Clontarf helps out in the Kitchen


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 for your continuing help and support.

This support helps Manna to continue it’s growing support for the Homeless and disadvantaged in Western Australia.

The Manna Kitchen is open 6 days a week, every week, and prepares 250 main meals every day along with a soup and a dessert.   These meals are prepared fresh every day and are provided free to the Homeless and disadvantaged families.

The Manna Board thanks Nicki McKenzie


After 4-years as Operations Manager and more recently inaugural CEO of Manna Inc, Mrs Nicki McKenzie is leaving Manna Inc to return to private employment.

In her time at Manna Inc, Nicki oversaw many positive changes and advancements in Manna’s operations.   She has assisted the organisation to achieve sustainability, launched two major annual fundraising events, implemented many corporate volunteering opportunities and worked with the Manna board to create and administer the organisation’s strategic plan.

Nicki has greatly raised the public profile of Manna Inc and fostered many valuable connections with donors, supporters and volunteers. She has been instrumental in strengthening Manna to become the organisation that it is today, and enabled it to experience growth despite difficult economic conditions.

The board sincerely thanks Nicki for her valuable and dedicated contributions to Manna Inc during her tenure and wishes her the very best for her future.

WA Newspapers 6th August 2016

An article about Manna from the West Australian Newspaper on Saturday 6th, August 2016

Docker shares warmth with needy

WAN – Saturday, 6 Aug 2016 – Page 28

Over six seasons at Fremantle, Jon Griffin has had plenty of offers from other clubs pledging more game time.

Each time, ruckman Aaron Sandilands’ perennial understudy has declined and signed a new deal with the Dockers.

His WA-based family played a big part but surprisingly, for a player who did not even make the squad for tomorrow’s western derby, Griffin said coach Ross Lyon’s influence on his life had always been the deciding factor. “That’s one of the great things about Ross. His philosophy is not just making a footballer but making a great person as well,” he said.

That desire, encouraged by Lyon, to become more than just a footballer led to Griffin’s involvement with WA charity Manna, which provides daily hot meals and warm clothes to homeless and disadvantaged people.

He first got involved a year ago as part of a club initiative but has returned at least once a month since, giving up his day off to lend a hand.

“I think people can get caught up in their own little fishbowl and try to forget,” Griffin said.

“Like my grandfather used to say, ‘They have the blinkers on’ .

“A lot of homelessness, one of the major contributors is domestic violence, which is really sad.”

At Domain Stadium tomorrow (Sunday, 7th August 2016) fans can donate winter clothes, sleeping bags, beanies, scarves and blankets as part of a “share the warmth” campaign to help the needy survive cold nights.

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July Newsletter to Manna Volunteers

July 2016 —- Newsletter for Volunteers

An update from Nicki McKenzie (Manna CEO)

It’s hard to believe that it is the beginning of another financial year, so much has been going on. To that matter where have the past four years gone!

I still remember my first day volunteering in the Manna kitchen with Penny’s Tuesday team all those years ago. It was a much smaller kitchen and some days you could arrive to be told that we had no hot plates due to a blown fuse which we couldn’t change, but we somehow still managed to get the meal out on time. After attending the AGM in early 2012 I decided that I wanted to get more involved.

Like everyone else I had been truly inspired by Bev and John’s story so I asked Bev and John when they wanted to retire. My goal was to do what I could to make Manna sustainable so that when the day came, Bev and John could retire knowing that Manna would be around for many years to come. This seemed to be a better use of my skill-set.

………. Our amazing founders Bev and John

I soon began working very closely with the Manna Board and even served on the Board for a period of time. Through this process, I grew a greater appreciation for the amazing programs that Manna was offering to the community and the dedication and direction of the Board.

Manna’s Board members and the volunteer work they do mostly goes unseen. The Board ensures that Manna abides by our Constitution and complies with the governance standards required by the Australian Charities Not-for-profits Commission. Over the past three years the Board has grown stronger with the addition of members with specific skills and expertise.

You can go to our website HERE to read the Annual Report

Bev and John had begun something truly amazing and we need to make sure that Manna is around for future generations.

………. Celebrating 20 years

It was brilliant to be a part of Manna’s 20th Birthday celebrations at the Thank You Evening in March when we also celebrated Bev’s 75th birthday.

At Homeless for a Night (HFAN), we had nearly 500 supporters also celebrate 20 years of serving the local community with us and only a few days later, on the 19th of May, we were joined by our wonderful volunteers and corporate supporters for a Thank You Afternoon Tea. It really was a crazy time of celebrations.

In the past four years, being inspired by Bev and John and with the assistance of hundreds of amazing volunteers, wonderful staff and the Manna Board, it is safe to say that Manna has grown and there have been noticeable changes.

