Good Health and the Path to a Better Life

IMG_7211“Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is use food stamps.”

“It’s nice to know my daughter is taken care of even when we can’t fully provide for her on our own.”

“Food stamps gave me the freedom to purchase healthy foods at the grocery store. I never thought I’d be so excited for my kids to eat fruit again.”

These are just a few quotes from our Feeding America clients about what FNS (food stamps) have meant to their health and the stability of their family. MANNA FoodBank FNS Outreach and the MANNA Food HelpLine assisted 1,284 households obtain benefits in 2014.

Over seventy percent of the households that sought food assistance in Western North Carolina last year were surviving on incomes below the poverty level. Food stamps provide a way for these households to purchase nutritious food and continue to pay for other necessities such as housing and health care.

The average household is on FNS benefits for 8 to 10 months, and the majority of the households contain an elderly person, a disabled person or a child. To find out more about FNS benefits, visit our page about facts and myths. To find out more about the MANNA’s programs such as the FNS Outreach program and MANNA’s Food HelpLine, visit our What We Do page.