We understand that not everyone is in the position to give a financial donation. Please consider donating items for our grocery bags and bagged meals.
- Donations for grocery bags: Fresh fruit and vegetables, canned fruit, crackers, granola bars and/or diapers (size 5 and 6).
- Donations for to-go meals: Lunch meat, sliced cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fresh fruit, individual cups of yogurt, individual cheese sticks, and/or deli salads (ie, egg, pasta or potato salad). Note: at this time, we are not accepting items that need to be served hot.
- Volunteer—We continue to evaluate our volunteer needs throughout this situation. We currently have set volunteer shifts for limited numbers of people at a time. If you are feeling healthy and not considered especially high risk by the CDC, we would love to have you volunteer with us. Individuals who volunteer with us will be asked to abide by our safety standards. All interested volunteers should email our Volunteer Director, Meg, at [email protected].
BELOW IS THE CURRENT LISTING OF ITEMS NEEDED BY MANNA ON MAIN STREET – YOUR DONATIONS ARE WELCOME ANYTIME! THIS LIST IS ALSO POSTED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND BY THE SHELF FOR DONATIONS IN ST. JOHN’S NARTHEX WHERE YOU MAY DROP OFF ITEMS! THE 2ND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH IS DESIGNATED ‘MANNA SUNDAY’, BUT ITEMS CAN BE DROPPED OFF EVERY WEEK! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF MANNA!
NOTE: DURING THE TIME WHEN OUR ST. JOHN’S BUILDING IS CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PLEASE TAKE YOUR DONATIONS DIRECTLY TO MANNA – 606-608 MAIN STREET RT. 63 IN LANSDALE – THERE IS AN ENTRANCE FROM THE PARKING LOT IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING IN NORTH PENN COMMONS.
Some of us still have an old-school vision of what a ‘soup kitchen’ needs – like canned soup, canned vegetables, etc, but Manna is working to provide more healthy foods to the diverse community that they serve today. Before you shop for Manna, read the list below to see what they really need at this time!
You can drop off food any day of the week! Below are food items that our Market can use this time of year, but if you are holding a food drive, we will accept any and all non-perishables. (updated 06/01/2020)
We are striving to provide healthier options in our Market. Please consider donating low salt/low sugar and whole grain items.
Immediate Needs: Please NO Baby Food, Diapers or Formula as we have an abundance at this time. Please consider the items below instead:
• Fresh Fruit and Veggies
• Canned Fruit
• Instant Mashed Potato’s
• Pancake Mix and Syrup
– Diapers, baby wipes and baby hygiene items (shampoo, lotion, powder) We currently need size 6 and Pull -ups)
– Toilet Paper, Tissues, Paper Towels
– Laundry Detergent
– Razors and deodorant
– Toothpaste (mouthwash alcohol free only)
– Shower gel and Hand Soap
– Feminine Care
– Hair Care Items- Shampoo and Conditioner-Brushes
– Cleaning Products (bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, laundry detergent, dish soap )
– Lotion, Lip Balm, Vaseline
Other foods needed in general (in no particular order):
•Canned Meats (Spam, canned ham, canned seafood )
•Diapers (especially size 5 & 6)
•Spices (salt, pepper, garlic )
•Dried Fruit (raisins, apples, dates )
•Tomato sauce/diced, whole tomatoes
•Pasta varieties Whole Grain and Regular
•Rice Brown and White
•Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo )
•Breakfast Cereals Oatmeal and Pancake Mix
• Dry or Canned Beans, Baked Beans, All other Beans
•Canned Carrots, and other vegetables (we are blessed to have plenty of green beans and corn)
•Special dietary non-perishables: gluten-free and nut-free; low-sodium; heart healthy products
•Fresh Fruit (apples, oranges, potatoes, and other fruit/veg that has a good shelf life)
•Frozen Meats (household size is best, but bulk is ok)
If you are holding a food drive, we will take any and all non-perishable foods, diapers, baby food and formula, personal care items, and pet food. We prefer to not to accept soda, candy and junk food.
To learn more about Manna’s food needs, please contact Britt Peterson: [email protected].
OUR ST. JOHN’S OUTREACH TEAM IS COMMITTED TO THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF MANNA ON MAIN STREET BY THE ST. JOHN’S CONGREGATION THROUGH DONATIONS & PROJECTS!
History: Manna On Main Street began in the basement of St. John’s in 1981 as an idea by our then-pastor Rev. Dr. John Touchberry, who saw a need for a food pantry – soup kitchen in the North Penn community. With the hard work of St. John’s members and others in the community, Manna moved to a small home next to St. John’s for many years, until it moved to 710 W. Main Street. In the Fall of 2016 Manna again moved to the new North Penn Commons on 606-608 East Main Street, which also houses the Y, Peak Center and senior apartments. The people of St. John’s regularly volunteer to help at Manna and we collect food for them year-round with the second Sunday of the month designated as “Manna Sunday”. St. John’s is very proud to have started this organization now supported by the entire community. Manna’s annual Thanksgiving dinner has been held in St. John’s Assembly Hall for many years.
Mission: Manna on Main Street is committed to ending hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service and education needs, and conducting community outreach. Through a food pantry and soup kitchen, emergency financial aid, counseling and referrals, and education opportunities, Manna serves those in need with the hope “that everyone might be fed.”
How To Help: Make a financial contribution and help families in need. Your tax deductible donation will help us feed thousands in our community. Donate online or mail your donation to Manna on Main Street, E. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19446. For more information, please contact Manna’s Program & Development Coordinator, Kristyn DiDominick: [email protected] or 215-855-5454, ext 14. Volunteer! Donate your time to help others in need. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Manna. Manna on Main Street is located at 606-608 E. Main St.(Rt. 63) in Lansdale in the North Penn Commons. (215) 855-5454.
Manna on Main Street is one of the organizations participating in our Alternative Gift Market each November and we collect for their “Hope for the Holidays” program also in November. Watch for other special projects for Manna during the year. Thank you!