Recent blog posts - Manna Meal - so the hungry can eat
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From the Garden April 22, 2018

Luke is saving vegetable waste again from the kitchen for us to create the wonderful compost that nourishes our garden.  Thanks so much to Meg for offering to bring it to the garden once a week.  She delivered our first batch on Tuesday and our compost piles are cooking.  Nedra and Janet emptied and clea...

From the Garden April 15, 2018

What a productive week at the Manna Meal Garden!  On cool Tuesday, Bob, Janet, Scott and Jean sifted, hauled and spread compost on our carrot bed while Patricia and Susan planted cabbages and onion sets.  Then, all of us removed most of the remaining weeds from the garden to add to the compost piles. Mike and Gerald worked on the automate...

From the Garden April 8, 2018

​On Tuesday, new volunteer Sue Harris brought her grandchildren Caroline, Scott, and Lucas with friend Jordan to help us during their spring break.  They worked with Patricia, Thom, Janet and Jean, loading, hauling and spreading mulch on garden paths.  Nedra, Sandy and Susan pulled weeds and added them to a new compost pile. We ...

From the Garden April 1, 2018

Garden season is here!  On wet Tuesday, Gary, Bud and Jean braved the rain, pulled weeds from the cliff side garden and performed tractor maintenance.  It was lovely to see the sun and the many, mighty volunteers that came out on Saturday to help.  Sharisse, Jennelle, Asmael, Patricia, and Therese prepared be...

The season begins

​Gardening season is here and we invite you to join us at the Manna Meal Garden this week. TUESDAY, March 27 from 10:00 until noon SATURDAY, March 31 from 10:00 until noon Our garden is located at the Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston. We hope to see you there!

From the Garden: A Special Message from Tara

Our last garden work day for the year was December 2nd.  Thanks to all of the 2017 garden volunteers, we completed the varmint proof fence and harvested 2,993 pounds of vegetables to help feed those in need.  We were so happy to meet Manna Meal's new Executive Director, Tara Martinez, who shared this spe...

From the Garden November 26, 2017

​The weather was perfect last week at the garden.  We worked on the new fence and mulched its perimeter, added leaves to raised beds, pulled weeds, planted garlic and winterized the watering system thanks to volunteers Fred, Scott, Patricia, Gary, Susan, Therese, Jean, Gerald and Mike.  This week we will have our last scheduled ...

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...

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.