Rising costs force Manna into service cut for needy
“FINANCIAL and volunteer difficulties” will force Manna to stop serving meals to the homeless on Sundays after this month.
Tonight, City of Vincent councillors will consider waiving a $4320 Weld Square hire fee to allow the organisation to deliver its services for a further six months.
If passed, after more than 20 years, Manna will reduce its service days from six to five but still from 1.30-2.30pm each day.
The service provides on average 250 meals a day, prepared by volunteers, including soup, main meal, dessert, snacks and water.
Manna co-founder Beverley Lowe, who runs it with her husband John, said skyrocketing costs had impacted the service.
“It costs us more than $2000 every time we open the kitchen with insurance, power, food, petrol; it all costs money and we rely on donations,” she said.
“The decision to stop serving on Sundays was not made lightly.
“And we are now facing the busiest part of the year with Christmas coming, it just gets frantic.”
The Lowes launched a crowd funding page in October with hopes to raise $100,000 that will go to “the purchase of pantry items for Manna to prepare as meals for those in need”.
“This year Manna has experienced a long, hard winter with increasing numbers of families requiring our already exhausted services,” the founders wrote. To date, $1100 has been raised. To donate, go to https://www. gofundme.com/manna-needsyour-help.
Beverley and John Lowe feeding the needy at Weld Square on Friday.