We Do More Than Just Feed Those in Need
Offering quality balanced meals in a safe and respectful environment is the primary focus of Manna. Additionally, we’re also helping people achieve greater self-sufficiency through our expanded programs. Go to our program page to learn more about our culinary school, social enterprise program, backpack program and garden project.
Donating Your Time
Every year our volunteers donate close to 12,000 hours of service. This not only helps people in need, but it also contributes to Manna’s leading role in bettering our community. Simply stated, we wouldn’t be where we are without the dedication of our volunteers. To learn more about how you can make a difference, contact us today or visit our volunteer page for more information.
Making a Monetary Donation
It’s often misunderstood that Manna receives funding from the federal government, when in fact, Manna is a private non-profit organization that receives no government funding and is solely supported by its donors, local businesses and volunteers. It’s community backing that helps us fund and run all of our programs and services. Because of the generosity of our community, we continue to grow as an organization. Together, we can positively influence the health and economic vitality of our region. Please donate now to reinforce our efforts and improve the quality of life for everyone in La Plata County.
Planned giving allows donors to give at a more substantial level using other resources such as life insurance, surplus real estate, stocks and securities or other investments that may incur substantial taxes should you liquidate. We recommend that you speak with an attorney who specializes in estate planning when making these decisions. If you would like to leave a “legacy,”call the executive director at Manna today for more information on different giving avenues at (970) 385-5095 ext. 7 or email Director@MannaSoupKitchen.org.
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit
Manna Soup Kitchen has been approved as an Enterprise Zone Contribution Project by the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC). This designation allows any donor contributions of $250 or more to be eligible for a 25% state tax credit on cash donations, and a 12.5% state tax credit on in-kind donations such as professional services.
(donations taken from 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily)
Did you know that Manna’s food services are now more sustainable because of our on-site garden? Even though we work hard to be self-sustaining and try to instill this same concept in our clients, we’re always in need of items. Please see our list of needs located on this page.
General Food Donations:
- Packaged sliced, wrapped cheese
- Packaged lunch meats
- Sandwich bags
- USDA packaged frozen meats
- Powdered juice mix
- Sack lunch items
- Canned goods (soups, veggies, tomato sauce, tuna)
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Fruit cups
- Ziplock baggies & Trash bags (55 gal.)
- Olive oil
- Orange Juice/Breakfast drinks
- Granola Bars
Take-Home Backpack Program (Southern Ute Boys and Girls Club, Durango School District 9R):
- Canned, ready-to-eat items (such as Spaghetti-o’s and Ravioli)
- Fruit cups and canned fruit
- Packaged snacks
- Breakfast cereal
- Peanut butter
- Boxed meals (such as easymac, mac-n-cheese, ramen noodles)
- Canned goods (soups, veggies, tomato Sauce, tuna)
- Toiletries: hotel shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions
- Individually packaged toothbrushes
Manna’s Wish List
- Tools for toolkit
- Garden tools
- Weed eater
- Water hose nozzles
- Garden gloves