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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Manna House barely keeping afloat

  • The nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate in need of temporary food and shelter since 1993 has seen better days.Laura Koehn, Director of Manna House, located at 1012 First Ave., said this is the worst she has seen Manna House in the past six years."The pantry is the lowest it has been in...
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  •  The nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate in need of temporary food and shelter since 1993 has seen better days.
    Laura Koehn, Director of Manna House, located at 1012 First Ave., said this is the worst she has seen Manna House in the past six years.
    "The pantry is the lowest it has been in the past six years, it's been a while since I have seen Manna House in this bad of a shape and I've been here for 11 years," Koehn said. "It started between Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year, the pantry started dwindling down and it hasn't regained."
    According to Koehn, in this month alone, Manna House has served 428 people, an increase from May when Manna House served 331 people. With increased requests and more people in need, the food boxes Manna House provides have increased to approximately 350 to 425 boxes each month.
    With the number of food boxes going out the door increasing and donations decreasing, Manna House is struggling to keep its doors open. Last year, The Daily Globe reported a Manna House food shortage that forced the nonprofit to close its doors for three days. Koehn said if things stay at the pace they are now, she foresees having to temporarily close doors again.
    "This week we received two good-sized donations," Koehn said. "That will get us through this month and most of next month if we don't gain anymore people."
    Koehn said items that are most needed and that are most used are: canned goods, beans, rice, mac & cheese, hamburger helper, peanut butter and tuna.
    "Anything that you would have in your cabinets is pretty much what we have in our cabinets," she said.
    Aside from food donations, Manna House accepts monetary donations, all donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    "We are so thankful for everything that is done for Manna House," Koehn said.
    For more information on services Manna House provides or on how to make a donation, contact Manna House at (620) 227-6707.

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