The Manna House in need of help from the Florence community
The Manna House has been serving meals to the community for over 31 years. The first meal was served on July 4, 1987.
The Manna House, located on Jarrott Street, provides a breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, to anyone who is hungry and in need.
The Manna House not only is known for serving nutritious food but also for the staff and volunteers making it a priority to respond to diners with acceptance, respect and dignity.
The Manna House was founded in 1986 when several area churches decided that Florence needed a centralized, coordinated way to help feed the poor in this community. The current facility was designed by the late Architect John A. Fisher, who not only donated his design services, but also his time to oversee the construction of the building.
Food is graciously donated by individuals, churches and civic groups, some of which organize food drives or fund raisers to support this cause.
Daphine Tedder, executive director, says The Manna House is blessed with faithful volunteers from churches and civic groups, as well as individuals who donate their time and talents to help prepare and serve food, work in the food pantry or help with donation pickups.
One of the greatest needs that The Manna House is currently in need of is monetary donations. Tedder mentions that the building itself has bills that need to be paid in order to keep everything operating smoothing.
Another need is for more volunteers and food donations as well. The further growth of the homelessness population in Florence combined with school being out for the summer has resulted in an increase in diners at the Manna House.
Monetary contributions and donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 13541, Florence 29504.
Daphine may be contacted at 843-667-6077 for volunteer services or food donations.