After meeting it goal of providing over 20,000 pounds of food per month to the needy people of west Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, a non-profit food distribution center is announcing plans to expand the program into Arkansas and the Delta region.

 

After meeting it goal of providing over 20,000 pounds of food per month to the needy people of west Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, a non-profit food distribution center is announcing plans to expand the program into Arkansas and the Delta region.
Beginning Feb. 1 the Shiloh Distribution Center, based in Lexington, Tenn., will begin its efforts with its “Manna Connect” program in Arkansas and the seven other states covered by the Delta Regional Authority – Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois.  The lofty objective of “Manna Connect” program is to provide 20,000 pounds of meat, non-perishable food and other supplies to the needy people of the Delta region. Vivian Fry-Greer and Charita Johnson are spearheading the program.
“Shiloh Distribution Center is a dynamic, excellent partner of the regional Delta Grassroots Caucus,” commented Lee Powell, Delta Caucus director, “and this is good news for our economically distressed region.
“Vivian Fry-Greer and Charita Johnson participated in Delta Caucus activities for several years and we want to do everything we can to support the expansion of their beneficial work across the region,” Powell continued.
Johnson explained some of the key advantages of the program.
“At this time, we (Shiloh Distribution) incur the cost of the products we receive and the shipping for each truckload. This includes the meats as well as the grocery products.”
According to Johnson, Shiloh is able to buy in bulk for tremendous discounts. “Manna Connect” is then able to pass on the savings to smaller organizations that otherwise would not be able to buy them.
“We are working now with major companies to receive products at no cost,” Johnson said. Smithfield and J&B Group were among the companies mentioned by Johnson as being involved in the program.
Shiloh’s efforts in west Tennessee and parts of Mississippi began in the fall of 2010.
Beginning Feb. 1, Shiloh will be accepting applications from non-profits, community service organizations, churches, shelters, food pantries, sites that serve prepared meals and any other non-profit based organizations in the 8-state Delta Regional Authority area that are reaching out to serve their communities.
Applications and more detailed information can be obtained at the organization’s CAN DO Web site (operationcando2020.org) or they can be contacted by e-mail at manna@operationcando.org. They may be contacted by phone at 731-249-5668 or 877-967-0414. Eligible organizations must complete a Manna Connect application and turn it in by Feb. 28.
The application process is relatively simple but Shiloh requires each entity to prove that they will adequately distribute the products received to those most in need in their communities. Small and new organizations as well as faith-based groups who need extra help in food distribution are eligible to receive technical assistance training from Shiloh.
The 20,000 - pound Hunger Strike Goal is Phase 1 of Shiloh’s “Manna Connect” program. Phase 2 of the program, which is scheduled to begin in the fall, will involve the Health Initiative that will focus on diet and fitness within the family.
Phase 3 of the program will invoke the use of technology and more defined community events to enforce the processes and success achieved in phases 1 and 2.