MANNA nourishes neighbors fighting for their lives


Do you have a tough time finding the time to cook for yourself? Then you’ll really appreciate what it takes to cook one million meals a year!

In Philadelphia, MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.  

Three meals a day. Seven days a week. 52 weeks a year. Free of charge.

The CEO of MANNA, Sue Daugherty, told FOX 29, “At MANNA we are all about food is medicine. We provide therapeutic meals to, right now, about 1,200 of our neighbors who are fighting the fight for their lives.” 

A recent study by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning showed that clients of MANNA reported increased energy, improved weight, better tolerance of medication and less stress over preparing meals.

However, the 36 staff members of MANNA aren’t nearly enough to accomplish this. Fortunately there are 4,200 volunteers each year that step up to help their community and do good -- making a difference one meal at a time. 


“People who have health issues, a lot of times it’s so hard to get energy for any little thing, let alone cook and nourish yourself,” explained volunteer Siyeda Daniels. Watch the video to see the love that makes this food so special. 

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