MANNA Food Pantries has a new home. Earlier this week, the nonprofit purchased the former Pensacola Mill Supply Building on North E Street, where it plans to relocate its headquarters.
Officials have been searching for new location since April 2014, when their existing facilities in Pensacola’s Long Hollow neighborhood were significantly damaged by that month’s unprecedented flooding. The 23,000 square foot building on E Street is located less than two miles from MANNA’s current home and is near two bus routes and ECAT’s Rosa Parks Transit Center. Officials say the building is large enough to house both MANNA’s client services and warehouse operations under one roof for the first time in decades, which they say will greatly improve service quality to the hungry.
“As we approach the anniversary of the 2014 flood that severely impacted MANNA, we are grateful and excited to have found a new home that best serves the needs of our community and of MANNA,” said DeDe Flounlacker, MANNA Executive Director. “The location provides important access from downtown and other nearby areas where many people who need our help live.”
The nonprofit hopes to have renovations completed and to be moved into the building by early 2017.
“We will be reaching out to our supporters throughout the community as MANNA embarks on a capital campaign to raise approximately $1 million to pay for the new building, renovations and move,” said Flounlacker. “After the flood, the community was so generous and helped us get back on our feet to resume feeding the hungry. And now we’ll be able to take services to a new level in serving the hungry. We’re excited about the impact we’ll be able to make from this building and location.”
MANNA is a local, nonsectarian, volunteer-supported nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia & Santa Rosa counties. The nonprofit’s mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. For more information, visit mannafoodpantries.org.