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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 2016 Student Food Drive is Underway! UPDATED

Students Fight Hunger in WNC UPDATED May 9, 2016: Winners Announced! This past month 35 schools participated in one of MANNA’s annual food drives. The 2016 Student Food Drive, a competitive drive between Western North Carolina schools, took place from March 5th– April 14th. Calculations have been made and totals are as follows: Best in High School… Read more »

A Decade of Dedication: MANNA Packs for Kids Reaches 1,000,000 Bags

MANNA FoodBank is celebrating a major milestone: This month, MANNA staff and volunteers are packing and delivering the one-millionth MANNA Pack for Kids. In the ten years that it has taken to reach this important moment, thousands of Western North Carolina people have had a hand in helping feed children in need. We would like… Read more »

The Fuel That Feeds: Volunteers and Donors Ignite the Growth and Success of MANNA Packs for Kids

MANNA FoodBank is celebrating a major milestone: This month, MANNA staff and volunteers are packing and delivering the one-millionth MANNA Pack for Kids. In the ten years that it has taken to reach this important moment, thousands of Western North Carolina people have had a hand in helping feed children in need. We would like… Read more »

Wells Fargo Gives to the Community in Time and Money

Two days before the Christmas holiday, employees from several WNC regional Wells Fargo branches including the entire Arden store branch volunteered at the MANNA FoodBank volunteer center, helping to prepare and pack MANNA Packs for Kids, which are distributed directly to children. Not only did these volunteers help to end hunger by taking action just… Read more »

Give A Little. Feed A Lot.

This year, #GivingTuesday is December 1. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving to charitable causes in response to the two days after Thanksgiving that are dedicated to buying: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In anticipation of #GivingTuesday, we are starting a movement for gratitude. Join our #GratefulGiving Movement and Create Hope for the Holidays… Read more »

Help MANNA Wrap Up Hunger!

The holiday shopping season is upon us! But don’t worry: MANNA is here to relieve some of the stress from your holiday gift-giving. Starting Wednesday, December 2, MANNA will be running our first-ever Wrap Up Hunger gift wrapping table at the Asheville Mall! Bring your holiday packages to our Wrap Up Hunger table in front of Sears inside… Read more »

MANNA’s Executive Director, Cindy Threlkeld, Retiring this Spring

MANNA FoodBank’s Executive Director, Cindy Threlkeld, publicly announced her retirement this week. Threlkeld’s five year tenure as MANNA’s Executive Director has been a period of record growth and development. Threlkeld will retire as Executive Director in late spring of 2016. The economic challenges facing Western North Carolina have grown tremendously since the recession of 2008…. Read more »

The 23rd Annual Ingles Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ingles Markets and MANNA FoodBank invite you to attend the 23nd annual lighting of the Ingles Giving Tree at the Asheville Mall on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, from 5-7 PM. The Giving Tree is a 10-ton construction of non-perishable food items donated by Ingles Markets, and constructed and decorated by MANNA FoodBank staff and volunteers. Laura Ingle will… Read more »

One Small Person Makes a Huge Impact

Madi Sutton may not be your typical 12-year-old, yet she has no supernatural powers and does not wear a cape. She is a young person on a mission, unafraid of hard work. Madi’s mission includes helping people in Henderson County who struggle with food insecurity and hunger on a regular basis. Madi has been developing… Read more »

Hunger Action Month 2015: A Record-Setting Year

Hunger Action Month happens every September, and this year’s was one of our best yet! We set multiple records, held some amazing events, and best of all, connected even more with our Western North Carolina community. Hunger Action Day, which was September 3, was the day we asked the community to wear orange, the color of hunger… Read more »