MannaFest began in 1999 as a joint outreach effort between local Christian churches to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for needy neighbors in Polk County. Take-home food boxes were added as a result of requests made by representatives from the Department of State Health Services and Community Action, both of whom saw the need to help families over the holiday weekend. Over the years, other ministries have been added as efforts to assist our neighbors continue to expand.
MannaFest was approved as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 2001. This allowed the organization to become a member of the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, which provides the ability to purchase many food items through the Food Bank at the current rate of 16 cents per pound.
Land was purchased at 803 W. Feagin in 2002 and a food pantry and storage warehouse was constructed. The pantry, where food, hygiene items, and God's love are shared, has been in operation since December, 2002.
MannaFest is an equal opportunity provider.