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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Nutrition Works: Tomato & Yellow Squash Side Dish

Our Nutrition Works team works to provide our clients with recipes detailing how to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets into delicious meals and treats. As we move towards autumn, it is a perfect time to use those summer squashes and complement one of your meals with the… Read more »

Summer Packs

Food Access for the Summer, When Kids Are Out of School For MANNA FoodBank, and our dedicated network of partner food providers across the region, summer is a busy time for getting food to families who need it—especially families with children. It is more important than ever that MANNA is able to be there for… Read more »

Nutrition Works: Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Parfait

Our Nutrition Works team works to provide our clients with recipes detailing how to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets into delicious meals and treats. One of those recipes is the quick and easy, Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Parfait. Watch the video to learn how to prepare the… Read more »

Children and Food Insecurity

Why are WNC Children Facing Higher Rates of Hunger? In Western North Carolina, food insecurity disproportionately impacts our youngest residents. While unfortunately, 1 in 6 adults in our region don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, the rate of child food insecurity is much higher: In WNC, 1 in 4 children… Read more »

What is in a Summer Pack?

Summer Packs are MANNA’s answer to summer hunger, when WNC children don’t have access to free school meals. The Summer Packs–similar to our school year weekend food packs, MANNA Packs–provide a week’s worth of supplemental food to kids and their families. Curious what you might find inside a Summer Pack? Join Carol Fazioli, MANNA’s Health… Read more »

Impact Report: March 2020 – June 2021

While we’re beginning to see the signs of recovery, the near 100,000 people we are serving every month still have a very long road ahead. We still remain 28% above our pre-pandemic numbers for the number of people needing food in WNC. In the month of June alone, MANNA and our partners served over 100,000… Read more »

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 »