………. Maintaining and Expanding our Services

In 2011 Manna provided 78,000 meals to the homeless and disadvantaged, ran School Breakfast Programs in 12 schools, distributed 619 Winter Uniform Packs to children in 30 schools and distributed 1,200 food hampers to 800 families in need. There were no staff and needless to say Bev and John were very busy. The income in the Annual Report that year was $160,488 (all figures taken from the Annual Report)

Fast forward four years. We are continually inspired by Bev and John and it is wonderful to watch people’s reactions as they listen to how Manna began and where we are now. Bev often says that they never imagined that Manna would ever grow this big.

Manna now have:

* Four full time and one-part time staff members

* Our own office with everything that we need (although more space would always be welcome)

* A wonderful kitchen (although I do wonder how long it will be until we outgrow it)

* Two successful major events each year in Homeless for a Night and the High Tea.

* Last November our High Tea raised $50,000 for our Winter School Uniform Program

* This year at Homeless For a Night we raised $183,000 for our Hot ‘n’ Healthy Meals Program

* Corporate Volunteering Programs were introduced and continue to develop

* Information Evenings which are held monthly for new volunteers (these began due to the large number of enquiries as Manna became more well-known. At the moment we receive well over 100 enquiries monthly)

* A wonderful assortment of volunteers who generously volunteer their skills and time in the kitchen, in IT, in Admin, in specialty areas such as Graphic Design, photography, governance and so much more (we are very lucky)

* Increased support from the wider community both in food and monetary donations

* Increased support from the corporate sector (although that has become a little tougher in today’s current market)

* A wonderful new looking website which is regularly updated

* A Gift Card program for Uniforms, Hampers and Meals

* Workplace Giving Program (which will be expanded in the coming months)

* Introduction of the Manna Schools Network which is instilling the work that Manna does and raising awareness of homelessness in our local schools (currently 15 schools are participating with this number growing every month)

* Manna vehicle fleet now increased to five after a second Transit van was delivered to the kitchen this week thanks to a wonderful grant and generous corporate supporters

* Patron, Dr Ros Worthington, OAM

* A Strategic Plan to ensure the future of Manna

………. The Future

Where to now?

Manna will always assist the homeless and struggling people of Perth and hopefully always at Weld Square which is where Manna began 20 years ago.

We are currently working with the City of Belmont, Phosphate Resources and the Western Australian Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to obtain a piece of government land and have a custom designed building constructed which will become the Home of Manna. It is not going to happen overnight but it will happen.

Once we have our Home and we are comfortably set up then we will be able to expand on our programs. In the future we will focus on expanding our programs in our schools and with youth, looking at ways which we can prevent homelessness. Hopefully the children of today, who are learning about the issues associated with homelessness through the Manna Schools Network, will become leaders for their generation, bringing about change in society and providing assistance in alleviating homelessness in the future.

None of this could be possible without our amazing volunteers who serve the community so tirelessly every week. Your dedication and passion to make a difference is truly admirable.

Lastly, thank you to our Founders, Bev and John, who continue to share the Manna story and inspire people far and wide to assist those less fortunate than themselves.

I wonder where Manna will be at the end of the next four years!

Nicki McKenzie
Manna CEO


June 2016 Newsletter

Homeless for a Night

Homeless for a Night 2016 was a huge success thanks to Manna’s many wonderful supporters who either registered and fundraised or donated money, services or products to our event. We would also like to say a special thank you to our Major Sponsor – Jason Windows.

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Homeless for a Night (May 2016)


The Homeless for a Night Fundraiser was held in May ... thanks to everyone for your support

Homeless for a Night (May 2016)

We hit a new record of 514 registrations together with our first Homeless for a Night at Home option available for those who weren’t able to physically be with us on the night. Together we raised an amazing $183,000, which will provide 36,600 meals to the homeless and struggling people of Perth this winter. As Manna receives no government funding, Homeless for a Night is vital for sustaining our Hot ‘n’ Healthy meals program.

It was a great night with us being spoilt with entertainment by Rebecca and Neil McCann, the Balga Senior High School Performing Arts students, the Matt Cal and Chris Parkinson duo and Phil Walley-Stack, who was also kind enough to MC the evening for us. This year we also had our first Kids Corner, providing craft activities for our young and young at heart sleepers and also the UWA activity areas with participants being entertained with games such as giant jenga. The Silent Disco returned with DJ Michelle providing some fun tunes to end the night with a bigger party than previous years.

On the night it was great to have Bev and John, Manna’s amazing Founders, help us celebrate our 20th birthday.

Homeless for a Night wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers involved. From those who helped with the planning and organising in the lead up to the day to those who assisted during the event, we wouldn’t have been able to make this event the triumph it was without you.

