is a 501-(c)(3) and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2015, MANNA distributed 15.7 million pounds of food, enough to provide 36,000 meals every day of the year. We distribute this food through our 229 partner agencies that are scattered all over the 16 counties of Western North Carolina.
In the beginning…
MANNA FoodBank was founded in 1982 by the Hunger Awareness Group in Asheville, North Carolina. Food distribution began in 1983 from donated space in the basement of Eliada Home for Children. The following year, MANNA distributed 42,000 pounds of food to 16 agencies.
The founders of MANNA FoodBank had a simple purpose: that the people of Western North Carolina be enabled to go to work or look for work, to go school, to play, to worship, and to sleep without the barrier of hunger. Our current mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.