M ANNA provides meal delivery service to elderly, homebound, and disabled individuals in the Gadsden Etowah County Area. Our purpose it to meet the nutritional needs of those who are unable to provide an adequate meal for themselves. Although our services are similar to the federal program Meals on Wheels, we are a locally funded organization. We receive about seventy-five percent of our funding through contributions by local churches and other organizations. We receive funding from the City Development Block Grants through the City of Gadsden, Federal Emergency Management Agency and United Way of Etowah County.
The Board of Directors is composed local people such as former educators, business owners, and medical professionals who lend their expertise to enrich the community. They are responsible for utilizing their community connections to further the MANNA mission.
Through the weekly deliveries, our volunteer develop special and sometimes lifelong relationships with clients.
The MANNA program is much more than just a meal delivery service. Our program allows seniors to stay in their homes, maintaining their independence and peace of mind. Daily checks by a MANNA driver allow monitoring for potential problems, such as falls and other accidents.
We provide our volunteers with a contact number to call the client if the volunteer is unable to get them to the door. We also have system in place that if a client is in need of medical attention, the volunteer can contact office staff and we will contact a relative or family friend designated as an emergency contact.