Working with partners like Manna, who provide food to neighbors experiencing hunger in Durango and throughout Southwest Colorado, is a great reminder of why we do what we do. The team at Manna has recently transformed its original soup kitchen concept to now include a no-cost market and other wrap-around services.
“Our mission at Manna is to provide nourishing meals to the community,” said Seanan Culloty, Executive Chef at Manna. “And when the COVID-19 pandemic first started, we decided to take the time to revamp and remodel when it comes to what Manna looks like and what our goals are.”
The market is stocked full of fresh produce and shelf-stable products – many of which are provided by Care and Share. Neighbors simply sign in and choose the food they’d like to take home. Manna also has a kitchen where volunteers and staff prepare meals for neighbors to enjoy, either at home or with other neighbors.
“I want people to feel safe [when they visit Manna], like they are a part of something,” Seanan told us.
Manna serves people from all walks of life, including people who are unhoused or those living paycheck to paycheck. And they don’t just provide food! Neighbors can also access a variety of other resources, from on-site showers to assistance acquiring IDs, bus passes, clothing vouchers, and housing.
“Everyone is welcome here,” added Seanan. “And I think people in the community see that.”