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Rotary Clubs, Manna join forces to fight hunger

Manna Food Pantries warehouse at Tarragona and Gonzalez streets in downtown Pensacola.

On Saturday all Rotary Clubs from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will join together with Manna Food Pantries to fight hunger in Northwest Florida.

The fourth annual “Rotary Against Hunger” service project involves 12 Rotary Clubs that have committed more than $25,000 to create about 16,000 food packets for those in need.

The result will be 97,000 meals that the Combined Rotary of Pensacola will donate to Manna for distribution to in the two-county area. Some 300 Rotarians are expected to volunteer for the project.

“The Rotary Against Hunger project has become a critical part of our ability to meet the needs of the hungry throughout the year in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties,” said Manna Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker. “This project provides much needed food during the winter and early spring when donations are always low, and need is always high.”

Last year, Manna provided assistance to 32,686 people, including 11,740 children.

“These are your neighbors and mine – folks who are the working poor, grandparents raising their grandchildren, moms and dads who do not have enough money to pay their bills and buy food for their family,” Flounlacker said.

Ed Carson, chairman of the Rotary Against Hunger project, said the effort is a way for members to exemplify the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

“By teaming up with Manna, we can insure that these meals will be distributed in a manner that will serve the needs of many families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties” Carson said.