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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Partner Agency Highlight: Serving Latinx Communities in WNC

A recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is helping to showcase the impact racial disparity has on a household’s food security. In the report, which was published in June of 2021, data indicates that Latinx populations faced a higher rate of food hardship prior to the pandemic and continue to… Read more »

An Update from MANNA

The Need for Food in WNC Remains High As MANNA FoodBank, the pandemic has been both a marathon and a sprint for all aspects of our operations – and it does not appear that it will let up anytime soon. As of the end of May, we are still serving over 40% more people than… Read more »

MANNA’s Focus on Health

Even in a Pandemic, MANNA Maintains a Commitment to Healthy Food for the Wellbeing of Our Community At MANNA, our mission to end hunger is at the center of everything we do. We know how vital food is to ensuring that our community can live and thrive – food truly is the foundation of health…. Read more »

Make SNAP Dollars Go Further at Local Farmers’ Markets!

In Western North Carolina, we are surrounded by an abundance of beautiful farmland and farmers’ markets throughout our sixteen counties. Happily, the fruit and vegetables offered at these markets are more accessible to our community than ever! Thanks to programs, such as Double Up Food Bucks, select farmers markets throughout our area offer a one-to-one… Read more »

Nutrition Works (Recipes + Video)

Our Nutrition Works team not only works to ensure that we are providing clients with nutrient-dense and calorie-dense foods, but also recipes that provide clients with a tasty way to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets. One of those recipes is the simple, yet delicious, Fresh & Easy… Read more »

Healthy Food + Volunteers

Egg Candlers Help Provide Vital Nutrients to WNC Protein is one of several essential nutrients that the human body requires in order to maintain a healthy life. As a food bank, we recognize the importance of getting high-quality and protein-rich foods to clients throughout WNC. That is why our volunteer egg candlers work to inspect… Read more »

Impact Report: March 2020 – May 2021

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

Partner Highlight: Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Henderson County

Interfaith Assistance Ministry has been providing assistance to Henderson County residents since 1984. Their mission is to assist members of our community experiencing crisis with basic needs, in an atmosphere of compassion and respect. What does this work mean to you? Working on the front lines of providing crisis services and food to children and… Read more »

Partner Agency Highlight: Serving Black Communities in WNC

Recent data analysis from Feeding America is helping to shine a light on how racial disparity has an impact of a household’s food security. In the 16 counties MANNA serves, our minority populations experience more challenges that create a higher risk of a household being food insecure. For example, median income for Black families in… Read more »

Where We Are Now

And Where We Can Go Together We want to take a moment to share a brief update on where we’ve been, a bit about what we’ve learned, and where we are going now. From March 2020 through April 2021, with your help, the MANNA network of volunteers and partner agencies moved an astounding 25,000,000 meals-worth… Read more »