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Angels in Our Midst (Manna Food Pantries)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Judy Coe, Manna Food Pantries Volunteer;  "I was looking for some kind of volunteer but something that was a change of pace from what I'd done before."

A change of pace is exactly what Judy Coe found when she answered the call for volunteers at Manna Food Pantries 10 years ago.  

Judy;  "And I thought, well, that's something that I think is real important in the community; that people have enough to eat."
 
And the numbers of people who need her help just to have something to eat,  is staggering.

DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director;  "In the last 12 months, 38,825 people who have found their way to Manna to receive help; to get one week's worth of groceries to help them eat."

13 % of those are over age 56; "38" % are under age 18  somebody's children

Judy;  "Could be your neighbor's child."
DeDe;   "We're talking about folks who look like you and me.  They're our neighbors literally; people who are underemployed, people who are unemployed.  And they're mothers and fathers and grandparents."

Judy has volunteered in almost every capacity at Manna; from sorting, to stocking shelves and bagging groceries.  Working with in-take, she saw firsthand the anguish of poverty and hunger.

Judy; "For a family to, that just stays on the edge from one week to the next, it just creates a tremendous amount of strain and anxiety within the family and it's hard for kids to learn in that kind of situation.  It's hard for moms and dads."
   
That's why it hurts to see the shelves bare at Manna.  Judy says whether it's donating money, a can of soup or your time; it all makes a difference for those who are struggling for something as basic as food.

Judy;  "I think it's easy for everybody to get caught up in their own life, especially now but, there's always somebody that's worse off."
   
Angels In Our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

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