is a 501-(c)(3) and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2016, MANNA distributed 16.4 million pounds of food, enough to provide 37,500 meals every day of the year. We distribute this food through our 220+ 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 clear vision: that the people of Western North Carolina can go to work or look for work, go to school, play, worship, and sleep without the burden of hunger. Since MANNA’s first food distribution in 1983, this has been the focus of our daily work. Our mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina, and our vision is a hunger-free WNC.