For those who slept out with us – yes it did get cold and uncomfortable but this was just for one night, unlike those who have no choice and sleep rough every night.

We hope to see you all back next year for Homeless for a Night 2017.

School Breakfast Program


Manna’s school breakfast program runs in 20 schools across the metropolitan area.

We currently have sponsorship opportunities available for businesses, foundations and individuals.

For further information on how you can get involved, please email our CEO, Nicki McKenzie, at

Manna Turns 20
Celebrating 20 years of Feeding the Homeless on the 19th May 2016

Celebrating 20 years of Feeding the Homeless in May 2016

On the 18th May Manna celebrated our 20th year of feeding the homeless.

Bev, John, Lolo, Susan and some of our amazing volunteers were joined at the park by many of our friends to celebrate with a wonderful lunch. It was great to see familiar faces amongst the newer ones.

Bev and John also hosted a birthday celebration on 19 May for our volunteers. It was a great opportunity for the team to come together, relax and celebrate this wonderful achaivement.

Thank you to everyone who has played their part in keeping Manna and our Hot ‘n’ Healthy Meal Program, School Breakfast Program and Winter School Uniform Program going over the years. Manna certainly is the local community supporting the local community.

Senior’s Lunch
One of the Seniors Luncheons

Seniors Luncheon

It was great to have P&N Bank join us at Manna for our Senior’s Ladies Day Lunch.

The hall was transformed into a beautiful dining room with splashed of hot pink on the tables. The senior citizens in attendance were spoilt and served an amazing meal which was cooked by the P&N Bank volunteers with the help of our Kitchen Coordinator, Lolo, and School Breakfast Coordinator, Susan.

A special thank you to Karen who gives so much of her time to help organise the Senior’s Lunches and arranges the corporate volunteers for the day. To all those who were involved on the day – thank you for giving of your time to make this such a memorable lunch for our guests.

Winter Warmer Drive
HELP ... We need Socks, Jumpers, Jackets and Blankets .... contact us

HELP … We need Socks, Jumpers, Jackets and Blankets …. contact us

Winter has well and truly hit Perth.

If you have any warm jumpers, jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, scarves, new pairs of warm socks or shoes in good condition which you could spare, we’d love for you to be part of our Winter Warmer Drive.

Donations can be brought to our kitchen, located at 5 Mackie Street, Victoria Park, on weekdays between 9am and 4:30pm.

Donations will then go straight out to the park for distribution. We’ll continue to collect warm items until the end of August.

Information Evenings

January 2016

Our next information evenings will be held on Monday, 27 June and 25 July at 6pm.

Come and hear about Manna, meet our founders Bev and John Lowe and learn more about how you can get involved.

To register your interest, email Sarah at

Make the most of this financial year. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Homeless for a Night

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One of our major annual fundraising events “Homeless for a Night” is being held on Saturday, 14th May 2016.
Click Here for full details of the event
"Homeless for a Night" 2016 Fundraiser on Saturday, 14th May 2016 .... can you help us ?

“Homeless for a Night” 2016 Fundraiser on Saturday, 14th May 2016 …. can you help us ?

Newsletter January 2016

2016 —-> Celebrating 20 Years of Manna

In 2016, Manna is celebrating it’s 20th year of feeding the Homeless and helping disadvantaged Western Australians.   Founded by Bev and John Lowe in 1996 this has been an amazing journey (and it continues).   More details on celebrations to mark the occasion will be announced in our next newsletter.   Check our website HERE for the full story of Manna.

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John and Bev

Festive Roster

Thank you to the amazing effort from the many volunteers who donated their time to keep Manna’s Hot ‘n’ Healthy Meals service for the homeless and disadvantaged running over the Festive Season.  It was great to see so many new and old faces in our kitchen.

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Volunteers in the Kitchen during the Festive Season

Thank You to our Regular Volunteers

We’d like to welcome our regular volunteers back to the kitchen after having a well-deserved break to recharge their batteries.  Thank you for helping make 2015 such a great success.  We couldn’t do what we do without your help and support.  You are truly the unsung heroes.

Christmas Food Hampers

This Festive Season Manna distributed 335 Homeless Hampers and just under 450 Food Hampers to families in need.  Thanks to everyone who donated goods, money and time to make our Christmas Hamper Drive so successful.  To see the smiles on the faces of the recipients was priceless.

