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It’s our mission to involve, educate and unite people in the work of ending hunger. Fresh News keeps you up-to-date on the latest MANNA events and benefits and provides updates and stories highlighting the impact of our current programs and food distribution. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter here:

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Food On the Table: Supporter Spotlight, September 2017

Over the last few years, MANNA staff, volunteers, and partners have watched as the number of WNC residents seeking emergency food support grows. In 2016, MANNA distributed over 13.6 million meals across WNC. MANNA continues to distribute record amounts of food every year, and with that increase in the need for food comes an increase… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey and Flooding Relief: How to Help

Send the Help They Need. We have received a number of requests from the local community interested in helping out with hurricane and flooding relief in Texas. MANNA FoodBank has been in touch with our national partner, Feeding America. Sending supplies takes huge coordination and is costly and time consuming. These folks need assistance on… Read more »

Nutrition WORKS: Community Investment at Work

In September 2016, MANNA FoodBank was awarded a grant of $65,000 from the Community Investment program of Mission Health. This grant included support for our Clinic Referral pilot program, where we partner with area clinics to refer food insecure patients to available resources. It also included support for Nutritional Nudge events, where MANNA staff provide… Read more »

MANNA FoodBank’s 16th Annual Empty Bowls Events

Tickets are now on sale! This year celebrates the 16th year of MANNA FoodBank’s Empty Bowls fundraisers. Attendees choose a bowl hand-made by local artisans and enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and dessert. The bowl they take home reminds them of all the empty bowls in the world. This event sells out every year, and… Read more »

Wicked Weed Brewing Supports MANNA’s Food Distribution Program With a Generous Donation

You may have heard about Wicked Weed Brewing’s recent $50,000 donation to MANNA’s food distribution program, which is beyond thrilling! This surprise donation came at just the right time, helping us stretch to meet the increased need for food during the summer months, when kids are out of school and do not have access to… Read more »

Hops for Hunger: Local Beer Scene Joins Forces to Address Hunger in WNC

Join Hops for Hunger, Where Every Pint Has Purpose! You might be planning an elaborate 4th of July picnic, but for thousands of families in need, that kind of celebration is out of the question. That is part of why the nationally recognized WNC beer scene is collaborating to raise awareness for the issue of… Read more »

For Many WNC Families, No School Means No Lunch

“Sometimes, when it rains, it really pours.” — Angelina For thousands of families across Western North Carolina depending on school meals to feed their children, summer is a stressful time of year. Angelina never expected her family to be in crisis. Her husband’s full-time job and benefits covered their monthly living costs, but their budget… Read more »

NC Budget Cuts Threaten to Eliminate Food Access to Over 50,000 Children

MANNA FoodBank has seen firsthand how the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program, formerly called food stamps, helps North Carolina families get the food they need to survive and live productive lives. We know that the FNS program provides critical assistance to those who are facing multiple challenges in making ends meet to provide for… Read more »

National Food Bank Trend: Immigrant Populations Afraid to Seek Food Assistance

There’s been a lot of news in the past few months about immigration issues.  Although these stories seem far away, the impact is being felt right here in WNC.  Several MANNA partners are reporting a decline in clients from immigrant communities, which echoes what we are hearing from food banks across the nation.  Our partner… Read more »

Now Through May 13: VOTE for The Cantina’s Skip A Side Program & Help Fight Hunger

Vote for Skip A Side! Voting Is Open Hunger is a hard reality in our neighborhood that can and should be alleviated, and this idea can help do just that. The Skip A Side program was developed by The Coggiola family, owners of The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village and longtime MANNA supporters. Here’s how it… Read more »