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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Manna Ministry Making a Difference

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For the past several years Manna Ministry has been working to make a difference in the lives of Scott County citizens.
The ministry was founded by former Waldron Mayor, Neil Cherry. Cherry is dedicated to service at his home church, Waldron First Baptist.
On Thursdays produce is received from the River Valley Food Bank. A group of approximately 20 people volunteer their services week after week to ensure the logistics from receiving to distributing goes efficiently.
The produce is cleaned up and sorted into boxes to be distributed on early on Friday mornings (5:30 – 6:30 a.m.)
Additional produce is transported on to Mena and the Black Fork community for distribution.
The ministry provides to community members regardless of income.
“We ask no questions about income,” shared Cherry. “The only question we ask is if they are able to come and collect the food.”

Manna Ministries volunteers working hard to prepare for distributions, despite the chilly weather. (Photo courtesy of Vicki Metcalf)


Volunteers cater to the needs of those who are shut ins and are unable to come to the distribution site.
Recently, the ministry relocated their distribution site to the old field house by Sawyer Wright Field at 953 W 5th St. Through community donations they acquired a double door refrigerator to add their storage capacity.
The ministry pays per pound on the produce they give out. Donations are never required when picking up but are always appreciated to keep the distributions going for the future.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about Manna Ministries can contact Neil Cherry (479-207-0981) or follow the Manna Ministries Facebook page. It includes weekly updates and specific pickup times.
To pick up produce, they ask that you turn in off 6th Street into the parking lot, continue up to the building, and exit out 5th Street.

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