Manna Needs Your Help!
24th Oct 2017
This year, Manna has experienced a long, hard winter with increasing numbers of families requiring our already exhausted services.
To help Manna to continue to help those in need, we need your help so we have set up a GoFundMe page for Manna Inc.
Your kind donation will help Manna to ensure the pantry is well stocked to enable our wonderful volunteer teams to continue to prepare and serve the approx. 200 meals we serve to the homeless/disadvantaged people at Weld Square Northbridge from Monday to Friday every week of the year.
Here is the link to GoFundMe for Manna Inc:
Thank you for helping Manna to care for those in need.
Beverley & John Lowe OAM
Founders of Manna
17th Oct 2017
Please note the following changes to Manna’s programs:
Hot & Healthy Meals Program:
This service is now provided at Weld Square Northbridge Mondays to Fridays only (1:30pm to 2:15pm)
Sunday’s lunch service has been cancelled.
Manna’s Christmas Hamper Program:
Manna will only be providing Christmas Hampers to the homeless at Weld Square during our regular lunch service which is 1:30pm to 2:15pm. (Date to be confirmed in December)
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 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.
WA Newspapers 6th August 2016
9th Aug 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.
June 2016 Newsletter
15th Jun 2016
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.
Homeless for a Night (May 2016)
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 email@example.com.
Manna Turns 20
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.
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
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.
Make the most of this financial year. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Homeless for a Night
15th Mar 2016
One of our major annual fundraising events “Homeless for a Night” is being held on Saturday, 14th May 2016.
“Homeless for a Night” 2016 Fundraiser on Saturday, 14th May 2016 …. can you help us ?
Newsletter January 2016
23rd Jan 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.
John and Bev
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.
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
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
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
Thanks to Alex and Krista (from Atlas Mining) for working in the kitchen during their holidays
THANKS TO FLUOR (Western Australia)
12th Jan 2016
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
24th Dec 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 …..
9th Dec 2015
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.