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Manna History

Manna Food From Heaven Ministries History

Let brotherly love continue, be not forgetful to entertain strangers:
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13;1-2










The homeless ministry started out as a mission project for the Mount Gillion Baptist Church youth department in December of 1992 where Deacon Melvin Hodge and Brother David Sims served as supervisors. We would provide a holiday dinner along with gifts and toys to the Zelma George homeless shelter and as time passed we expanded our efforts to two more women and children shelters.


In January 1996 at the recommendation of sister Seria (RE-RE) Rasheed, our street ministry started. We did all the cooking at Mount Gillion Baptist Church where we also fed the homeless and hungry. The first time we went out to the streets of Cleveland to feed was on January 13, 1996.

It was overwhelming to see so many people living on the streets of downtown Cleveland. We had prepared 100 dinners and soon ran out. Then we decided to do more and added another weekend to our feeding. After the first month we were told about the other shelters at 18th street, davenport and salvation army P.A.S.S (Pickup Assist Shelter Services) all of them for men. We soon learned of the women shelters at 30th Euclid and 22nd payne. The smell and condition of all except P.A.S.S was beyond belief that human beings had to live like this. For the next four years we cooked and delivered dinners from Mt. Gillion Baptist Church.

July 8, 2000 we partnered with the Salvation Army P.A.S.S program and they opened up their kitchen for us to use. Due to conflicts with dates at the church and the growth of the project the move became permanent.


After more problems and the situation grew worse, on March 5, 2001 while getting ready for church and praying on how we would continue the homeless mission, the lord spoke ”MANNA”. Manna is a Hebrew word that was given by the Israelites to the food miraculously supplied to them during their wandering in the wilderness. (Exodus 16:15-35) Thus Manna Food From Heaven was born. On June 6, 2001 Manna Food From Heaven Ministries became an independent organization. From March until July Manna survived off the prayers and generosity of a few; sis. Ruby Hughley. Bro. David Sims, Deacon Melvin Hodge, Sis. Eleanor Lett, Sis. Mattie Canidate, Sis. Ruby Brumfield and Sis Shirley Sealey.

In August of 2001 Pastor Dewitt Chappell and the Everlasting Baptist Church partnered with Manna Food from Heaven Ministries and pledged the second Sunday of the month benevolent offering to Manna Food from Heaven Ministries.

Manna Food from Heaven Ministries is a non-profit organization consisting of a group of Christian men and women from the following various churches and pastors: Agape ministries (Pastors Gary and Kawanda Williams) Everlasting Baptist Church (Pastor Dewitt Chappell), Love Center Interdenominational church (Pastor Paul Carrington), Straightway Christian Community church (Pastors Wayne and Debra France), Greater Koinonia Covenant church, Fellowship Baptist church, Grace Fundamental Baptist church, Mount Gillion Baptist church, Mount Zion of the Brethren church, New Bethlehem Baptist church and The Word “church. Our mission is to provide a hot, home cooked, well-balance meal twice a month.

Through not just feeding the body food but also feeding the spirit of these homeless individuals souls have been added to the body of Christ at the Mt. Gillion Baptist church, Everlasting Baptist church and Straightway Christian Community church.

2002 - 2006

On August 24, 2002 we moved to 2100 Lakeside place (Salvation Army) to prepare and serve the meals. During this year we launched our website that was donated and maintained by Minister Ray Harris from RaHa1 Web Designs.

“The Word” Church Outreach ministry, Minister’s in training and Deacons partnered with Manna Food From Heaven by sending men, women and children to the shelters to help prepare, serve and minister to the residents. Over 300 men have been led to Christ. For the past six years Pastor Paul Carrington and Pastor Dewitt Chappell have supported Manna with no reservation; doing and giving where ever it was needed.
2007 - 2012

Partnered with the following Companies and their employees:


Mrs. Nina Lewis & Family

Kerri Jefferson

Progressive Insurance & Employees

AT&T employees

Booz Allen Hamilton & Employees

Farmer Insurance & Employees

PP&G & Employees


Some accomplishment over the years:

  • May of 2002 applied for our Federal EIN on September 12, 2005 award.
  • Applied and became a member of the Cleveland Foodbank March 2003.
  • Join with Bro. John Cannon and The Potter’s House Ministries to provide a hot breakfast for the seniors at Famico Bibi Center on the 1st Saturday of the month 2003 -2004.
  • Provided assistance with gas bill for a disabled father of four to keep their gas on. Also provided groceries for them.
  • October of 2003 held our first Homeless Seminar for “Women Reaching Women” Ministries at the Murtis H. Taylor Center.
  • Joined with The Mary Grace Network in 2003 and 2004 with the Dignity Fair at Cuyahoga Community College and fed over 5000 people.
  • “THE WORD” Church Outreach ministry  join with Manna to help serve at 2100 Lakeside, over 200 members has been and still come to prepare, minister and serve at both the men and women shelters.
  • The Deacons and Men of “THE WORD” Church have been at 2100 lakeside Ave sharing the WORD OF GOD with the men.
  • Every 4th Saturday of the month we treat the women at the  Norma Herr Women Shelter to a free manicure with Polish with a Purpose.
  • Join Maria Bonner and Full of Grace Ministries with Back 2 School with JESUS provide over 400 book bags and food for over 500 families.
  • On December 27, 2009 purchased our first van.
  • January of 2010 started serving lunch once a week at both LMM and Norma Herr.
  • Every Christmas since 2002 the Share A Christmas Dream has given away over 10,000 toys and gifts.
  • Provide groceries to families in need.
  • As of 2011 309 men or women have been led to CHRIST.
  • April 9, 2012 purchased a Chevy box truck to convert into a Manna Mobile Kitchen.
  • April 14, 2012 Grilled over 500 steaks for our Resurrection Dinner.
  • Over 500,000 meals has been distributed to the homeless and hungry in Cuyahoga county.
  • July 13, 2019 Elder Mike Harris came down and GRILLED STEAK AND PORK CHOPS