‘Ham Roll’ offered at new Manna Pantry site

Drive-thru Christmas giveaway Dec. 18; space to open in January

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Southwest Covenant Schools presents Manna Pantry volunteers with a $28,196.79 gift raised during the 16th annual “Patriot Project” in Yukon. The food pantry will use the donation toward the purchase of furnishings and equipment for its new “home” as part of the Together We Center ministry. Yukon Manna Pantry director Sherri Rogers (right) encourages the public to donate to the pantry’s drive-thru Christmas “Ham Roll” set Saturday, Dec. 18 at the pantry’s future site at 620 N Cemetery Road. (Photo by Mitzi Aylor)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

With plans to open its new, larger location in January, Yukon’s 46-year-old food bank will offer a drive-thru Christmas “Ham Roll” for clients.

Manna Pantry leaders expect to start moving in December to a 2,000-square foot space in the new Together We Center, 620 N Cemetery Road. A ribbon cutting center is set Sunday, Dec. 12 for the Together We Center on the Trinity Baptist Church-Yukon campus.

In recent years, Manna Pantry has offered a turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving.

“We thought we’d be in the middle of moving so we decided not to do turkeys this year,” Manna Pantry director Sherri Rogers said. “But we’re going to do hams for Christmas.”

The Ham Roll event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the pantry’s “new place” on Cemetery Road, about a mile south of Interstate 40.

Clients will drive by to pick up their Christmas hams; each recipient must have a ticket.

“We plan to give out 200 hams, so if anyone wants to donate a ham …” Rogers said. “We’ll start moving in December and we’ll open up after the first of the year.”

As volunteers prepare for this major transition, Manna Pantry recently received a huge gift.

Southwest Covenant Schools presented a $28,196.79 donation from its 16th annual student-led Patriot Project in Yukon.

Those monies will be used toward the purchase of a 20-foot-by-9-foot “walk-in freezer”, furnishings, shelving, and equipment at Manna Pantry’s new home.

The Manna Pantry will retain its name when it moves starting in December to the new Together We Center, a new Canadian County ministry at 620 N Cemetery Road. The pantry will occupy a 2,000-square foot space in the middle of a building under construction on the Trinity Baptist Church-Yukon campus. (Image provided)

FOOD PANTRY – IT’S THE ‘HUB’

Manna Pantry will be in the middle of the Together We Center building, flanked by the 3,000 square foot “Faith” medical clinic and 1,000 square foot “Woven” clothing boutique.

“Your pantry is the hub of a resource center,” Rogers explained.

The Together We Center is a new Canadian County-wide ministry funded through $1.3 million in donations. All funds were raised before the Jan. 10th ground-breaking.

Organizers hope to eventually add free or discounted vehicle repairs and counseling, a barber shop, dental clinic, and other services.

Although it’s becoming part of the Together We ministry, the Manna Pantry will retain its name.

Volunteers expect to be able to serve many more hungry clients – not just in Yukon, but across Canadian County.

“It will be set up like a grocery store where they can do their own shopping with a ‘personal shopper’, a volunteer who can help them if they need advice on healthy options, how to prepare something or with recipes,” Rogers said. “We will have a warehouse area to stock food, so we won’t have to put everything on the shelves as it comes in the door.”

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DECADES FEEDING YUKON’S HUNGRY

Manna Pantry has been feeding Yukon’s hungry since 1975 when it opened a food closet inside Resurrection Lutheran Church. The pantry now serves both Yukon and Piedmont residents.

Manna Pantry later moved to Yukon’s First Christian Church before headed across the street to a renovated 800-square-foot house on the northeast corner of Sixth and Maple. It’s been there since 2004 but has outgrown the space with increase demand for its service.

In 2020, Manna Pantry served 3,205 families – 6,638 adults and 3,878 children.

Rogers believes those annual numbers could double with the new, larger location.

Manna Pantry is now open six days per week at the Sixth Street site.

New hours have not been announced for its new venue.

Food donations are volunteers are always welcome. Learn more by calling (405) 265-0193.

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