The Hunger Problem
In our affluent community, hunger is an especially complex issue. Hunger is prevalent yet often goes unnoticed, and its prevalence remains steadily on the rise.
Every day, Manna strives to end our county’s hunger problem. Collecting and distributing food is a mainstay of our work. However, shifting the atmosphere surrounding hunger also calls for advocacy and education, for participants and community leaders alike.
In our affluent community, hunger is an especially complex issue. Hunger is prevalent yet often goes unnoticed…
At Manna, we serve all residents who do not meet our county’s self-sufficiency standard, which is defined by the hourly wage needed to meet basic needs without additional assistance. For example, a single mother with one child in high school and another in elementary school would need to earn $43.21 an hour, while the local minimum wage ranges from $13.00-14.00 per hour, depending on the size of the employer’s business.
As hunger and food insecurity grows, so does the complexity of our work. Although designated the official food bank of the county, Manna cannot serve as a standalone force in the fight against hunger, and our strategy has reflects our spirit of collaboration. We proactively share donors, volunteers and participants. We leverage our reputation to mobilize county-wide solutions. And we coordinate work to be systematically efficient.
Manna’s approach – and our results – are unrivaled within the hunger relief community. Manna values our reputation for being a thought leader, and we faithfully work to merit this standing. We press ourselves to innovate and will not stop until ending hunger becomes a reality, not a slogan.
Check out the progress we’re making by visiting our Impact page.