Recent blog posts - Manna Meal - so the hungry can eat

From the Garden November 19, 2017

The varmint fence work is progressing thanks to Nedra, Thom, Jean, Martha, Patricia and Susan.  We also harvested and delivered a bit of lovely produce: 4 pounds of Swiss Chard and 3 pounds of Spinach to feed those in need. This week we plan to work on Tuesday, November 21st from 10:00 until noon.  The following week, we will pr...

From the Garden November 12, 2017

​On Wednesday, Bob, Susan and Patricia emptied the flowers and soil from the whiskey barrels and rolled them out of the way. We winterized the onion bed, recycled a pile of old metal and picked 8 pounds of peppers.  On Saturday, Mike and Gerald installed the garden gates while Susan, Jean, Patricia and Jim worked on the fence.  We planted...

From the Garden Nov. 5th, 2017

Last week we harvested 30 pounds of vegetables, readied beds to plant garlic, shoveled and spread mulch on garden paths, flattened old tomato cages for recycling, dug dahlias, pulled weeds and continued to prepare the garden for winter.  Susan, Scott, Thom, Nedra, Therese, Angela and her daughter Zoey worked on Tuesday...

From the Garden October 29, 2017

We missed our Monday gardening day last week because of rain but scurried there on Wednesday to pick some tender vegetables before the frost.  The 22 pounds of eggplants and 14 pounds of peppers were delivered to the Heart and Hand Food Pantry to help feed those in need. This week we plan to work on Tuesday and Saturday from 10:...

From the Garden October 22, 2017

​We were so glad to welcome new volunteers in the past two weeks and to see our old friend Bob.  Newcomers Rose Ann and Mary Pat helped our stalwart crew with the harvest; Wendsi and Hayden dug and raked the new fence perimeter and pulled many weeds.  We have shelled beans to plant next year, sifted and spread compost, cleaned garden shea...

From the Garden October 8th, 2017

​Nedra, Thom, Jean, Cathy, Patricia, Susan, Therese, Angela and Jim did lots of tidying up at the garden last week.  We mowed, trimmed and pulled weeds, spread compost, planted spinach, sorted garlic and harvested a few vegetables.  We delivered 26 pounds of produce that included Italian Beans, Purple Hulled Peas, Tomatoes, Peppers and Sw...

From the Garden October 1, 2017

We're picking the last of our summer crops; Susan, Scott, Gerald, Cathy, Sandy, Janet, Therese, Jean and Donna harvested 100 pounds of vegetables last week, mixed the compost to get ready for planting spinach, onions and garlic, worked on the new fence, pulled weeds and tidied up. We like to see visitors and new volunteers ...

From the Garden September 24, 2017

​We had to move old tomato cages out front for the ReStore to pick up on Tuesday; Susan, Patricia and the three Farley Sisters  were there to help with that, harvesting tomatoes and peppers, and pulling many weeds.  Terry mixed Manna Meal kitchen waste in our compost sheds to create the soil that nourishes our garden.  We sent 3...

From the Garden September 17, 2017

​We were rained out on Tuesday and Thursday.  Saturday morning was perfect for harvesting and it was so nice to see Susan, Therese, Patricia and Jeannie show up with their smiling faces.  We picked 51 pounds of tomatoes, 46 pounds of eggplants, 13 pounds of chard and 3 pounds of peppers that were delivered to Heart and Hand Food Pantry.&n...

From the Garden September 10th 2017

​We harvested 267 pounds of produce during 3 lovely mornings last week and also planted spinach and lettuce.  Nedra, Thom, Martha, Patricia, Susan, Janet, Therese, Gale, Dave, Cathy, Sandy, Debbie, Valerie and Bret showed up and worked hard to gather healthy food that was delivered to Heart and Hand Food Pantry in South Charleston.&n...

From the Garden September 3, 2107

A  happy, hard working crew gathered at our garden on Tuesday.  What a lovely, cool morning to pick vegetables and pull weeds.  We delivered 92 pounds of produce to Heart and Hand Food Pantry.  Ten volunteers showed up on wet and rainy Saturday; we didn't work but had a nice time chatting and catching up. Our...

From the Garden August 27, 2017

​We were so happy to see the Heavenly Blue Morning Glories blooming in our pollinator garden last week.  Our garden chores included turning the compost, repairing the sprinkler lines and heads, harvesting our lovely produce and chopping kudzu out of the beautiful Sycamore tree out front.  We picked 82 pounds of eg...

From the Garden

​Last week we had our last summer harvest of the Contender green beans and picked 30 pounds to send to the Heart and Hand Food Pantry along with tomatoes, peppers, chard and eggplants.  We have plenty of harvesting, planting and tidying up to do and welcome all to the garden. We will be working at the garden this week on Tu...

Garden Report

​Our season began on March 20th and the garden is flourishing with the help of the many gardeners and groups who have donated their mornings to plant and harvest produce, pull weeds, maintain our watering system, turn the compost, whack the kudzu, and fix the fence to keep the varmints out.  We've been sending kale, beets, ...

Garden Help Needed for July 18 and 20, 2017

All are welcome from 9 am to 11 am on Tuesday and Thursday.  We will be weeding, harvesting, planting and much more.  Please wear closed toed shoes and bring your own garden gloves if you have them!

Volunteer to work in the Garden

We will be working in the garden this Saturday July 15th from 9am to 11am.  Come and help us tend our garden, which feeds many throughout the year.

Garden Schedule Week of April 3, 2017

Garden Schedule Week of April 3, 2017
garden schedule WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5TH FROM 12:00 UNTIL 2:00 SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH FROM 12:00 UNTIL 2:00 We will be harvesting spinach, kale and parsley, planting some of our newly donated vegetable plants and installing trellis netting for our peas. We can always use your help and are always happy to see you at the garden!

Announcing Bollywood 2017

Manna Meal, Inc. is excited to announce that we are one of the charities that will benefit from Bollywood 2017 along with WV Health Right and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus. It will be held on April 23rd at 5 pm in the Charleston Civic Center. 

The evening includes a cocktail buffet from 5 to 6pm, the dinner buffet of Indian, Mediterranean and American cuisine and a silent mobile/digital auction. The entertainment will feature a repertoire of dances performed by both local and national groups, to lively Bollywood music.

Please join us, the ticket price is $100.00 per person, $85 of which is tax-deductible. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on the event, sponsorship levels or to purchase tickets call Manna Meal 304-345-7121 or e-mail Jean Simpson at



If you're interested in volunteering your time to work at the Manna Meal Garden, please attend our brief meeting for the 2017 growing season.  We will meet downstairs at the Rock Lake Community Center.  We hope to see you there.   

About Us

Manna Meal Inc. (MMI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that operates a soup kitchen located inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in the heart of downtown Charleston, WV. 

MMI thrives through the generosity and support of our community to provide a safe haven, no questions asked
We are not a government agency and rely solely on contributions from our community and grants that we write.