Fresh News

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

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Celebrating 20 Years of Empty Bowls!

20 Years of Art & Food: A Celebration to Feed Thousands Across WNC When art, food, music, and friends all come together again this fall to celebrate the 20th annual Empty Bowls event, it will be a true celebration. For 20 years now, a community of caring people have come together year after year to make Empty Bowls… Read more »

The Current Reality Across Our Beautiful Region

Dear Friends, We hope this letter finds you and yours healthy and doing well. These are highly unusual times for all of us as we navigate the current landscape and challenges that so many are facing. Therefore, we wanted to take a moment to remind you what a positive force that you are in the… Read more »

September is Hunger Action Month

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 – many Americans are facing an empty plate, and don’t know where their next… Read more »

Ingles Day at the Mountain State Fair

Get your cans ready for one of our favorite food drives of the year! Thanks to our incredible hometown grocery partner of over thirty years, Ingles Markets, you can help raise thousands of pounds of food for our neighbors facing hunger, and get free entry to the Mountain State Fair on Wednesday, September 15th. To… Read more »

Nutrition Works: Tomato & Yellow Squash Side Dish

Our Nutrition Works team works to provide our clients with recipes detailing how to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets into delicious meals and treats. As we move towards autumn, it is a perfect time to use those summer squashes and complement one of your meals with the… Read more »

Summer Packs

Food Access for the Summer, When Kids Are Out of School For MANNA FoodBank, and our dedicated network of partner food providers across the region, summer is a busy time for getting food to families who need it—especially families with children. It is more important than ever that MANNA is able to be there for… Read more »

Nutrition Works: Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Parfait

Our Nutrition Works team works to provide our clients with recipes detailing how to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets into delicious meals and treats. One of those recipes is the quick and easy, Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Parfait. Watch the video to learn how to prepare the… Read more »

Children and Food Insecurity

Why are WNC Children Facing Higher Rates of Hunger? In Western North Carolina, food insecurity disproportionately impacts our youngest residents. While unfortunately, 1 in 6 adults in our region don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, the rate of child food insecurity is much higher: In WNC, 1 in 4 children… Read more »

What is in a Summer Pack?

Summer Packs are MANNA’s answer to summer hunger, when WNC children don’t have access to free school meals. The Summer Packs–similar to our school year weekend food packs, MANNA Packs–provide a week’s worth of supplemental food to kids and their families. Curious what you might find inside a Summer Pack? Join Carol Fazioli, MANNA’s Health… Read more »

Impact Report: March 2020 – June 2021

While we’re beginning to see the signs of recovery, the near 100,000 people we are serving every month still have a very long road ahead. We still remain 28% above our pre-pandemic numbers for the number of people needing food in WNC. In the month of June alone, MANNA and our partners served over 100,000… Read more »