Manna for Health is a special needs food program that strives to meet the unique needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. Among the differences between Manna and other food banks are the availability of protein rich foods and a home delivery service for clients unable to travel to Manna for service. Clients are received by referral only.
Manna for Health is an outreach ministry of St. John’s United Church. The special needs food bank was founded by Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church in 1996. When Safe Harbour closed in 2011, St. John’s United Church brought Manna for Health under its umbrella.
To offer special needs food assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses
To serve clients safely, respectfully and confidentially
To provide for the sustainability of this service by liaising with community stakeholders
Manna for Health is a member agency of Feed Nova Scotia, operated entirely by volunteers. ISCANS has supported Manna from the beginning. ISCANS members raise funds through community events and shows. St. John's members volunteer, donate food and funds and raise funds to support Manna. The annual Rev. Darlene Young Memorial Christmas Dinner has raised funds for Manna through a free will offering since 1991. The Scotia Bank AIDS Walk for Life donates 60% of monies raised by the Manna Team. ACE Bakery had supported Manna with generous discretionary grants from 2009—2012; however, funding was not renewed for 2013 or 2014.
Manna for Health funds are kept separate from St. John’s general accounts. Monies donated to Manna go directly to Manna to buy food, bus tickets, personal hygiene products, to cover rent and telephone service and other costs to keep the food bank running. When you donate to Manna 100% of your gift goes to serve Manna clients.
Manna for Health is grateful for generous support from the church and Rainbow communities and from the general public