Dear Amazing MANNA Volunteers,

We know how passionate and committed you are to our mission and to helping get food out to those who need it most and we deeply appreciate all of you. We also want you to know that your health and safety is our number one priority, therefore, we urge you to not come to MANNA for your shifts if you are at risk in any way. If you feel that it would be best for your personal safety to not come to MANNA to volunteer, please cancel your upcoming shifts through the volunteer portal. If you are unsure on how to use the portal please cancel your shifts by emailing Micah or Drew at

If you are part of the low risk population, we need your help now more than ever! Our community needs heightened support through this challenging time. We will be focusing on making additional MANNA Packs and Meal Boxes that we can easily hand out to people in need. If you or anyone you know is at low risk for COVID-19 and would like to volunteer please follow this link to sign up for volunteer shifts. For these shifts new volunteers will not need to attend an orientation prior to their volunteer service.

As MANNA supporters and key stakeholders, we want to assure you that we continue to diligently follow CDC and Feeding America recommendations for keeping our Volunteer Center clean. Secondly, please know that our top priority is to protect you, our staff, our partner network, our clients and the greater community.

We are also carefully creating detailed contingency plans based on the scale, scope and severity of the situation in our area and will keep you posted on any new developments in terms of the status of volunteer activity here at MANNA. If you wish to stay up to date with MANNA’s response to COVID-19, you can visit this webpage:

Meanwhile, we cannot tell you how much we appreciate you and we urge you to follow all of the common-sense recommendations that the CDC is providing. Please see below and feel free to contact Micah or Drew if you have any questions.

All the very best,
Micah Tomlinson, Volunteer Manager, and Mary Nesbitt, Chief Development Officer

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 Rotarians Against Hunger food packing event, the National Letter Carriers Food Drive, and the Ingles Giving Tree.

Volunteer Impact: The Heart of MANNA’s Daily Work

In fiscal year 2018/2019, over 6,992 volunteers provided 73,000+ hours of support — the equivalent of 37 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.

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.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Shifts: We offer shifts Monday-Friday from 9AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM, with additional shifts on Tuesday evenings from 4:15PM-5:30PM and 6PM-8PM. Individual volunteers and groups must be placed on the volunteer shift schedule prior to your volunteer service. The first step is to sign up for an orientation. (Those who are 15 years old and younger must have a parent or guardian accompany them at all times; those 16 and 17 years old can volunteer independently, with a signed waiver from a parent or guardian.) Click here to schedule an orientation!

Holiday Season Volunteering: During the holiday season, our volunteer shifts fill up very quickly. If you are interested in volunteering during the holidays, please contact us as early as possible (at least 6-8 weeks in advance). Due to increased call and email volumes at this time, please allow for 2-3 business days to receive a reply.

Hunger does exist year round, and we often have a greater need for volunteers during January and February. If you have flexibility in your volunteering schedule, please consider volunteering after the holidays.

Groups: If you are interested in bringing a group out to MANNA, the group leader should contact our Volunteer Manager, Micah Tomlinson ( or 828-774-5911). MANNA can accommodate group sizes up to 25 as shift availability allows.

Community Service: If you are looking to complete community service hours please contact our Volunteer Center ( or 828-774-5911).

Under 18: 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