Fresh News

It’s our mission to involve, educate and unite people in the work of ending hunger. Fresh News keeps you up-to-date on the latest MANNA events and benefits and provides updates and stories highlighting the impact of our current programs and food distribution. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

Doing Whatever it Takes

The Western North Carolina Report of Hunger in America 2014 provides a snapshot of the people in our region struggling with hunger. With 80 percent of the households that sought food assistance surviving on $20,000 or less a year, and 60 percent living on $10,000 or less a year, it comes as little surprise that spending… Read more »

Bank of America Offers 2:1 Match for MANNA

Bank of America Works to End Hunger with 2:1 Match Many of our supporters know that every $1 that is donated to MANNA FoodBank can provide enough food for three meals. Thanks to Bank of America, now through December 31st, every $1 can mean 9 meals! Through Give A Meal, for every dollar donated to… Read more »

Holiday Card Design Contest

MANNA FoodBank is accepting submissions for our 1st ever holiday card design contest. Our holiday card from last year is pictured. The selected design will be sent to thousands of MANNA supporters in the form of a printed card and an e-card. The artist will be recognized on the back of the printed card and… Read more »

Trading Off Until There is Nothing Left

Have you had to choose between paying for food and paying for health care in the last year?” Clients in the Hunger in America 2014 study were asked questions like this one for the first time since the study began in 1994. The answers they gave help to provide a snapshot of what life is… Read more »

Empty Bowls: Broken Records But Bowls Remain Intact

  The Empty Bowls luncheon and dinner events were a great success thanks to our donors, sponsors, entertainers and attendees. We raised $48,923.87, which will provide food for 146,772 meals! We also beat our previous ticket sales record…by one ticket! We already can’t wait until next year.  

September Happenings

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve… Read more »

Number of People Seeking Food Assistance Increases in WNC

Largest, Most Comprehensive Analysis of Charitable Food Assistance in America Reports 107,600 Served by MANNA FoodBank Annually A new study by Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization, shows that an estimated 107,600 people in Western North Carolina turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This is… Read more »

Empty Bowls on September 15th

Empty Bowls is the centerpiece event of Hunger Action Month. It’s a celebration of community, art, and collaboration while bringing awareness to the very real problem of hunger.  This year Empty Bowls is on Monday, September 15th, and it is MANNA’s 13th year of sponsorship. Special thanks to this year’s food donors which include: Annie’s Breads,… Read more »

14 Million Pounds and Counting…

  A letter from MANNA Food Bank Executive Director, Cindy Threlkeld: As MANNA wraps up our fiscal year, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support.   We become so engaged in the logistics and daily challenges that we don’t often pause to look at what we have accomplished in partnership with… Read more »

Community Leader, Advocate, Visionary: Leigh Pettus Retires After 22 Years at MANNA

As I wind down 22 years at MANNA FoodBank, I would like to thank all who have supported me: the partner agency heroes, volunteers, VISTAs and AmeriCorps members, current and former staff, colleagues near and far, food and financial donors, my family and friends. MANNA has a unique role and responsibility as a catalyst and… Read more »