The Manna Market food recovery program receives food from local grocers that is near the end of its shelf life or usefulness. A Second Harvest Heartland Food Rescue Driver collects donated food. The drivers are certified food handlers trained to the standards required by the Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Agriculture. They operate seven refrigerated trucks and guarantee safe pickup and delivery of food donations.
A Sampling of Food Rescue Donors: Target, Wal*mart, Sam’s Club, Cub Foods, Kowalski’s, Lunds, Byerly’s, Roundy’s, and Mississippi Market.
Food is delivered to the Refuge of Hope Church on every Friday around 2:30pm. Volunteers unload and sort the food. Registration opens at 5:00pm. Upon registration, a numbered ticket is given to each person. Starting at 5:30, ticket numbers are called at random and the person may enter the food line and receive food items.
Manna Market in Andover serves the following cities: Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Cedar, East Bethel, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, Linwood, Oak Grove, Ramsey, Stacy, and Wyoming.
2:30 – 5:00 Delivery, unloading, and sorting
5:00 – 5:30 Group 1 registration
5:30 – 6:00 Group 2 registration
5:30 – 7:00 Distribution for Group 1
7:00 – 7:45 Distribution for Group 2
7:45 – 8:30 Cleanup
Volunteers are the biggest part of the Manna Market program. We encourage people to give back to their community by serving as a volunteer. We need volunteers to unload and sort the food at 2:30pm as well as help distributing and carry boxes for people going through the line. This is your invitation! All you need to do is show up and start helping.
We use the term “Manna Market” because of the following:
“Manna” because we read in Exodus 16:15 that the heavenly bread fell and the children of Israel saw it and called it Manna. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat”. They were supposed to take only what they needed and eat it that day otherwise it would spoil.
“Market” because we allow our guest to choose the foods they want.
1) One ticket per address.
- Two families, two brothers, or father & son living at the same address get only one ticket.
2) A Carpool is two or more tickets combined into one ticket and those people are riding in the same car.
- This is to help prevent boxes getting mixed up during pickup and because our parking lot is full.
- Example: a carpool of 3 means there are 3 people who live at different addresses and who are riding in the same car.
- If you are riding in separate cars then that is NOT a carpool.
3) The volunteer food monitor will tell you how much of one item you can take. Please follow their instructions.
Sample registration form
Refuge of Hope Church 16060 Crosstown Blvd Andover, MN 55304
Every effort is made to ensure the food you receive from Manna Market is in the best possible condition. We are not responsible for any problems that might occur from using products from this food recovery program. I agree that all food items given to me are a donation and are as is. I understand that the final judgment of quality and suitability for use is with the person accepting the donation.
This food donation is for personal use only and is not to be returned to the stores from which it came.
City:____________________ State:_____ Zip:_________
_______ Total Number of people living in your house
_______ Children ( 0 – 17 years old)
_______ Adults ( 18 – 64 years old)
_______ Seniors ( 65+ years old)
_______ $ Total yearly income of all in your house
(yes no) Is your family in crisis?
(yes no) Would you like someone to pray for you?
(yes no) Would you like a home bible study?