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Manna House needs donations
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Some items appear plentiful on Manna House's shelves, but not overall and never for long. - photo by Photo by Emily Peterson
Manna House, which serves people who have low-incomes, are in transition periods or have recently become unemployed, is in need of donations.
The Rev. Katrina Deason, who has been the director of Manna House since 2001, said they have been experiencing exploding numbers recently.
“I know that a lot of it is tied to the deployment. You’ve also got those who are working hourly jobs and if their hours are cut, they turn into the “working poor.” We’ve been averaging 600 people a month for the past two years. We saw an incline going up to 700, but last month we served 891 individuals,” she said.
There are certain items that Manna House cannot seem to keep on its shelves, including peanut butter, cereal, and shelf stable milk. These are several of the items that are usually the first to go. Manna House is also in need of jelly, soup, spaghetti sauces and canned goods.
Deason said that through America’s Second Harvest, Manna House is able to buy food at 18 to 30 cents a pound, depending on what it is.  
“While we appreciate donations of food, we also greatly appreciate monetary donations because we are able to buy so much more,” she said.
Tammy Stewart, head of the volunteers at Manna House, said contributions are always welcome, and noted the local churches do what they can to help out.
“It would be good to have drives for specific items, like peanut butter and shelf stable milk, to ensure that we will have enough of those items. But of course we will accept any donations that people can make,” Stewart said.
Deason noted Manna House has a program called Kids Café that delivers, free of charge, food to low-income children in Raintree Apartments and Regency Park Apartments. She also noticed an increase in demand for this program.
“We were averaging about 100 meals a day, with 60 going to Raintree and 40 going to Regency. We’re up to 150 meals a day now,” Deason said.
Manna House is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who would like to make a contribution or donation may visit during those hours or make an appointment for after hours by calling 368-3660.  
“We appreciate everything the community does to help us,” Deason said.

Specific items needed:
• Peanut butter
• Shelf stable milk
• Jelly
• Soup
• Cereal
• Spaghetti sauce
• Canned goods
• Boxed dinners, such as Hamburger Helper
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