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Nonprofit president steps down
After more than 20 years at the helm of Manna House, a food kitchen in the heart Brunswick that has fed thousands of people over the years, Don Herrman has decided to step down.

The ministry, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and G Street, has provided hot meals to the hungry and homeless of Brunswick for decades, and will continue to do so, Herrman said.

Herrman, president of the board of the nonprofit community kitchen, has been instrumental in organizing individuals, church groups and civic organizations to staff the kitchen and prepare daily meals for indigent people for more than 20 years.

Herrman, who is recovering from surgery, told the board Thursday, however, that it is time for him to end his involvement. "It has been a privilege, an honor and a joy to serve as president of Manna House for these last 20-plus years," Herrman wrote Thursday in an email.

Herrman acknowledged the importance of Manna House to the community and said he hopes a dedicated individual can be found to succeed him.

People who knew Herrman lauded his work and his loyalty to feeding the hungry.

He will be missed, said outgoing Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson, adding that the thought of Manna House brings Herrman's to mind.

"Don Herrman was Manna House," Thompson said. "Every memory I have of Manna House has Don right in the middle of it - everything from expanding their services to even him and me working together a number of years ago, before I was even mayor, to help find (the current) location for Manna House. Don really spearheaded that," Thompson said.

Thompson said Herrman has been an important figure in the community and crucial to Manna House's impact on the area.

"Hopefully they will find someone with the same passion and dedication Don had to carry it on," Thompson said.

The Rev. Wright Culpepper, executive director of FaithWorks, which operates several social services programs, including Sparrows Nest food bank, said Herrman's leadership will be missed.

"Don's been a good leader in helping to create opportunities for people to serve the community and population," Culpepper said.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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