Several groups around town are pitching in to help reduce Manna Food Pantries’ food shortage.
At Seville Quarter’s haunted house, Fear City Nights, a “Screaming for Food” drive will be held for Manna, producer Linda Paul said.
If people bring three canned goods or nonperishable food items before 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 22, they will get a $2 discount off the $15 admission to the haunted house.
Manna officials have asked the public to help restock their shelves to feed the area’s hungry. Their mission became even more critical with the closing of Angel Food Ministries, which sold groceries at a 50 percent discount.
In three weeks, Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s Pumpkin Run 5K coincides with National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 22, and to honor that, the school will collect cans and monetary donations for Manna Food Pantries.
Patti Salvaggio, the race’s assistant director, said race organizers had agreed to work with Manna before she knew about their recent shortage.
“As corny as it sounds, it seems like a match made in heaven because our run is normally the first Saturday in November, and it got changed this year to coincide with National Make a Difference Day,” Salvaggio said. “It’s just a really interesting coincidence that it has all come together.”
The school will collect donations before and during the morning race, which is expected to end by 9 a.m.
People can also drop off donations during packet pickup in the school gym from 4 to 7 p.m. the night before the race.
To participate in the race, sign up at www.active.com.
DeDe Flounlacker, executive director of Manna Food Pantries, said people have started to heed Manna’s call for help.
“It’s wonderful, we’ve actually gotten a number of calls from individuals and groups,” she said Friday.
But it’s going to take a lot of food and probably a lot of time to get Manna back in good shape.
“The need for the food is constant, and we’re not anywhere close to having enough food yet,” Flounlacker said. “But every can of vegetables, every can of chicken, every bit of oatmeal helps — it counts.”