BENEFITING: MANNA CONEJO VALLEY FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER INC
Manna is an independent food pantry in Thousand Oaks that provides food to hundreds every month! Chris and I believe it is important to give back to our community and have been involved with Manna for some years now volunteering our time and money. While working, I organized quite a few Bank of America Community Volunteer can sorting events with great support from my co-workers/friends! Its current location is a small place that was opened by neighbors to help fellow neighbors. Chris and I have been focused on supporting them, including for our wedding, we asked all to bring a bag of food/make a donation for Manna in lieu of gifts. Now that I'm retired, I have been spending more time volunteering at the pantry and as a committee chair. Manna recently purchased a beautiful 3000sq ft building just blocks up the street - 4 times larger than the current pantry. Now the work starts to convert this building into an efficient food pantry. Below are all the details. I'm asking you as a friend, to help make this dream a reality. Please help me support Manna even more by making a donation to help us raise the funds needed to make Manna bigger and better. We'll be able to feed more neighbors, more often and with dignity and compassion. Please keep reading below...
MANNA CONEJO wrote -
A New Home for Manna
After a thoughtful strategic planning process to consider how best to meet the growing demand for Manna’s services, the Board of Directors announced its exciting decision to move Manna’s operations to a larger facility. Manna is purchasing the Church property at 95 Oakview Drive, just off Thousand Oaks Boulevard, about one mile from Manna’s current home. It is a 3,056 square-foot building on a 13,000 square-foot lot that, after remodel, will allow Manna to create:
• A comfortable and inviting client intake and waiting area.
• On-site storage and inventory management for highly variable food stock and selections.
• Pantry shelving that allows for efficient client flow.
• Covered, secure food delivery area.
• Commercial cold storage.
• Staff office space.
• Classroom/conference space for volunteer trainings, client cooking classes and safe and board meetings.
Manna’s new home will significantly broaden and strengthen the food insecurity safety net for the vulnerable in our community. With a facility that is four times larger than our current space and offers vastly improved access, we will be able to:
• Double the frequency of food distribution to pantry clients from once to twice per month.
• Extend pantry distribution days and hours to accommodate clients who work.
• Serve more clients in the pantry at any given time.
• Reduce stress and support the dignity of our clients with shorter waiting times and an environment that is sensitive to their emotional as well as basic needs.
• Reach out to those who are unable to access the food pantry through mobile food distribution.
• Attract more volunteers and partners like the National Charity League and the Girl Scouts to support our vital work.