This Saturday will be the seventh Manna Drop. This local charity event provides meals to families in advance of Thanksgiving. However, this year’s may be the last Manna Drop for some time. Landon Rowe, one of the event organizers, explained the current situation. “This is a crossroad we’re at now where everyone that’s part of the group is graduating.”
The Manna Drop program currently consists of Rowe, Cheyenne Colson, Loren Lindler, Lane Riley, Will Bostleman and Dr. Tom Grant. Of the members, Bostleman was recently brought on to recruit new people in order to continue Manna Drop.
“Will came on late in the year,” Grant said, “At this point, we don’t have anyone other than Will who’s even going to be around next year.”
Rowe, who graduates in December, expressed the same concerns. “So, we’re in a predicament now where we are looking for people with the right experience to take Manna Drop over,” Rowe said. Manna Drop was originally started in the Stafford School of Business, under the former deans, Dill and Susan Driscoll. Funding was originally provided by Stafford, as well as Ameris Bank and former ABAC student Caroline Langdale.
The Driscolls have been involved in the project up until last year. Now, without access to its previous funding sources, Manna Drop is in need of members willing to donate. “People willing to volunteer isn’t the issue,” Grant said.
“Plenty of people are willing to hand out baskets. But, we’re not just gathering food from the food bank. We’re purchasing food from Publix in order to put together these nice Thanksgiving baskets.”
For any students interested in joining Manna Drop, or who simply want to volunteer for this year, contact Dr. Tom Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit him at The Stallion office in the Branch Student Center.