A Green Bay food pantry and resource center planned Sunday to be moved-in and operating out of their new renovated building, but it did not happen.
After a long, cold winter that drove up utility bills and promised donations that never came, Manna For Life Ministries is behind on their bills and in danger of closing. They've been helping those in need in the community for 17 years and now, they need help.
Volunteer Melissa Foley knows first hand how life can add up. Just a few years ago she had a heart attack, then lost her job.
"We were living in our tents, and this is where we would come 'cause they had the soup kitchen," said Foley.
Now she's back on her feet and volunteering at Manna for Life's Thrift Store.
"I love it. I love doing it for people, because I know what it's like, you know to not have or need or your kids are hungry."
Founder Jim Hogensen says she is just one of thousands of residents they've served. Now after 17 years of helping others, they need help.
"The fact is that we do have to move, and so we purchased the building across the street last year and we started remodeling it," he said.
The long cold winter drove costs up higher than they expected.
"Oh my goodness, between these two facilities we just have huge utility bills," said Hogensen.
And a large pledged donation never arrived.
"It just basically stopped what we were doing except for small minor things."
Bills are piling up and Hogensen doesn't know what to do. He says they are running out of time.
"I don't even want to think of what the worst scenario would be," he said.
But they are not without hope.
"It'll happen," said Foley. "No matter how long it takes, we'll be there! Yep no doubt at all."
If you would like to help Manna For Life stay open and continue providing food and other services to community members in need, you can donate here:
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:16:45 GMT
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