Serving the Best Since 1983
Serving the Best Since 1983

About us


Manna House exists to eliminate hunger and food insecurity through perishable and nonperishable food distribution, soup kitchen, and promoting nutrition.  We believe in our mission to instill hope, family togetherness, community bondedness, citizenship, and self-reliance.

Manna House Information

  • No paid staff  
  • Teams are usually 6-8 people
  • We serve from 11:30 to 1 every day 
  • We receive no government assistance from the state or federal Governments   
  • We own the building
  • The average day is 289 meals served 
  • The cost is $2.52 per meal
  • pre covid it was $1.85

· Meet Our Team ·

Preston Kirkendall

President of the Board

Fred Coolidge


Jim Crandall


Amy Crandall

Volunteer Coordinator

History of Manna House of Brunswick

In January 1983 then-Mayor of Brunswick, Reggie Holzendorf, invited community members to a conference.

The purpose: To decide what was the most needed in the community and to find a way to fill that need. Some 50 conferees, clergy, people in business, and civic club representatives were practically unanimous in proposing that a soup and sandwich kitchen be established to benefit the needy within the county.

The steering committee formed at that conference went to work immediately.

They found a vacant residence that appeared suitable. The lease negotiated with the owners provided minimal rent. Still, it required that the lessees perform any necessary re-refurbishment o the property and perform all maintenance during the lease period. The caring people of Glynn County responded when called upon for assistance. Local businesses provided materials, contractors provided labor, and the fact that something was being done to benefit the community provided motivation.

As the renovation of the old house proceeded, the City and County governments agreed to support the operation for one year by making up for funds that could not be raised through contributions. A board of Directors was elected, and Reverend E.C. Tillman of Shiloh Baptist Church, a steering committee member, proposed a name for the organization, which was immediately adopted: Manna House. A plea for support was directed to churches, businesses, and civic organizations within Glynn County. Board of Directors members visited similar operations in Savannah, Jacksonville, Waycross, and Valdosta to gather “know-how” and get advice on starting up and maintaining operations.

Manna House opened its doors to Glynn County needy in Sept 1983, and despite some difficulties and many disparaging predictions that it wouldn’t last two years — it has remained open ever since.



Our volunteers are at the heart of the Manna House and help us touch more lives daily. You can volunteer today. Together we do more. 


You can raise money to alleviate hunger and food insecurities for children and families. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and your help is vital. Here are some ideas, but we welcome your support.

  • Create a fundraiser to celebrate your birthday, for your special event, or just because you want to help. 


Leave a legacy to help us make a sustainable impact. Here are a few ways to make a planned gift:

  • Bequests: Include the Manna House in your will or living trust.
  • Memorials and Endowments: Make a gift in your name or the name of a loved one.

Your attorney or advisor may ask for the following information:

Legal Name: Manna House of Brunswick Inc
EIN: 58-2020123
105 Arthur Ln
Brunswick, GA 31523

Phone: (912) 264-1594



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