Advocate for Our Neighbors Facing Hunger

MANNA FoodBank is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to highlighting the issues affecting the people we serve in Western North Carolina. 

On Wednesday, September 28, the White House will be hosting the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. This is the first conference the White House is hosting on hunger and food insecurity in over 50 years. The previous conference led to the creation of essential programs, such as school lunch programs, WIC and food labeling. 

If you want to view the Conference, a virtual option will be provided. To stay up-to-date with the Conference and all of our advocacy initiatives, sign up for our Advocacy newsletter

At MANNA, we are committed to serving marginalized communities in ways that value who they are, their lived experiences, and their unique barriers to accessing food. We are developing solutions to hunger that are community-driven, equitable, accessible, honor a diversity of needs, and value everyone. Our food programs and public policy efforts aim to build a society where everyone can live, learn, work and thrive—because having enough food is a fundamental human right. 

This commitment to advocating for the people we serve includes connecting directly with elected representatives, highlighting the issues that directly affect the people we serve, and partnering with advocacy-focused organizations to build a movement of engagement and support at every level – in addition to our daily work to source and distribute food to thousands of our friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us. 

Food for Today. Learn about food insecurity in your neighborhood by supporting local food pantries and community markets. MANNA works with hundreds of partners who distribute food to communities throughout Western North Carolina. Find a partner close to your neighborhood on our Food Finder map, connect with them on what the need for food in your neighborhood looks like, and how you can support this work right in your own community. To see our partners’ food distributions in action, check out our WNC Food Distributions playlist on our YouTube channel.

Food for Tomorrow, and for a Lifetime. MANNA is dedicated to engaging in longer-term solutions that will secure food for Western North Carolinians today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime. MANNA’s Helpline and outreach staff and volunteers work daily to help connect people to the programs that help put food on peoples’ plates today and tomorrow, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps). MANNA is also working to build community-led solutions at mobile market distributions by partnering with businesses and nonprofits who provide information and services to address needs beyond food.

How You Can Help

Register to Vote

Participating in the democratic voting process can have a major impact on influencing the legislation and policy that affect peoples’ daily lives. As a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, MANNA is dedicated to working with our elected representatives – both locally, at the state level, and nationally – to find solutions that support the people we serve. Register to vote, and be part of a larger solution to end hunger nationwide. 
Check your voter registration status here

Learn more about why voting is important to the collective work to address hunger by watching our video:
Your Voice Matters: Register to Vote

Sign up for our monthly newsletter and advocacy action alerts here

Help us build a powerful movement to eliminate hunger in Western North Carolina. Through the concerted efforts of people like you, we can ensure that our elected representatives get the message: we must address food insecurity’s root causes so that we can eliminate hunger now and for the long-term. When we are better informed, and our representatives are better informed about the issues facing our communities, we can build better solutions together. 

MANNA’s monthly Fresh News newsletter keeps our community up-to-date on things happening at MANNA and the need for food across WNC. MANNA’s advocacy newsletter works to keep you informed about issues affecting our community, while providing simple actions that you can take to help create a hunger-free WNC. By signing up for the advocacy email list, you will also be a part of our alert system, which means that you will receive emails containing specific calls to action, such as contacting legislators during pivotal policy moments. 

Get Involved with MANNA


There are many ways to support the daily work to end hunger in WNC. One of the easiest ways is to make a donation. Learn more about the different ways you can help, and how powerful small donations truly are in helping to fuel the work to feed thousands of WNC families.


MANNA’s daily work is not possible without the caring hands of thousands of volunteers – volunteers truly are the “heartbeet” of MANNA! Learn about volunteering at MANNA, and how your time works to support the fabric of our WNC community.

Food Drives and Community Events

Another way to advocate for MANNA is to host a food drive, or get involved with a MANNA sponsored community event. You can even make a difference through your participation, volunteer efforts, or even by sharing the upcoming event on your social media networks.

Current State and National Representatives of MANNA’s 16-County Service Area

NC US Senators

Richard Burr (R)

Thom Tillis (R)

NC US Representatives

Madison Cawthorn (R) – 11th District

Virginia Foxx (R) – 5th District

NC State Senators

Chuck Edwards (R) – State Senator of District 48 – includes Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania County

Julie Mayfield (D) – State Senator of District 49 – includes Buncombe County

Kevin Corbin (R) – State Senator of District 50 – includes Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain County

Ralph Hise (R) – State Senator of District 47 – includes Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk and Yancey County

Warren Daniel (R) – State Senator of District 46 – includes Avery County

NC State Representatives

Brian Turner (D) – State Representative of District 116 – includes Buncombe County

Dudley Greene (R) – State Representative of District 85 – includes Avery County

Jake Johnson (R) – State Representative of District 113 – includes Henderson, Polk and Transylvania County

John Ager (D) – State Representative of District 115 – includes Buncombe County

Karl E. Gillespie (R) – State Representative of District 120 – includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon County

Mike Clampitt (R) – State Representative of District 119 – includes Haywood, Jackson and Swain County

Mark Pless (R) – State Representative of District 118 – includes Yancey, Madison and Haywood County

Currently Unrepresented – State Representative of District 114 – includes Buncombe County

Timothy D. Moffitt (R) – State Representative of District 117 – includes Henderson County