Food, we all need it to survive, however, many of our central Indiana residents are faced with long commutes to to find nutritious food to feed their families. Per a 2014 study by the USDA, Indianapolis ranks worst in the nation in regards to food deserts, an area lacking in nutritional food options.
The USDA set these guidelines to what a food desert is.
*Citizens rank 200% below the Federal Poverty Guideline
*Residents must travel a mile or more for groceries
The need is there but how do you react to it? Enter Manna Pantry. The Manna Pantry is the brainchild of Minister Shandra Gilbert in an effort to feed the hungry, those without transportation, focusing on families on a monthly basis.
The Pantry is still in it’s infancy and need community support to impact the need in our fair city. The financial undertaking is mind boggling. The food pantry industry in Indianapolis is competitive and The Manna Pantry needs to obtain a 501c3 Tax Status to even begin to compete. According to current research we require $800 for filing the 501c3 paper work, another 1500 to purchase food, and 2700 for supplies and technology.
It seems like a daunting task but through the generosity of our community I know that it can all be accomplished. If God has placed it on your heart to give a GoFundMe has been created to help The Manna Pantry serve the Indianapolis community.
Love and Blessings!