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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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A Closer Look at Hunger in WNC

The Real Face of Hunger Western North Carolina families and residents continue to face an uphill battle when it comes to basic affordability. Our communities are facing the highest housing costs in the state, forcing people to move further and further from central areas where jobs are mostly based. A lack of public transportation further… Read more »

Help Feed A Family this July thanks to WNC’s Craft Beer and Cider Community!

Hops For Hunger: Raise A Glass, Feed A Family Visit our dedicated local craft breweries and cideries who are helping us fill plates this July! In Western North Carolina, more than 100,000 people every year experience food insecurity. But with the help of our local craft beverage industry, during the month of July, you can… Read more »

Blue Jean Ball is this Saturday!

A Party for a Purpose We’re thrilled to be hosting the 20th annual Blue Jean Ball this coming Saturday, June 8, 2019! The event is sold out – no tickets will be available at the door. For Ticket Holders: We are thrilled you will be our guest for Saturday’s biggest “party for a purpose” in… Read more »

Catawba Brewing Hosts the White Zombie 5k on June 1, 2019 benefiting MANNA FoodBank

Catawba Brewing Co. is hosting its first-ever White Zombie 5k, which will take place on June 1 at 9 a.m. During the 5k, participants may run or walk from Catawba’s South Slope tasting room through downtown Asheville to dodge zombies along the way in several “Outbreak Zones.” Racers who wish to dress in costume are… Read more »

Fight Hunger, Spark Change Means More Food for Families Across WNC

Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Feeding America Food Banks Team Up to Feed More People April 22 and through May 20, 2019 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are strong partners to Feeding America food banks in the work of building healthy, hunger-free communities. Each week, MANNA FoodBank receives regular donations of perishable foods and fresh produce for… Read more »

Rallying for Girls in WNC

MANNA, Project Dignity of WNC, Feeding America, and Always® Partner on a Special Donation Traditionally, MANNA FoodBank’s inventory flow is almost exclusively food. But when the community lacks access to the most fundamental needs, like groceries, it is more than likely that people lack access to other grocery basics, like toilet paper and personal care… Read more »

Ingles Reclaim Center: A Local Partnership to Feed More People

The familiar beep of a checkout register is not something you usually hear in a warehouse, much less a food bank’s warehouse. Thanks to a strong local partnership with Ingles Markets, based right here in Western North Carolina, MANNA FoodBank is one of only a few food banks across the country where you can hear… Read more »

Rubber Meets Road: More Wheels Mean More Food Across WNC

Any given weekday before 8:00 A.M., MANNA’s driving team hits the road, the truck fleet loaded with the day’s food deliveries—delivering the majority of the more than 41,000 meals MANNA distributes each day. These wheels work hard, moving food across a mountainous, rural region spanning over 6,400 square miles, and that work is expanding as… Read more »

When the Need Arises, We Respond

Earlier this year, when the government shutdown meant missed paychecks for more than 6,000 people across Western North Carolina, MANNA responded. With the support of our community and partnerships with local organizations, we hosted several distributions for federal employees and provided pop-up markets for TSA employees affected by the shutdown. Five weeks of missed paychecks… Read more »

Food Really Is Love.

A Special Valentine’s Day Message Celebrating All the Love You Share It’s central to more than just sustaining life. It’s the heart of every family and community gathering, it’s how people celebrate milestones, moments, and traditions. It can tell a history, or can become part of the future. Food is a reflection of life in… Read more »