About Manna

Our vision responds to the needs of our neighbors; we work towards a community where everyone has food, clothing, housing, and an opportunity to support themselves. Our mission is to provide outreach to the hurting, lost, and needy throughout Eastern and Central Maine. Manna Ministries is neighbor helping neighbor.

Manna Ministries was initially founded to provide services to the homeless in Bangor. However, as we grew, we realized that our guests were not predominantly homeless; the Greater Bangor Shelter serves the homeless of Central Maine. Manna Ministries works together with other community resources providing services.

2322Manna Ministries provides a safety net in the community that prevents the working poor and people on a fixed income from becoming homeless. Most of our guests are one crisis, one paycheck, or one doctor's bill from losing their lights, homes, or apartments. They come to Manna Ministries for food and clothing. Many people in our community have to make daily choices between food and clothing, medical help, or rent. Manna Ministries helps to provide a better quality of life for the hidden homeless, as well as save the State funds by keeping people from having to use welfare programs.

Our backbone is the army of volunteers who come every day to cook, clean, serve the meals, and hand out groceries.

At Manna, when we say "we", it not only means Manna, it means you as well. "We" would not be possible without you. You are the community that supports us and makes our services possible. When someone comes to us for help, they're coming to you.

The funding for our Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, and Food Drives comes from you as individuals, civic groups, churches, and schools.

Manna Inc. Non-Discrimination Statement

Manna Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or familial status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and services. Questions regarding compliance with this policy may be directed to Bill C. Rae, Manna Inc., 629 Main Street, Bangor, Maine 04401, Phone: 207-990-2870 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Executive Board

Manna Ministries' Executive Board is composed of community members who are committed to the mission, vision, and values of Manna. The Board meets on a regular basis to provide guidance to the management team and to assist in furthering Manna's work in the community.

 

Bill-reaBill Rae, Executive Director  

Bill was born in Maryland and attended the University of Montana and the University of Maine at Orono. He studied psychology and human development. “As a calling from God and a vision in my heart, my wife and I birthed Manna Ministries in 1991. We were later joined by our two sons, who work full time in the ministry.”

 

Stephan Lanfer, Member

Stephan Lanfer holds a Bachelors in Economics from Dartmouth and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford. During his career, he has worked in finance, operations, and marketing. Since 1977 he has been a Partner in Jefferson Financial in Stamford, Connecticut. Since 1980 Stephan has been Principal and Director of Protein Group, Holdings, and Foundation, a faith-based venture to acquire food companies. Stephan has been involved in several Christian youth ministries since 1979. He has also served as an elder in his church in Connecticut and as Trustee/Treasurer of his church in Portland, Maine since 1999. Stephan has been active on the Board of the root Cellar in Portland since 1997, serving as Chairman from 2005-2009. He has been on Manna’s Board since 1997 and Chairman since 2004.

 
 

Our History

Thirty people came for dinner at a small building on Hammond Street. It was 1991, and the beginning of Manna's work as a soup kitchen. A local attorney donated the space and the Protein Foundation provided seed money to buy a stove, cookware, and food. In 1994, Manna introduced a food pantry, instituted a drop-in center, and began offering social service referrals. For 12 years we have been located at the former Beal College building on Main Street. We have moved and are now located at 100 Center Street, Bangor, ME 04401, Our new location used to be Dave's Furniture and a Bakery.

The spirit of community and a positive attitude continue to characterize Manna. Our mission is to minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of people throughout our community: to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, and to shelter the homeless. Over time we have moved several times, even providing meals out of a van in a park when we found ourselves without a home. In 1995, we found a permanent home only to have it collapse during the 1998 ice storm. Throughout it all, we have continued to provide vital services to people who have fallen on hard times.

 
Soup Kitcken/Food Pantry

Manna's Soup Kitchen has been open to anyone and everyone that finds themselves in need of a hot meal and a safe place to enjoy it.