Join in the work of Ending Hunger in WNC

Most mornings and afternoons are a busy time at MANNA. Groups of volunteers gather to sort and pack the food donations that come through our doors. From bins of apples straight from the orchard to 2,000-pound totes of rice, volunteers ensure that there are always hands at the ready to pack the food for distribution. Volunteers also pitch in to help with special events and projects like Feeding America’s Hunger Study, The Ingles Giving Tree, and the National Letter Carriers Food Drive.

In 2016, over 6,215 volunteers provided 69,914 hours of support — the equivalent of 32 full time staff! Without the wonderful individuals and groups who donate their time we could not do the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.

Kinds of volunteers needed:

  • Warehouse Volunteer
  • Distribution Assistant
  • Retail Goods Sorting Volunteer
  • Egg Candling Volunteer
  • Produce and Bread Sorter
  • Special Events
    • Blue Jean Ball
    • Empty Bowls
    • Mountain State Fair
    • Ingles Giving Tree
    • Holiday Gift Wrapping
    • National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive
  • MANNA Express Volunteer Drivers
  • MANNA Ambassadors
  • Order Pickers
  • Donor Appreciation Volunteers
  • MANNA Food Delivery Ride-Along Volunteers

MANNA FoodBank is a great place to volunteer with a group. Not only is volunteering a fun way to bring people together, your team will feel a great sense of accomplishment as you work with us to solve hunger in WNC. Groups are often engaged in sorting donated product, repackaging bulk food items, or putting together our weekly MANNA packs.

We offer shifts Monday-Saturday from 9AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM, with additional shifts on Tuesday evenings from 4PM-5:30PM and 6PM-8PM. If you are interested in bringing a group out to MANNA, the group leader should fill out a volunteer application form and contact our Volunteer Manager, Matt Farr ( or 828-299-3663).

Volunteers younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (aged 18 or older).  Volunteers between the age of 16 and 18 may volunteer without an adult, but must present MANNA with a release signed by their guardian.  Release of Liability for a Minor