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 Manning food pantry now open

C3 representatives Pastor Bob Riggert and Mindi Boyle, left, recently thanked Ruth Ohde for her donation of a freezer and a refrigerator which helped to enable opening of the Manning Food Pantry Jan. 31. Mary Greving, far right, of New Opportunities, has provided valuable assistance in establishing the food bank.

Manning’s Food Pantry officially opened Jan. 31. Generous donations of cash, labor and food have enabled the site, in the back of the State Farm office, to be transformed into a functional food bank to benefit area residents.

Mary Greving of New Opportunities has provided valuable assistance for the Manning project, educating and leading volunteers through the process. Tentatively, Manning churches are taking turns operating the pantry each Saturday morning from 8:00-10:00 am. Families can use the pantry by appointment.

New Opportunities in Carroll will set up appointments and handle the paperwork until someone can be hired to oversee the pantry. A volunteer, age 55 or older, is currently being sought. Families may call to set up appointments anytime during the week. They may contact Albina Tigges, food pantry coordinator, at 712.792.9266 ext. 720. She can provide information on income and other eligibility guidelines. Once a family is registered, they may obtain a food box from the pantry once a month. Food items may include: frozen meat, canned vegetables, cereal, soups, tuna, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc. There is no charge. The pantry will serve individuals and families in the IKM-Manning School district.

Many people have asked Greving about the Manning site. She said several families picked up food in Manning on Jan. 21 after making appointments. New Opportunities staff members came down and allowed the families to receive food and alleviated the need for them to drive out of town.

The pantry entrance is one-half block off Main Street, the back of the office at 318 Main. Anyone utilizing the food pantry must use the alley entrance.

As operations get rolling for the pantry, Greving is making application for Manning to be recognized as a food pantry so it can utilize the Food Bank of Iowa where commodities can be purchased for a very low price – 14-cents per pound.

“It allows donated dollars to go a lot farther,” said Greving. “I can fill the back of my truck for $100.”

In order to qualify, Manning’s pantry must operate for 90 days with an ongoing food program and show that people are using it. For that reason, local donations to the pantry will be especially important during February, March and April. Organizations hosting gatherings, such as a soup supper, are encouraged to have food drives in conjunction so Manning can keep the shelves stocked for the first 90 days. Cash donations are also extremely helpful. West Street Market has already offered to provide a collection spot near the front of the grocery store.

Churches are going to try to communicate immediate needs at the pantry. Right now, for example, there is a large supply of canned corn and green beans; however, there is a shortage of boxed meals, such as hamburger helper, breakfast cereal and personal hygiene products.

Ruth Ohde helped to open the pantry with a donation of $1,000 to purchase a freezer. She later offered to expand her donation to also cover the cost of a refrigerator. She said, let’s just get them, get it done and get this open.

Greving will train volunteers, explain the process, the need for confidentiality, and the format for stocking shelves so that a family’s selections can be filled quickly.

Pastor Bob Riggert commented on the pantry support and the generosity of people to bring this project to fruition. Mindi Boyle stated a lot of people pulled together to make this happen.

The project, iniatiated by Manning’s C3 organization, gained its start when State Farm agent Kirk Huehn offered use of the back of his office at no cost.

C3 volunteers, along with a team of volunteers from Walmart and some local residents, helped to clean, paint and prepare the space. Manning Betterment Foundation donated shelving, a key component to the project. Karl Rutz spray painted the shelving backboards and a ceiling. John, Scott and Jason Opperman and Trey Boyle helped to assemble the shelving.

Approximately a dozen CCD youths cleaned the shelves and began placing foods at the designated places, Bob and Lois Stessman collected food donations at Manning Pharmacy. Mindi Boyle has also played a key role in coordinating efforts and keeping the project moving forward. Further improvements to the building are in store as Boy Scout Kevin Davis plans to make improvements for his Eagle Scout project. With his father, Mike, they want to put a finish on the floor, add sheet rock, handrails, an adjustable ramp, and more.

Anyone wanting to financially donate to the pantry may contact their church, Rhonda Grimm, 712.653.2008 or Bob Riggert, 712.655.2104.

Construction of a Manning assisted living campus to begin this spring

Major development south of the Manning school will bring a 36-unit assisted living campus to Manning this year. Jeanine Chartier of Lawton and her husband Stan will go ahead with construction as soon as weather permits.

The couple own and operate two facilities. Char-Mac Assisted-living in Lawton opened in 2000. Char-Mac of Holstein opened in 2005, and was expanded for Senior-living in 2012. The Char-Mac programs have been recognized by the Iowa Center for Assisted Living and the National Center for Assisted Living as top award-winning premiere facilities in the region.

Char-Mac has had repeated perfect State of Iowa surveys performed by the department of Inspections and Appeals and received the Iowa Venture Award in 2012 for rural economic development.

“We had been looking for a third campus site that was within reasonable distance from our other locations. We were invited to look at Manning. It’s a progressive town and with the new hospital going in, I think it is going to be a wonderful addition,” said Chartier. “We love what we do. Char-Mac’s goal is to provide excellence in care to our tenants.”

Char-Mac programs provide an inviting atmosphere where seniors can get personal assistance with medication administration, bathing, dressing, and ambulation, among other services.

The Char-Mac campus planned for Manning will have 36 apartments with kitchenettes and private bath/shower facilities. Some of the apartments are designed for single occupants, some for couples.

She said, “Other amenities will include a common dining room where three home-cooked meals are prepared each day, a beautiful lounge for entertaining family and friends, an activity/exercise room, and a TV/theater room. Laundry facilities will be onsite, as well.”

Manning’s Char-Mac campus will be located on 10 acres of property south of the school. Of the 10 acre site, only about four acres will be developed at this time. Much of it will be green space for now, allowing the ability to expand later if needed.

Chartier acquired the property from owner Larry and Sue Stangl who donated six of the 10 acres to the project. She has worked closely with Stangl over the past year. She said he has been very instrumental in bringing Char-Mac to Manning.



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