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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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The Ingles Giving Tree Tradition Continues!

Feast Your Eyes on the Ingles Giving Tree Monday, November 23, 4-6PM The 28th Ingles Giving Tree Celebrates a Long-Standing Tradition of Holiday Giving for our Friends and Neighbors Across WNC Nothing can hold back the giving spirit of the holidays here in Western North Carolina, particularly when it comes to ensuring that thousands of would-be… Read more »

September is Hunger Action Month

This month, you can take action to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Every September, the network of 200 Feeding America food banks and our partners in food security work to raise awareness of the dire issue that our country is facing – more Americans than ever are facing an empty plate,… Read more »

Reaching Out with Food & Hope to Those Hit Hardest By the Pandemic

MANNA’s Efforts to Get Food to the Latinx Community As the pandemic continues, people throughout WNC continue to struggle with a variety of issues, such as health, income and making sure their household has enough food so that people do not go hungry. For particular communities, the pandemic has hit harder in Buncombe County. Despite… Read more »

A Light in the Dark For Families Needing Food: Beacon of Hope in Marshall, NC

Food & Hope in Madison County On a hot July afternoon, residents of Madison County drove to Beacon of Hope – a church sitting atop a hill in Marshall, NC – to pick up food that they could bring home to their households. “Everyone at Beacon of Hope is so welcoming!” exclaimed Amy, a longtime… Read more »

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach: “Overwhelming Gratitude”

Stories of Hope from WNC As part of #MANNAfestingHope, we are sharing quotes and stories from across WNC to highlight the reality of who needs food support right now. This story comes from our dedicated partners at Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach in Lake Lure, NC, who are operating throughout the pandemic to ensure members of… Read more »

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors: “You’ve Given Us Hope”

Family and Compassion Along the intersection of the North Toe River and Highway 226, hope is as abundant as the trees for which the town is named. Here in Spruce Pine, off of Roan Road is Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, one of eight MANNA partner agencies in Mitchell County. Amy and Allen Hoilman have worked tirelessly… Read more »

A Message to Our WNC Community

At a time like this, we are poignantly reminded of the profound words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Our lives begin to end the day that we remain silent about things that matter.” Having witnessed lethal police violence with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in the… Read more »

In Times of Great Adversity…

Great People Arise and Come Together. Mid-March: When the Need Changed Overnight As the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis hit hard in mid-March, MANNA went into rapid disaster relief response mode, transforming nearly every aspect of our day-to-day operations. The necessary closings of non-essential businesses and schools plunged many people across our region into… Read more »

COVID-19 Response and Updates

(Updated 3/13/20 at 2:30PM) Letter from MANNA’s CEO, Hannah Randall Dear Friends: I am writing to update you on MANNA FoodBank’s plan as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This pandemic is evolving by the hour, and I want to affirm that our top priority is the safety and well-being of our volunteers and staff,… Read more »

Driving Nutrition Home

MANNA’s Mobile Programs Promote Healthy Diets for Clients throughout WNC MANNA’s mobile distribution programs, such as MANNA Express and the MANNA Community Market, are instrumental in not only getting food out to residents of WNC, but making sure that everyone has access to fruits, vegetables and other important pieces of produce. Our day of distribution… Read more »