Manna Messenger Newsletter May / June 2021
March / April 2021 Newsletter
BECAUSE OF YOU... Covid-19 A Year Later
One lesson the pandemic has taught us is that everyone needs help from time to time. Covid changed so many lives. FMP is here to help weather the storm, either short term or for the long haul.
“Flexibility in meeting our customer’s needs is critical,” states Karen Lanter, Feed My People Executive Director
As a result, new pantry hours were introduced to accommodate current clientelle and also emergency food requests. Like everyone, Feed My People has learned how to operate efficiently and effectively despite limitations resulting from the pandemic.
Our patrons report great satisfaction with Covid- friendly pantry operations including the increased availability of food, the use of sanitized carts for each order, masking, and social distancing. We will continue to update safe practices based on CDC and local government guidelines.
Amazing numbers of people have stepped forward, going above and beyond, to help feed those impacted by Covid-19. Churches have implemented the “Bags by the Bumper” campaign and resurrected the Meal a Month Program. You can help, too HERE.
Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic
The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Affton, conducted a vaccine clinic for FMP staff, volunteers and customers at the South County location on Friday, April 9. One hundred eleven persons received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
THRIFT STORE REPORT
Our factory fresh, remanufactured mattresses meet the same quality standards of comfort, freshness and durability as a new mattress, without the high price. You’ll be so glad you shopped the Feed My People Mattress Sale.
Get ready for Mom’s Special Day, Sunday, May 9 and don’t forget Dad on June 20. The thrift store has lots of gift choices for both Mom or Dad. Not sure what to buy? Give a gift certificate, in an amount that you choose, for Mom or Dad’s very own shopping spree.
SOUTH COUNTY: M-W-F: 10AM-4PM Tues-Thurs: 10AM-6PM Sat: 9AM-3PM
HIGH RIDGE: M-T-W-TH-F: 10AM-4PM Sat: 9AM-3PM
Feed My People is Transforming
With Easter, comes rebirth. From time to time everyone and everything needs to be renewed, whether it is the paint on your front porch or dedication you put into your marriage, career, whatever. From time to time, we regroup and come out stronger.
The same thing is true with Feed My People. Over the past year, Feed My People has been updating, improving and seeing how we can do a better job in serving people in need. We came up with a few areas of focus.
- Hours. Feed My People will be open more hours to be ready to care for people when need strikes. See our expanded hours:
SOUTH COUNTY HIGH RIDGE
Mon-Wed-Fri: 10am - 3pm Tues thru Fri: 10am - 2pm
Tues-Thurs: 10am - 6pm Sat: 9am - 1pm
Sat: 9am - 12:30pm
- Easier Appointment Setting. During April and May, 2021, Feed My People is adding additional phone lines in South County to make reaching us simpler. In addition, we will begin offering, in both High Ridge and South County, online FOOD pantry appointment setting. People in need will be able to set their appointments to get food at Feed My People using their smart phone or computer. Watch for our announcement that we have implemented these improvements.
- More Modern Thrift Stores. Our quality inventory of gently used items is now continually updated (weekly) with fresh inventory. South County’s thrift store has received a full face lift during this past year and, along with High Ridge, offers a fun shopping experience for people of all ages.
- Services will be more customized. As Feed My People plans to reopen the Food Pantry from a drive-through model to face-to-face assistance, look to us to continually see people in need as we would ourselves in a bad situation. Everyone gets into a fix from time to time. Feed My People is ready to help people in the short and the long-term.
We have more surprises planned to better serve our communities. Just know that it is only through you that we continue this vital work. Thank you.
Karen Lanter, MPA, CFRE, CAP®
Executive Director, Feed My People
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FALL EVENTS
United We Stand Trivia Night, September 11, 2021.
Knowing that some are ready to be “live” while others prefer “live-streaming”, we have planned an event that should appeal to all.
Tables of eight can choose to play live and in person or remotely using ZOOM.
Bigger and Better than ever is our combined
Manna March Walk Against Hunger and Community Fall Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 9 & 10 Look for all the exciting details, coming soon!
Meet Rachel and George Carvalho, owners of Brasilia, located at 3212 South Grand Avenue, 63118. Brasilia is one of many successful international bistros in the heart of South St. Louis.
As part of the Community Foundation’s Community Carryout Program, Brasilia provided 80 delicious, full-sized meals to FMP for distribution to people needing help. South County food pantry customers were excited to receive these carryout dinners; a real “take-out” treat.
The third restaurant owned and operated by the Carvalho’s, Brasilia offers covid-friendly in-house dining, carryout and curbside pick-up. Make your reservation at 314-932-1034 or visit their website HERE.
Memorials and Tributes
*As of 04/12/21
|Antoinette and William Berberich||Jeanette Honerkamp|
|Jim and Stephanie Berberich||Dorothy Light|
|Clarence Beeson||Elaine Kain|
|Jim and Shirley Arbet||Ruth Lesser|
|Jean Behr||Doris Kaplan|
|Riffle Foundation||Advanced Textiles Co.|
|Joseph Berliner||Rev. Arno Krentz|
|Ruby Schweppe||Jay Giulvazean|
|Susan Berra||Janice Kroeger|
|Don and Susan Berra||Andreas and Deborah Aumer|
|Dorothy Beseda||Herbert Laudel|
|Martin Cliffe, Sr.||Douglas Laudel|
|Evelyn Huffmeier||Elizabeth Maas|
|Linda Mooy||Steve and Janet McAllister|
|Charlotte Smith||Gerri Mueller|
|Thomas Bowe||Linda Bernstein|
|Diane Austin||John Obermann|
|DeLura Brummet||Mary Ellen Ritzie|
|Paul and Jaqueline Smith||Frederick Robinson|
|James Bryant||Betty Robinson|
|James and Barbara Bryant||Jeanie Oster|
|Brad Carson||Tom and Shirley Uhlmansiek|
|Joan Carson||Loretta Paszkiewicz|
|Paul Clausen||Ronald Herman, Jr.|
|Sheila and Bill Dettmann||Jennifer Kirsten Rhea|
|Liz Combs||John and Charissa Clark|
|Lloyd and Diana Rudloff||Helen Rogles|
|Deanna Coudle||Robert and Susan Ruzicka|
|Bethesda Orchard Residents Assoc.||Lambert Roy|
|Kenneth Fanger||Gerard Utterback|
|Richard and Marilyn King||Jack and Florence Salkin|
|George Fank||Advanced Textiles Co.|
|Ronald Herman, Jr.||George Sandusky|
|Ronald Faszold||Phyllis Sandusky|
|Jenna Shiver||Randy Schuessler|
|Earnie and Gerri Forehand||Ruth Lesser|
|Ed and Cindy Lahue||Richard Schweppe|
|Moritz Gapsch||Ruby Schweppe|
|William and Kathy Franke||Marvin and Elizabeth Stratmann|
|Billie Joe Grider||Christine Stratmann|
|Dawn Legrand||Lawrence Washburn|
|Laborers Int’l Union of No. America #110||Rita Washburn|
|Mary Haliburton||Paul and Dorothy Welker|
|Betty J. Stephens||Cletus M. Schnurbusch|
*As of 04/12/21
Tonnie Monroe Wasem
Linda Meyer ~ Happy Birthday!
Dick and Leslie Renz
Alvin and Mary Lou Farrow