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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Stories of Hope & Generosity

A Little Bit of Hope for 2021 One of the most important things a person can possess is hope. That’s why, after a year as unprecedented as the one we just experienced, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some stories that left us feeling hopeful. These stories come from partner agencies across our… Read more »

One Year of Reaching Those Who Could Not Reach Us

Celebrating a year of MANNA Community Markets!   Last year, MANNA officially launched a new program, which sought to hold free food distributions in areas lacking the infrastructure and/or resources to combat the high level of food insecurity in the region. Being that most of Western North Carolina is rural, we were aware that there… Read more »

The Ingles Giving Tree Tradition Continues!

Feast Your Eyes on the Ingles Giving Tree Monday, November 23, 4-6PM The 28th Ingles Giving Tree Celebrates a Long-Standing Tradition of Holiday Giving for our Friends and Neighbors Across WNC Nothing can hold back the giving spirit of the holidays here in Western North Carolina, particularly when it comes to ensuring that thousands of would-be… Read more »

A Marathon and a Sprint

As we race everyday to meet the dramatically increased need in our region, it has become both a marathon and a sprint. Right now, MANNA is simultaneously running a sprint and a marathon. And we have been for half a year now. Over the past six months, we’ve witnessed the need for food assistance in… Read more »

MANNA Since the Pandemic

Every year, we work tirelessly to combat hunger and food insecurity throughout WNC. This year, however, our work has increased and been re-imagined. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March and through the end of July, we have increased the amount of food we are distributing by 31% on average compared to the same… Read more »

September is Hunger Action Month

This month, you can 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 – more Americans than ever are facing an empty plate,… Read more »

Volunteering at MANNA Amidst the Pandemic

Safety First: Increasing Our Safety Measures To Combat COVID-19 As MANNA, we are committed to a healthy workspace, so that we can continue to be there for so many families facing a crisis right now. That’s why we have put all CDC recommendations in place. These include: Requiring everyone to wear face masks. Mandatory hand washing… Read more »

Reaching Out with Food & Hope to Those Hit Hardest By the Pandemic

MANNA’s Efforts to Get Food to the Latinx Community As the pandemic continues, people throughout WNC continue to struggle with a variety of issues, such as health, income and making sure their household has enough food so that people do not go hungry. For particular communities, the pandemic has hit harder in Buncombe County. Despite… Read more »

A Light in the Dark For Families Needing Food: Beacon of Hope in Marshall, NC

Food & Hope in Madison County On a hot July afternoon, residents of Madison County drove to Beacon of Hope – a church sitting atop a hill in Marshall, NC – to pick up food that they could bring home to their households. “Everyone at Beacon of Hope is so welcoming!” exclaimed Amy, a longtime… Read more »

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 »