Outpace Hunger

Feed People and Your Passion!

What Is Outpace Hunger?

Looking for a way to make a real impact this spring and summer? Feed people while pursuing your passion through Outpace Hunger, an action-based fundraising campaign that turns a favorite activity into meals!

For decades, MANNA FoodBank has been working to outpace hunger and food insecurity all across 16 counties of Western North Carolina, including the Qualla Boundary. The 2023 campaign runs May 1Aug. 31, and we invite you join the growing community of folks who are Outpacing Hunger alongside of us!

How It Works

Participating in Outpace Hunger is easy!

You decide your level of commitment, so every participant can create their own path to helping provide food to our community. Participants also decide how, when, and where they complete their goal, any time now through the campaign’s end on Aug. 31.

1) Register to be a part of MANNA’s Outpace Hunger community. The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt for you and provides 80 MEALS for neighbors facing food insecurity in WNC.

2) Choose a favorite activity (run, walk, roll, stroll, hike, bike, paddle, climb, float, skate, golf, and everything in-between!) to complete individually or as a family/group/team.

3) Set a goal to reach. This can be an activity-related goal, a fundraising goal, or both.

4) Invite friends and family to support your fundraising efforts through your own personalized Outpace Hunger webpage.

Whether running a 5K, walking your neighborhood, hiking the Mountains to Sea trail, or paddling the French Broad River, Outpace Hunger participants play a vital part in ensuring our WNC neighbors have access to healthy food

Get Inspired!

Meet this year’s featured Outpace Hunger participants, Micah and Keeka of Hiking for Hunger!

In 2021, Micah (“BAM,” short for Beauty Appreciation Moment) and Keeka (“Hero”) Grant-Tomlinson, former MANNA staffers, conquered the formidable Appalachian Trail – and this year, they’ve set their sights even higher: the 2,600+ mile Pacific Crest Trail stretching from Mexico to Canada! Check out their Outpace Hunger Fundraising Page as they raise funds for MANNA and awareness about the ever-increasing need for food in Western North Carolina.

BAM and Hero kicked off the first leg of their 2023 hike in April. Follow their progress on Facebook, Instagram and their website. While we know hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail might not be feasible for everyone, you can get inspired about how you might be able to turn miles into meals, too!

Outpace Hunger with us!

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MANNA is incredibly grateful for the support of our Outpace Hunger sponsors. These sponsors share our vision of a hunger-free WNC and have invested in that vision through their support of Outpace Hunger. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact us or view our sponsor opportunities (pdf).