Manna is inviting other food pantries, churches, or any individual in need to stop by the Brick Church today for a box of groceries.

Director Bill Rae tells us Manna was contacted by a Millinocket group called, 'I Care Ministry,' who wanted to make a large donation of food. Manna got a semi truck loaded with as many as 500 boxes of food. Each box contains cheese, milk, mashed potatoes, juice, canned food, and cereal. It's a timely donation as providers have seen an increase in need, including people who have never had to rely on food pantries before.

The boxed food at Manna is available to anyone who wants to stop by the Brick Church between 12:30 and 4 p.m. today. (Friday) The Brick Church is located at 126 Union Street in Bangor, on the corner of Union and Main Streets.

Food pantries have had to change their manner of doing business, during the pandemic, including Manna. They're still serving meals from 4:15 to 5 p.m. weekdays, but the food is now packaged 'to go.' In addition, their food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Manna is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5, and is always accepting donations of non-perishable food items. Right now, they have a need for individual bottles of water, that they can give to Bangor's homeless population. Rae says these folks can't just go home, like the rest of us, and get a glass of water on an extremely hot and humid day. Donations can be left on the steps, by the door to the church.