Gerry Lipski and his husband, Randy Fox, have been volunteering at MANNA on the vacation for about 30 years.
“I don’t know what Thanksgiving can be with out it,” Lipski mentioned.
Carrying a turkey hat, Lipski couldn’t be missed as he referred to as out directions and assisted within the meeting traces on the second-floor kitchens at MANNA headquarters in Spring Backyard.
Through the years, he and Fox have taken the lead of the Thanksgiving distribution, which feeds greater than 3,600 folks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs, and South Jersey.
The dimensions and scope of the group has considerably grown since its inception in 1990. Then, the principle focus was supporting folks with HIV/AIDS.
“Again then, it was principally a dying sentence, and there was additionally a stigma,” Lipski mentioned. “We’d go to the consumer’s home…and generally we’d be the one folks they’d see all week. Not solely would we ship the meal, we’d sit with them, we’d do their laundry, stroll their animals, feed their pets.”
At the moment, MANNA continues to serve folks dwelling with HIV/AIDS, but in addition offers meals, diet schooling, and counseling to folks dwelling with most cancers, kidney illness, coronary heart illness, diabetes, and different medical circumstances.
The group employs a group of dieticians, researchers, and different professionals who tailor meals and packages to folks’s particular well being circumstances.
“Folks depart the hospital with their discharge orders and so they get advised the place to go to choose up their drugs, the place they will go for his or her chemo and radiation or bodily remedy,” Daugherty mentioned. “After which usually there’s a really difficult food regimen. What we hear from our purchasers time and again, is that it’s such a aid that we are able to take away that burden from them.”