Bungee Jumping for Manna

Earlier this month 13 year old Jasmin Brennan leapt off the Macau Tower to raise money and awareness for Manna and the plight of the homeless.  You can find Jasmin’s story from Today Tonight on our Facebook page.  To show your support and donate to Jasmin’s fundraising efforts please visit her fundraising page HERE

Corporate Opportunities

If you’re looking for a great way to engage your workplace in the community and inspire staff, why not consider one of Manna’s corporate volunteering or sponsorship opportunities.  For further information please email our Corporate Volunteer Coordinator, Contact or CEO Nicki Mckenzie for Sponsorship opportunities Or contact Karen Castle for Corporate Volunteering details

Information Evenings

We hold regular Information Evenings for people wanting to learn more about Manna and ways to get involved.  At these sessions Bev and John Lowe share the Manna story and Nicki McKenzie, CEO, explains how Manna operates.  Attendees also have the opportunity to register their interest in volunteering. Our Next two Information Evenings will be held on Monday 22 February 2016 at 6:00pm and again on Monday 21 March 2016 at 6:00pm.   For further information and to register your attendance please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Ryder

Homeless for a Night —-> Save the Date

Homeless For a Night will be held on Saturday 14th of May 2016

Thank you for your ongoing support and for spreading the Manna word. Bev, John and the Manna Team
If you would like any more details please contact our CEO, Nicki McKenzie
Thanks to Alex and Krista (from Atlas Mining) for working in the kitchen during their holidays

Thanks to Alex and Krista (from Atlas Mining) for working in the kitchen during their holidays

THANKS TO FLUOR (Western Australia)

A Special Message from a FLUOR Staff Member

“Fluor: Festive Season, Feed the Homeless Day
Have you ever thought about being homeless?   I know I never have.

Fluor employees volunteered their time on Friday 8 January to help prepare a wholesome meal for those that are homeless.    I had never really thought about what work goes into making this happen so volunteering was a real eye opener for me.

Our Manna kitchen supervisor Lolo started our morning off with a safety induction and orientation followed by what meals we were preparing for the day.   

We peeled, chopped, roasted and baked our way to a starter of soup, a main dish of hearty meat pasta, with a vegetarian option, potato salad followed by a dessert for approximately 150 people.


FLUOR Staff in the Kitchen (Click for a Larger Image)

Manna have a set time at Weld Park for serving so cooking, packaging up the food, cleaning and loading up the van had to be done by 1:15pm to ensure a prompt service at 1:30pm.

Once at the park, an orderly queue was formed and service began.

To know that this meal we had made was helping out just a fraction was rewarding but also makes you grateful that you do have a roof over your head.”



FLUOR Staff in the Kitchen (Click for a Larger Image)

Manna is grateful to many Corporate Organisations for their on-going care and support.   Fluor are one of our wonderful Corporate Sponsors and we (and the Homeless) are forever grateful for their support.

The Festive Season

It has been a huge year here at Manna as the demand for our services continues to grow.

Manna is a mainly volunteer operated charity with four staff and over two hundred amazing volunteers whom we could not do without.  We are also supported by fantastic companies, individuals and foundations, all of which directly impact the lives of Perth’s disadvantaged.

At the beginning of November, we created ‘hamperland’ and we absolutely loved the amount of food donations that we received from individuals, companies and schools.  In the past month we have packed over 330 hampers for the homeless and 445 hampers for families in need. These are still being delivered and are being very well received bringing smiles to many this festive season.

Thank you to everyone who donated items, sponsored hampers and helped in packing and distributing the hampers.  The volunteers were awesome, thank you.

This month we also introduced our ‘Gift Cards’ which have been very well received.  They have made Christmas shopping easy and we are very grateful to everyone who is gifting them this festive season.  These cards are available all year so if you are looking for ‘The Best Gift You’ll Never See’ for birthdays, anniversaries or to say Thank You to someone special please head to our donations page.

Our Festive Roster is very healthy although we are looking for 5 people for the last shift on Friday, 15th January from 9am to 3pm.  If you are available please contact Sarah at  It would be great to have a few males on the team.

We are very excited about 2016 and all that we have planned.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the most amazing festive season.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for spreading the Manna word.

Bev, John and the Manna Team

Contact our CEO Nicki McKenzie for more details

Kids Show Courage of Kindness …..

The Tuart Hill Primary students have been part of the first whole-school drive to fill Christmas hampers for not-for-profit Manna, which has been feeding Perth’s underprivileged for 19 years.

The school’s haul of 70 represents one-fifth of the hampers Manna volunteers will hand out to the homeless during Christmas week and co-founders Bev and John Lowe hope the result will encourage other schools to get on board next year.

“This is the first time that an entire school has got behind the hampers and it’s quite amazing what they’ve done — look at all those bags,” a tearful Mrs Lowe said.

These children are in Year 2 but they have already learnt that no one is too small to lend a helping hand — and that giving a little can mean a lot.

See the full article Here

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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Manna receives no government funding so we rely on the support of people like you to continue our services to those in need.   We have the opportunity to help the disadvantaged and really change lives – we are making a difference together.