First responders raise 32,000 healthy meals during 2022 donut strike for bonanza:


Final totals are known for the 2022 donut strike for Manna as seven police and fire departments from Escambia and Santa Rosa team up again to fight hunger.

They collected the equivalent of 32,694 healthy meals for hungry neighbors in need served by Manna Food Bank. This year’s event pushed total first responder contributions since 2017 past the 100,000 meal mark, to nearly 130,000 healthy meals for children and families in need.

Participating agencies include Escambia County Fire Department, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Breeze Fire Department, Gulf Breeze Police Department, Pace Fire Rescue District, Pensacola Fire Department and the Pensacola Police Department.

“Local law enforcement and firefighters are not just our everyday heroes; they are also our hunger heroes,” said DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna. “Families are struggling to make ends meet this summer. Our first responders have generously answered the call to bring change to their neighbors in need.

The first responders went on strike against donuts from June 22-24 to encourage the community to fight local hunger by supporting Manna.

Pictured: Collecting food during the Donut Strike for Manna at Winn Dixie in Cantonment and Publix. Photos for, click to enlarge.


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