EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Manna Food Project is on a mission to feed the hungry across northern Michigan.
Based near Harbor Springs in Emmet County, the group's impact is far reaching.
With the help of more than 250 core volunteers and several staff members, the non-profit distributes 1.6 million pounds of low-cost and donated food every year to families in need.
Manna also has a program that works closely with area grocers, restaurants and farmer to collect and distribute an additional 650,000 pounds of perishable food to the growing number of families in desperate need in communities in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties.
"What we've come to realize is that for families struggling to make ends meet often a food pantry is the only source of important ingredients for a well balanced diet and so we make every effort to increase the quality and nutritional value that we distribute," said Kim Baker with the Manna Food Project.
The Manna Food Project also houses its own food pantry on site and helps organize its Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.
The program provides about 2,000 backpacks each week in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties to participating schools.