We’re Founders & Directors of Manna Café CI, a 501(c)3 non-profit feeding program.
For many years, we’ve volunteered in our communities to help people and volunteered for organizations that work to end hunger, including: Rise Against Hunger, Samaritan’s Purse and Feeding America.
During the summer of 2009, we moved from Central NJ to the beautiful island of Chincoteague. In January 2017, we started Manna Café CI to feed people’s bodies and their souls. The first 2 Mondays of every month, we work with a team of passionate hard-working volunteers to spread the Light by serving free hot lunches and delivering free hot lunches to homebound people. We believe God gives each of us gifts and we’re supposed to use them to spread love and kindness. We consider it a blessing to serve our community!
We've received the 2018 Good Samaritan Award from the Electric Co-operatives of VA, MD and DE for “Concern for the Community;" the 2019 Outstanding Citizens Award from the Eastern Shore of VA Chamber of Commerce “In recognition of outstanding contribution to the Eastern Shore Communities," and the 2021 Citizens of the Year Award from the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, Manna Café CI received the Better Delmarva WMDT/Mountaire Award “For going above and beyond to help people on the Eastern Shore."
I’ve been involved in community service and advocacy since I was young, having been an active member of Girl Scouts and my church's youth group.
During my time in nursing school, I also participated in organizing and presenting a community health service project on the subject of proper oral care for older adults. Through faith-based, social and educational organizations, I’ve been able to serve my community and foster a passion for helping others.
I’ve been a passionate activist with organizations that have the goal of ending hunger in our lifetime including Rise Against Hunger. I began volunteering at Manna Café CI in 2017.
I currently reside in Princeton New Jersey with my mischievous cat Morty and visit the beautiful island of Chincoteague whenever I can. I work as an oncology nurse navigator .
I’m a pastry chef turned entrepreneur and I’ve been involved with Manna Café CI since its beginning in 2017.
What started as a desire to help people and a need for a reason to make delicious baked goods, grew into a love for this organization and the many needs it meets for the community. My culinary background is helpful to Manna Café CI for coming up with meal ideas and sourcing ingredients. I also contribute to fundraising dinners and lunches by preparing desserts.
I’ve been actively involved with volunteer work since I was a teen.
My husband Dylan, brother-in-law Nate, sister-in-law Kate and I are chefs and owners of Pico Taqueria on Chincoteague Island. We help raise funds for Manna Café CI as well as donate food. We love the community of Chincoteague and how Manna Café CI is helping. And, I look forward to helping the organization grow and prosper.