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.

Healthy Harvest: Supporter Spotlight, November 2016

Food Donors Step Up with Fresh Produce Back in July, we highlighted some of our retail store partners and other supporting partners in the food industry. All through this past summer we saw a large surge in fresh produce made available to MANNA. The completion of our new commercial-sized cooler space in mid June was… Read more »

Join Us for the 24th Annual Ingles Giving Tree Lighting!

Ingles Markets and MANNA FoodBank invite the community to attend the 24th annual lighting of the Ingles Giving Tree at the Asheville Mall on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. The Giving Tree is a large-scale construction of 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food items donated by Ingles Markets, and is constructed and decorated by MANNA… Read more »

*UPDATE: The Match Has Been Met!* Triple Your Impact Now Through Dec. 31!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that donated to this campaign, we have met our maximum matched funds! We are so grateful to all of our donors that utilized this special matching campaign to make your gift to MANNA FoodBank over the holidays. You can still make your gift through our online donation page for your end-of-year… Read more »

WNC’s Growing Need for Food

Since the Great Recession of 2008, MANNA FoodBank and MANNA’s partner pantry network have worked tirelessly to address a huge increase in the need for food assistance across the 16 western counties of the state. In the last decade, MANNA has increased food distribution by 175% to address the rapidly growing need for food. In 2015, MANNA distributed 15.7 million… Read more »

Partners in Nutrition: MANNA FoodBank, Mission Health, and YMCA

Nutrition Works: MANNA partners with Mission Health Partners and the YMCA on Nutrition Initiatives We are thrilled to announce a new partnership for health in WNC, through a grant given by the Mission Health Community Investment program. The $65,000 grant will support two initiatives at MANNA: nutrition and health education activities at pantry sites across… Read more »

A NEW RECORD for Empty Bowls!

Thanks to the talented potters, culinary sponsors, ticket holders, and event sponsors, the 15th Empty Bowls fundraiser has set a NEW record. It is great pleasure, and humble gratitude, that we are pleased to announce this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser was our most successful Empty Bowls EVER! We outpaced last year’s new record by almost 15%, and are… Read more »

Feeding WNC: Supporter Spotlight, September 2016

Support from Appalachian Region Porsche Club of America, Feeding America, Walmart Foundation, and TD Charitable Foundation Help MANNA Feed WNC Here at MANNA, our work to source and provide food to people across Western North Carolina with hope and dignity is our top priority. We could not do this vital work without the commitment and support… Read more »

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Changing the Plate For Good

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Impact Is Making a Difference for WNC Families We often talk about how people can make an impact in the fight against hunger here in the mountains of North Carolina. In our line of work, that impact is measureable: Food donations go straight to those that need them; fund donations support and expand our… Read more »

Dedicated Day Shifts: MANNA’s Weekly Volunteer Corp

Fighting Hunger Every Week Nils and Joan Nelson have had a standing date every week for the last two and a half years, a regular commitment to which many couples aspire, but this is no ordinary date. It is in a warehouse surrounded by forklifts, banana boxes, dented cans, and involves about 33 other people, depending on the time… Read more »

Empty Bowls: The People that Make It Happen

Mountain Communities Come Together to Address Food Insecurity This year marks MANNA’s 15th Empty Bowls fundraiser, one of two major fundraisers held every year to help support our daily activities of sourcing, warehousing, and distributing food across Western North Carolina. This unique event unites community, art, food and collaboration while bringing awareness to the very real problem of hunger…. Read more »