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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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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 »

“I Love My Leafy Greens”

The Importance of Nutrition in NC Mountain Towns Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Newland is a beautiful and picturesque small town. The mountains define the skyline, the downtown is a quaint culmination of a few shops and restaurants, and the people go about their day-to-day routines. Similar to other mountain towns in WNC, hunger… Read more »

Your Dollar Now Goes Further Than Ever at MANNA!

We are delighted to announce that for every $1 donated to MANNA, you are helping provide 4 meals to our neighbors across WNC. Accomplishing this milestone would not be possible without the support of the incredible WNC community. Through the hard work of our volunteers, the dedication of our food donors, and the organizational commitment… Read more »

Midnight MANNA

A Night of Service and Fun Saturday night is prime socializing time for high school students. But this past Saturday, from 9 pm to midnight, almost 100 high schoolers gave up that precious Saturday night to come and spend the evening donating their time to help address hunger in the mountains. For the last eight… Read more »

Know Your Voting Rights

When going to the ballot box, it is important voters are informed of their rights. Here are a few important pieces of information to know prior to the upcoming primary. • You will not be required to show a photo ID on Super Tuesday. Despite the passing of legislation that would require a photo ID… Read more »