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A Reflection on Volunteering with MANNA

Posted by ImageFIRST on Aug 2, 2017 2:18:31 PM

On June 23rd this year, eleven associates from the ImageFIRST Corporate Office volunteered with MANNA by helping prepare meals for the patients they serve in the Philadelphia area.

MANNA is a nonprofit organization which was founded in 1990 by seven kind-hearted members of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. They serve patients with life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering over 15,000 nutritious, medically-appropriate meals a week to community members facing conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS and renal disease.

When they arrived at MANNA, our fellow associates were greeted by friendly faces ready to teach them techniques in sanitization and food prep. MANNA's chefs taught the group from ImageFIRST Corporate Office how to slice and prepare more than 200 sandwiches, 500 pounds of onions, and 300 pounds of broccoli for that day's patient meals.

Magali Tranié, our Director of Marketing, recalls that, "Our associates carpooled and worked together, turning the community giving event into a team building event as well." The enthusiasm of all parties involved only contributed further to the motivation of our volunteers.

An Organization With a History of Helping

MANNA’s first mission was to comfort the many people dying of AIDS at a time when ignorance and a negative stigma had caused friends and family to turn their backs on those suffering from the disease. It was the unfortunate truth that most of the patients that came to MANNA had no one else to turn to for the love and care they truly needed.

Today, MANNA has expanded its reach to provide proper nutrition to those with cancer, renal disease, cardiac disease, and diabetes. The organization's staff serves thousands of meals a week to people whose lives can drastically improve with hope, care and compassion.

ImageFIRST Community Giving

As the nation's top provider of patient gowns, linens, and scrub uniforms in Raleigh, NC, and healthcare facilities throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico, ImageFIRST associates understand the necessity of compassionate care.

Each ImageFIRST location is part of a greater ImageFIRST family of staff that not only provides medical uniform scrubs in Raleigh, NC, and its surrounding areas but makes an effort to give back to our community. Our company Purpose highlights the drive behind our quarterly donations and volunteer work: We want to build a great company by positively impacting the lives of our associates, our community, our customers and their patients.

Learn more about ImageFIRST’s Purpose and our ongoing community giving events by exploring our website or calling your nearest ImageFIRST location at 1-800-932-7472.