Manna

From what began as the simple act of feeding a few homeless people in a park, Manna has grown to become one of the largest providers of meals for disadvantaged people here in Perth.

Along the way we have seen other needs that we knew had to be addressed and so began our School Breakfast Program, Winter School Uniform program, the School Cooking Facility, Special functions for Seniors, as well as hundreds of food hampers during the festive season.

The more contact we have with the community, the more we see that there is a greater need for the services we can offer.

Whilst all of these different programs are meeting the physical needs of many people, the greatest gift that Manna gives is a sense of family – love, care, respect, – a smile and hug. For many we come in contact with, from the children right through to the seniors, a hug that comes free of any expectations we have found to be worth more than gold.   A relationship is formed and they become part of the Manna family… for many the only family they have right now that can be trusted to look out for their well being.

“From feeding a few homelessness people in the park to one of the largest providers of meals for disadvantaged people in Perth.”

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Bev Lowe

The Founders

Beverley Lowe grew up in a small South Australian town where her mother ran a laundromat and her father was a violent alcoholic.   The police stepped in to help Bev’s mother leave her father, and Bev and her brother were flown to Adelaide to live with their grandparents.   It was at her grandmother’s boarding house that Bev first learned to cook.

At the age of 10, Bev had the resolve for two things: to never drink alcohol and to give the world her love because she had “never felt loved”.

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John Lowe

John Lowe was born in the UK and came to Australia to train in agriculture at the age of 16.   Bev and John met and married in Darwin in 1976.   They farmed together, parented together and served their community together.   In 1982 they received the news that their son had hearing problems.   He required specialised educational support so they moved to Perth to access the better facilities.   Both Bev and John continued to work in the disability sector and established a Deaf Signing Choir.

Our History

In 1996, Bev and John Lowe, two retired farmers drove past a group of homeless people gathered under a tree at an inner city park on a rainy cold winters afternoon on the way to friends.  On their way home some hours later they noticed the people still there.    Bev turned to John and said “Let’s go home and make them soup.”

This humble act of kindness was the beginning of Manna which has grown over the years.    Today Manna provides hot ‘n’ healthy meals six nights a week at that same inner city park to up to 250 people with the numbers growing.

In 2001, on finding out that there were children in Perth that were coming to school without breakfast, the School Breakfast Program was commenced.   This project aims to provide a substantial breakfast 5 days per week for the 40 weeks of the school year.   In 2011, Manna started its first high school breakfast program with great success.

When the School Breakfast Program began it came to Manna’s attention that children were not only coming to school hungry, but also cold and wet because of lack of suitable clothing during the winter months. Manna’s response to this was the launch of the Winter School Uniform Program in 2008.   Since its inception, over 3,000 uniforms have been supplied to students in over 40 schools.

In 2010 another project debuted at Maddington Primary School. An existing canteen that was not being used was gutted and refitted as a purpose-built cooking facility.   It now houses the school canteen, the Breakfast Club, as well as the new kitchen where students and family members are taught to cook easy nutritious meals.

In recent years, Manna has also started providing meals to other charities including Shopfront and Emmaus.

In 2011, Manna began its special functions for seniors with a Christmas lunch for over 130 seniors.  These numbers have grown to nearly 150 seniors at the each luncheon.

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“Throughout Manna’s history, we have provided thousands of food parcels to families and pensioners in need.”

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Manna News
Clontarf helps out in the Kitchen
18th Aug 2016

Our thanks to the boys from the Clontarf Academy for helping out in the Kitchen last week and on several previous occasions. Lolo, the Manna Kitchen co-ordinator, was very grateful…

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