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The Record Journal’s article, [pg. 2, August 2] concerning Wallingford’s Masters Manna, and its impending loss of leased space, was an all too familiar tale. “Financial reality trumps societal benefits.” Masters Manna is much more than a “food pantry” which serves over three thousand clients, on an ongoing basis. It provides meals through its marvelous kitchen, clothes and laundering facilities to those in need of those services, and most of all, a place where the clients are respected as human beings who might require help and emotional support during a difficult period of their life. Whole families are often beneficiaries of Masters Manna’s menu of services, whether it might be Nutritional Counselling, Preventative Medical/Dental instruction, and Vision services. Many of the clients at Masters Manna fall outside of the conventional government-sponsored benefit programs, due either to income level or the transient nature of that population.
Masters Manna is not a Government sponsored agency, and relies solely on contributions from the Community. Masters Manna integrates its volunteer base with training opportunities for area Training School members, Boy Scouts, and referrals from the Courts. As a Faith-Based, non-denominational enterprise, it recognizes the strength of family values in a society such as ours, and strives to impart that respect in the minds of those it is dedicated to serve. But all of the above requires money, and more importantly, a place to exist and continue services. Masters Manna’s leadership has weathered any number of Storms in its short existence, but this one, loss of appropriate location, is the most serious. Please stay tuned.
Wallingford’s CT Yankee Barbershop Chorus and Quartets
2016 Northeast District Yankee Division Chorus Champion Yankee Division Small Chorus Champion
HARMONY for HOPE
Date: JULY 17, 2016 Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Wallingford Park & Recreation Center, 6 Fairfield Blvd, Wallingford, CT
Admission: Any Nonperishable Food
Special needs are: Cereal, Tuna, Rice and Toilet Tissue
Cash Donations Are Accepted
Wallingford Community Women Helping Fight Hunger in Community
WALLINGFORD, CONN., June 27, 2016 – A murder mystery dinner held in February at the Villa Capri by the Wallingford Community Women raised more than $2,700 that will supply food from the Connecticut Food Bank for distribution through Master’s Manna, a multi-service organization that helps people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or coping with the difficulties caused by low incomes. The event was suggested by Wallingford Community Women Vice President Jennifer Flood-Frechette, who said that “several years ago, one of my former students found himself homeless and in need of help. I brought him to Master’s Manna and they provided him with food and services. Ever since then, I wanted to find a way to give back.”
Flood-Frechette and her colleagues, Wallingford Community Women President Cindy Parent and Allie Stevens worked with Michael Sayers of the Chester Hadlyme Mystery Party, who donated his services to assure maximum return for the event. The dinner raised $2,754. The donation that will result in enough food from the Connecticut Food Bank for Master’s Manna to prepare more than 5,500 meals.
Connecticut Food Bank Chief Development Officer Mary Kate Carofano joined Master’s Manna CEO Cheryl Trzcinski in accepting the check. “Our size and capacity allow us to leverage more food for the people served by Master’s Manna,” Carofano said. “Master’s Manna makes a life changing difference for so many people in the Wallingford and Meriden area. This donation will be of tremendous impact for people in need.”
Flood-Frechette said the purpose of the event was two-fold. “We wanted to support the great work of Master’s Manna, but we also wanted people to understand the challenge of hunger and learn more about some of the great resources for help in our community.”
The check was presented by the Wallingford Community Women on June 8 at the Connecticut Food Bank distribution center in Wallingford.
Trzcinski said Master’s Manna was grateful for the support and the food it will provide. “We work with the Connecticut Food Bank to provide access to nutritious food for people in our community. These dollars will go a long way in doing that.” Master’s Manna offers both a food pantry and a dining center for people who need help meeting basic needs for food. The food programs are only part of a range of services Master’s Manna offers people, including a health clinic, a market offering clothing, accessories and more, training and education services and laundry and hygiene facilities for people who are coping with homelessness.
About Master’s Manna:
Master’s Manna, Inc. is a faith-based not for profit established in Wallingford, Connecticut, to serve homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals living in the greater Wallingford/Meriden area. Master’s Manna, Inc.’s mission is to help homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals obtain essential needs. Find them on the web at www.mastersmanna.org and @mastersmannainc on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitably donated food. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide enough food last year to prepare more than 19.2 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to more than 300,000 people across six Connecticut counties. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.
Master’s Manna Days at the New Britain Bees
Saturday, July 2 @ 6:35p with FIREWORKS!!
Saturday, August 13 @ 6:35p with FIREWORKS!!
Saturday, September 17 @ 6:35p with FIREWORKS!!
Purchase tickets online
- Go to nbbees.com
- Upper right hand corner~ click BUY TICKETS
- Bottom left hand of page select July, August and/or Sept and hit SUBMIT
- Select one of the above dates on the calendar and click on buy tickets
- Letters appear that you need to type into the clear box~ type them in
- Select section of stadium and seat/s you would like to purchase
- Select purchase tickets
- Bottom of page is PROMOTION CODE field~ enter: MANNA as the promotion code
- Apply promotion code~ NOTICE the PRICE of your ticket has been REDUCED!!!
YOU DID IT! YOU supported a neighbor in need! THANK YOU!! See you at the GAMES!!
Renee easily recalls the desperation she felt when she first walked in to Master’s Manna.
In March 2008, Renee lost her job with Verizon, just as the recession was about to hit in full force. She had a newborn son to care for, and she needed help. She had driven by Master’s Manna storefront location many times, and always saw a line out the door. She summoned the courage to ask for help with diapers for her son.
“I came in with my head on the ground. I didn’t want to talk to anyone,” she recalls.
Eight years later, Renee smiles and says, “This place was my lifeline. Everyone here is my family.”
I met Renee that first day she walked in to Master’s Manna. With encouragement and some gentle nudging, I convinced Renee that Master’s Manna was here to help her. I knew that Master’s Manna could provide her some relief from the stress that was plaguing her body and spirit.
Unfortunately, Renee’s troubles weren’t over yet. She and her husband struggled to pay their rent on their limited income and with an infant to support, and they were served with eviction papers.
Throughout their struggle, thanks to the faithful support of donors like you, Master’s Manna was there to help them—with diapers, food, and emotional support. Whenever Renee was in need of tangible items, she knew that at Master’s Manna, “The door was always open.”
Thankfully, Renee’s husband was soon able to get a better job, and they were able to stay in their apartment. Several months after she first walked through its doors, Renee began to volunteer at Master’s Manna, to help lift her own spirits as well as help others. Ever since, she has been a source of support for others who struggle the way she once did.
As one volunteer coordinator of the food pantry, she is able to tangibly meet their need, as well as encourage them. “If I can make it out of the fire,” she tells them, “You can make it out of the fire.”
To continue to provide this lifeline for our neighbors, Master’s Manna needs your financial support.
Master’s Manna is full of people like Renee—people who are in the midst of a crisis, or who need a little extra help to get by each month. People who have found a place they feel welcome and at home.
Your investment into Master’s Manna has a profound and immediate impact on our neighbors’ lives. With your tax-deductible gift, someone in need can find healthy food, clothing, medical care, job training, or companionship.
Because of donors like you, Renee didn’t have to choose between feeding her family, or staying in her home.
Please join us today in helping more families like Renee’s.
With sincere thanks,
Co-Founder and CEO