The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville recently profiled the Daily Manna Serving Center, which distributes food to those in need. The pantry, founded eight years ago by Pastor Gerald Dinkins, serves about 2,500 people a month and is supported by Humana’s Bold Goal initiative.
Those who visit the pantry also receive free diabetes education and screening and take part in healthy cooking and exercise classes. Partners include St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Baptist Health and UF Health.
The success of the program is tracked with the Healthy Days metric developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The questionnaire asks people how many days in the past month they felt physically or mentally unhealthy and how their activity levels were affected,” the newspaper reported. “So far the results are positive.”
“It’s helping each other out, helping our neighbors,” said Bobbie Cox, a recipient and volunteer who shares his food with his neighbors. “Every little bit helps.”