The WNC Student Food Drive

The Student Food Drive is an annual food drive competition between schools across Western North Carolina to support MANNA FoodBank and our 200+ dedicated partner agencies who lovingly serve our communities with supplemental food support. For more than a decade, students across the mountains have joined together each March to collect food donations, host fundraisers, and educate their communities about the issue of food insecurity. MANNA is proud to work with each school, each faculty member, and each student towards our larger mission of involving, educating, and uniting people in the work of ending hunger here in WNC. The Student Food Drive is accessible to everyone – whether you are a student or not! You can support your favorite school by making a donation to their virtual food drive efforts.

Student Food Drive 2023

In Western North Carolina, 1 in 4 children experience food insecurity. MANNA FoodBank and our network of partner agencies are making a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families everyday. We need your help and invite your schools to join us in the fight against hunger!

The 14th Annual Student Food Drive will run from March 1st and end on March 31st. Schools are permitted to hold their food drive for any duration during that time period. The student food drive concentrates on students gathering both food and monetary donations.

This community wide food drive is one of the most important and exciting events that MANNA coordinates each year. The Student Food Drive provides the chance for WNC schools to compete with other schools to collect the most food. It is a wonderful opportunity for students in our area to be involved, educated, and united in their community.

Last year, participating schools in this event raised 22,857 pounds of canned items to feed children and their families. With your support, we hope to exceed this number in 2023!

We hope your school considers participating in this friendly competition to support the greater WNC community.

If your school would like to participate, please complete the 2023 Student Food Drive Signup Form.

For more details on how the competition works, use this Information Packet.

If you would like to virtually donate, please click the button below.

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See who the winners were in 2022! The 13th Annual Student Food Drive: A Record-Breaking Year!