Manna of Life provides food to the hungry in the Bronx according to family size. We provide healthy food to our clients which consist of frozen meat, dry beans and grains, fresh fruits &vegetables, peanut butter & jelly, shelf stable milk and other important staples. We are supported entirely by volunteers, with financial contributions and food donations from, churches, community organizations, food banks, foundations and individuals.
Food Pantry: Open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. (appointments only)
Our food pantry is unique in that we bring pantry staples to homebound residents who cannot for one reason or another come to the community food pantry to pick up food. It was designed to provide nutritional assistance to the elderly, disabled, destitute families that cannot afford the transportation to pick up food. All people are welcome to partake in our services regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation or social status.
Food is served to all regardless of faith, religion, and background or immigration status. We provide the shared communal experience of dining with others, which is especially treasured by people such as the disabled, widows/widowers, homeless and recently placed ex-homeless. We provide soup, sandwiches, fresh fruit, granola bars, juice and water.
*Due to the pandemic, the soup kitchen is now provided as a grab and go bag lunch.
Our mobile soup kitchen is our flagship operation. Manna of Life ministries started out serving fruit and sandwiches to the truly homeless population in the Bronx. The volunteers went into dangerous places riddled with prostitution, drug pushers, etc. to feed the people not only physical food but spiritual food.
The soup kitchen operates on Saturdays, currently we make 3 stops in which we bring soup, sandwiches, fresh fruit, granola bars, juice and water to day laborers and homeless and hungry in the Hunts point Community.
BP gas station: 91 Westchester Square The Bronx, NY 10461
In front of Bronxworks 800 Barretto St, The Bronx, NY 10474
BP gas station : 281 Bruckner Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10454
(Has been put on hold because of COVID)
A Community outreach barbecue was held annually at Springfield Park in Queens servicing families from Springfield and Saratoga Family Shelter. At the barbecue we grill hot dogs, hamburgers (beef, turkey, and vegan) and provide all the fixings. In addition we do face painting, have an arts and crafts table, games, and provide gently used clothing and toiletries. DJ Ariel provides the music. The community barbecue will resume once NYC deems safe due to the coronavirus. This event takes place in June.
Thanksgiving Day Service complete with music, anecdotes, prayer, fellowship and dinner with all the fixings at Bronx Works in the Bronx and at our soup kitchens, we do our Thanksgiving Service the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Three Kings Day
Three Kings Holiday celebration is held annually at the Saratoga Family Inn, a family shelter in Queens, NY.
Manna of Life Ministries has been hosting Three Kings Day at the Saratoga Family Inn for over ten years. We bring a day of fun activities that includes face painting, music by DJ Ariel, puppet shows, delicious food, clothes, diapers, toiletries and toys for the children and most importantly hope. We bring the love of God by showing the love of God. We pray, we cry, we laugh, we fellowship with the residents and staff. Most importantly we aim to practice Jesus’ teachings to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mark 12:31)
Adopt a Family for the Holidays
We’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of people who need food assistance on Thanksgiving in our community. In 2020, we served complete Thanksgiving meals to 400 families (the average family size is six persons). In 2021, we served food to 550 families. As the need for food assistance continues to grow, we are working on expanding our capacity to help at least 1,000 families this November.
Holiday Toy Drive
Each year, we at Manna of Life organize a coat drive to help those in need of jackets and coats during the winter. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to provide coats that will keep someone warm during cold times of the year, when donations are often off-season items. By hosting a coat drive, we’ve been ensuring for years that those who need them most have access to the proper winter wear.