As Manna House continues to navigate these uncertain times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it wants to share a few updates that have resulted in an adjustment of its services and outreach.

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those we serve, our staff, volunteers, and all of those who enable our mission to provide for the community,” Manna House said in a recent press release. “That is why we have followed CDC recommendations to close our food pantry. However, we remain open and staffed for curbside food pickup service and curbside donations of food items.

“Since we rely heavily on local grocers to supply us with their extra food, these last few weeks have been extremely challenging and we are experiencing shortages in our food supply. Currently, food donations are down 50-60 percent.”

Manna House is kindly asking for food donations, especially produce, meats, milk, eggs, and paper/toiletry items. If you have a donation, please call Manna House at 972-775-1800 and a member of the team can arrange a curbside pick-up.

“On average, we feed close to 1,000 families a month throughout Ellis County, and those numbers are expected to skyrocket over the next few months,” says Norma Belcher, Director of Client Relations at Manna House. “From helping those affected by temporary layoffs or business closings during a time where accessibility to fresh food is scarce, our resources and capacity are strained. But together, with the help of this amazing community, I’m confident we can continue to serve at a time when the need for relief and compassion are at an unprecedented peak.”

In addition to pantry items, Manna House also urges those able to give to consider a monetary donation.

Sales from proceeds at Heaven’s Attic resale boutique are one of the main revenue channels at Manna House. Due to this pandemic, sales are down 75 percent, which impacts its ability to serve the community.

To give a donation, please visit www.mannahousemidlothian.org/coronavirus-updates.

“We are asking everyone in the county to do their part,” said Ellis County Judge Todd Little at last week’s press conference where he announced the county was issuing a disaster declaration. “This will help to ensure our safety across Texas .... At these times we realize how connected we truly are.”

For more information, or to set up a donation, please visit www.mannahousemidlothian.org/coronavirus-updates.

Founded in 1992, Manna House gives families a helping hand, empowering them to rise above the immediate crisis with a sense of dignity.

Manna House is dedicated to serving the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of people in crisis. They strive to bring hope, encouragement, and stability as we build a stronger, healthier community.

Each year, Manna donates 10,000 meals to families in need, helps 650 families with utility bills to keep the power on, and assists families with prescription medical costs.