LOWE AND BEHOLD, IT’S MANNA
SINCE 1996 one retired couple has been working hard to make sure the hungry and homeless in the community don’t go without a hot meal.
And as the Christmas season approaches, their sense of charity only becomes stronger.
Beverley and John Lowe have been married for more than 40 years, and for half that time they have been building Manna, their non-for-profit organisation in Victoria Park.
Manna has grown from just one pot of homemade soup to what it is today – an organisation with over 200 volunteers and four staff, feeding up to 300 homeless people a day.
It also provides over 100,000 school children with breakfast a year, gives Christmas food hampers to the less fortunate and more. How did it start? “We passed a park one night and I noticed people sitting there, and after five hours they were still there so I said to John ‘let’s go home and make soup’,” Mrs Lowe said.
“Then more and more people starting coming, and in the process we found out school children were also hungry so we started feeding them too.”
Every day Manna provides the hungry with a three-course meal of homemade soup, a main meal, a dessert and often a treat.
Mr and Mrs Lowe and their hardworking team of employees and volunteers will be working hard to ensure the homeless and less fortunate have the Christmas they deserve.
“To us, Christmas means giving,” Mrs Lowe said.
“We generally feed 250 a day, but we’ll be feeding up to 350 over the Christmas period a day.”
On top of the daily meals, Manna will make up to 500 Christmas hampers for struggling families and up to 350 hampers for the homeless.
For information on how to donate visit www.manna.org.au.