About Us

In fiscal year 2019/2020 MANNA distributed 21.5 million pounds of food through more than 200 community-based food assistance partners to thousands of families across 16 Western North Carolina counties.

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. Now, MANNA distributes more than 42,000 pounds of food…every day of the year.

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.

Now…

MANNA is currently moving over 50,000 pounds of food each day of the year through a partner network of over 200 agencies, stretching every resource to meet the growing need for food across our 16-county region of WNC.

MANNA FoodBank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Western North Carolina since 1983 and an accredited member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. MANNA is located in Asheville, North Carolina on Swannanoa River Road. In fiscal year 2019/2020 MANNA distributed 21.5 million pounds of food through some 200+ community-based food assistance agencies in 16 Western North Carolina counties.

What is MANNA’s Mission?

Our mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.

Our vision is a hunger-free WNC.

Who Supports MANNA?

MANNA could not exist without the support of volunteers and donors. In fiscal year 2019/2020, we benefited from the following generous contributions:

  • 4,379 volunteers donated 52,500+ hours of their time, the equivalent of 29 full-time staff members.
  • Millions of pounds of food donated by our food industry partners.
  • Support from over 11,400 individuals – the majority of MANNA’s funding comes from individual donors.

MANNA FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

View our Donation Policies.

View our Privacy Policy.

View MANNA’s 2018 Form 990 – public inspection copy.

View MANNA’s most recent financial audit.