Manna started in September 2008 to provide meals to people in the Nicholasville area for free. On average, 150 people come to the church every Saturday to eat and fellowship with others. About 120 volunteers from surrounding churches and organizations give their time throughout the month to participate in serving others through Manna, making this a true community ministry.
Manna’s meals are well balanced meals such as meatloaf, baked chicken and hearty casseroles and soups. The meals are also served restaurant style with wonderful conversations during the meal. The meal is offered to anyone in the community that wants a hot meal or warm fellowship.
Manna serves meals every Saturday. Want to learn more? Come out and have lunch with us one Saturday! Doors open at 11am.
Why a Free Meal Program is Needed
The need in Jessamine County is evident. There are over 600 families who qualify for a God’s Pantry free food box each month. That need is expected to double, or even triple.
In the Jessamine County School system, over 50% of the students receive free and reduced lunches.
Saturdays have been chosen for several reasons. Children receive meals at school Monday through Friday, but the weekends are a time of need. Working individuals and families would not be able to attend a mid-day meal during the week.