Recent Press - Manna Meal - so the hungry can eat

Bollywood Flyer 2018 v2The India Center will present the 8th annual Bollywood Night on April 28, at the Charleston Civic Center. Proceeds from Bollywood will benefit two local charities, including Manna Meal, Inc. This unique event brings together artistry, culture and food.  The Indian community gives their time, talent and energy so charities in our community can benefit.  

Tickets are $100.00 per person, with a portion of the ticket price being tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities or  to purchase tickets, please contact Tara Martinez at Manna Meal.  Tara can be reached at or 304.345.7121.  

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Help support Manna Meal by attending or sponsoring Bollywood Night 2018!

Petra Vasale isn’t a science teacher, but she had five children making slime in her house on Monday — a makeshift science experiment aimed at getting them to think and keeping them entertained during a statewide strike by teachers who are calling for a pay raise.

Since the West Virginia teacher strike began on Feb. 22, shutting down public schools across the state, Vasale has put out an open invitation on Facebook every day, offering free babysitting for any parents who have to go to work and can’t afford day care. She has had as many as eight kids on a given day, including her 8-year-old daughter. It’s her way of supporting the walkout, which stretched into its ninth day on Tuesday and has kept more than 270,000 students out of school.

CHARLESTON (AP) — Using their smartphones to see in the dark, Kevin Johnson, Amy Wolfe and Julie Alston walked along the railroad tracks on Charleston’s East End early Wednesday morning, looking for homeless people.

Johnson, a homeless outreach worker for Prestera, led his team first to an area behind Laidley Field. City officials broke up an encampment there last summer, Johnson said, but the people came back.

Helping our community’s most vulnerable — at Manna Meal and at Covenant House — is the kind of work that comes with intense demands. We open our doors, no matter the circumstances, because we know that poverty doesn’t take a break. We offer our services — a hot meal, a hot shower, a helping hand — without judgment because we know that tough times can happen to anyone.

In some ways, Tara Martinez’s new job is not so different from her old one. Both involve serving the public. Now, as executive director of the Manna Meal soup kitchen, the serving part is more literal. And a lot more hands-on.

These days, she’s more likely to be cutting vegetables than crunching numbers. She helps prepare and serve meals, washes dishes, and spends time learning about her clients and their needs.

“I try to really help each of the staff members understand that we’re all part of a team, and it doesn’t matter what needs to be done,” Martinez said.

Manna Meal, the soup kitchen located inside St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier Street, is looking for a few turkeys for next week’s annual Thanksgiving holiday meal.

They’re in need of 20 12- to 15-pound turkeys, which can be dropped off anytime through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. They are also accepting monetary donations through their website,, to offset the costs of the meal.

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.