Update on Partnership Requests: Due to increased demand on our network of partners, and as good stewards of limited resources, MANNA is not accepting new applications for partnership at this time.
When the application process reopens priority will be given to agencies that meet the following criteria:
1. Food pantry and meal programs that are open to the public, with preference given to programs open at least two times per month
2. Minimum of 6 months experience in program management and oversight
3. Programs targeting underserved areas or populations in MANNA’s 16 county service area, or programs that run innovative feeding programs geared toward connecting at-risk populations with nutritious food
4. Programs committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion
If your agency was previously partnered with MANNA Food Bank and your account has been inactivated you will need to fully reapply once we begin accepting applications again.
If your agency was in the process of becoming a partner when Covid-19 crisis response began, the onboarding process will resume when we begin accepting applications. These agencies will have first priority once crisis response ends.
MANNA also has resources available that may benefit those in need in your community at this time.
MANNA Community Markets (MCM Page)
MANNA FoodBank Community Market delivers free food to communities across Western North Carolina. In partnership with local community organizations, the Community Market provides direct food assistance support for people living in WNC across the region, particularly focusing on communities with a high level of food insecurity.
HelpLine (Helpline Page)
Would you like more information about Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps)? Need help finding food assistance near you? FNS may be able to help make nutritious food more affordable for your family. Call the MANNA Food Helpline at 1-800-820-1109. The Helpline is available from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
MANNA Partner Agencies (Partner Agency Page)
While our partners are usually listed by county in our Food Finder tool, we are currently using a list that is updated daily in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Please see a list of current distributions here.
MANNA FoodBank as well as all of our partners throughout 16 counties are a part of the Feeding America network – the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country. The common mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. We aim for collaboration to provide excellent service with respect, integrity and urgency while being mindful and inclusive of our diverse population. We take our stewardship of donated food and money seriously and strive for transparency and accountability.
Feeding America provides a framework of best practices and a network of collaboration that enables food banks – that’s MANNA – to gather, store and distribute food to partner agencies. Those invaluable partners are the outlets that actually interact with the general public. Our partners are mostly donation funded and volunteer run; they provide much of the labor that gets food to the tables of families that need it most.
Benefits of Partnership Include:
- access to food donated to Feeding America affiliates
- mobile delivery of food to 15 of the 16 counties in our service area (Buncombe excepted)
- online ordering
- open shopping of salvage, produce and bread
- access to our Cooperative Buying Program (CBP)
Basic Requirements of MANNA Partner Agencies:
- Orientation for partner agencies
- Proof of an approved pest control plan
- Food Safety Training
- 501(c)3 status
If you are interested in becoming a partner agency, watch the video below for a quick overview of the process.
MANNA aims to serve those in need of food. Some areas of Western North Carolina have more pantries and meal providers than others. Since we do not have an unlimited amount of food, we encourage and prioritize new agencies that will serve currently underserved populations. For some food insecure families, finding a box of food can mean a real challenge when transportation and money for fuel is not readily available. We encourage those inspired to work in hunger relief to check out the pantries and feeding programs that may already be active in your area before taking steps to become an independent partner agency.
If you are ready to pursue becoming a partner agency, the next step is to complete the pre-application checklist below and send it to the address on the form.
When signing on as a partner agency, you will be required to complete MANNA’s Partner Agency Agreement as well.
Thank you for joining in the work to end hunger in WNC!