(Photo Courtesy of Nutritional Development Services)

Archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services (NDS) kicked off its annual “Manna Sunday” food drive May 21 to benefit area individuals and families facing hunger and food insecurity throughout the five-county region.

For more than 45 years, the agency has relied on the drive  — named for the edible substance God provided the Israelites during their 40-year journey in the desert (Ex 16:4-36) — to prepares for the “desert” of the summer months when donations at its food pantries historically drop to low levels.

Those interested in supporting NDS can purchase healthy, non-perishable items online through You Give Goods.

All goods donated online through Saturday, June 3 will benefit a network of 50 food cupboards throughout the Greater Philadelphia region supported by NDS including five food cupboards operated by Catholic Social Services, five soup kitchens, and numerous community outreach programs.

In addition to its online efforts, NDS’ Community Food Program has teamed up with archdiocesan parishes to collect supplies.


For more information, please contact Denise Hopkins, administrator of the NDS Community Food Program, at 215-895-3470 ext. 77823 or dhopkins@ndsarch.org.