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.
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, clothe the naked, and provide spiritual counsel to any who ask. We practice Rescue, Hope, and Restoration in our work of neighbor helping neighbor.
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.
Our current home is the former Beal College building on Main Street in Bangor. It was originally the Poor Farm where care was given to those who had no place else to turn. Now it is home to Manna Ministries, providing a permanent and central home to reach the poor. Our goal is still to help people make lasting and positive changes in their lives.
Our vision is that everyone in our community will have food, clothing, housing, and an opportunity to support themselves. We invite you to join us in making this vision a reality.