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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Important Community Resources

To create a food secure and hunger free WNC, it is important that we are aware of available community resources. Whether these resources are directly food-related or not, all of them offer families who may be struggling access to necessities that can greatly improve one’s quality of life. Emergency Broadband – Americans can begin applying for… Read more »

The Importance of Universal Free School Lunches

In late April, it was announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that universal free lunch, one of the most effective methods of combating childhood food insecurity, would be extended through the 2021-2022 school year. Access to food is critical at every age. For children, it is particularly vital for both their learning… Read more »

Lynn’s Walk for MANNA

Between January 1st and February 14th, Lynn Hamby, a powerful food advocate for people in Murphy, NC, set out to walk two hundred miles, while raising funds for hunger relief. Alongside her daughter, Bethany, Lynn not only completed her challenge, but also raised $1,500 in the process! As an employee at Hiwassee Dam Senior Center,… Read more »

Getting the Job Done

The incredible work of Partner Agencies over this past year! Just one year ago…. Nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and the landscape of our partner agency network looks vastly different than it did just last year. One year ago, as the pandemic really began to hit home, our MANNA partner agencies, made up… Read more »

National Nutrition Month

MANNA Foodbank is celebrating National Nutrition Month©, a time that is dedicated to encouraging healthy food choices for all. Imagine you have to choose between paying your heating bill, paying for car repairs so you can get to work, or buying groceries to feed you and your family. This has been an unprecedented year and… Read more »

Relief Can’t Come Soon Enough

While thousands of Western North Carolina families struggle to hold on through the pandemic and its economic impacts, our alliance of partners and supporters, whom we work with daily, continue to stretch every available resource to make sure these families can weather the crisis long enough to reach the light at the end of a… Read more »

Food Resources

Help Spread the Word One of the most important things you can do as an advocate for our friends and neighbors who might be struggling right now is to normalize reaching out for help, and to spread the word about the resources we have available. Please share MANNA’s Food Helpline information with your employers, church… Read more »

When Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

A County by County Guide In the interest of everyone’s health & well-being, we wanted to help best provide an answer to the question that everyone has asked themselves, “when can I get the COVID vaccine?” The answer is not straight forward and varies county by county. That’s why we’ve put the links to all… Read more »

Community Resources

Food, Rent, Utilities & Mortgage Assistance We recognize now is a time that many people are struggling to make ends meet. Please go ahead and review the following resources, while also sharing them with your networks. Buncombe County Rent, Utilities & Mortgage Assistance. On Jan. 5, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting… Read more »

Haywood Christian Ministry

Notes From Our Partners For the past fifty years, Haywood Christian Ministry has been a part of Haywood County, evolving with the community to serve in many capacities and aiding vulnerable citizens to meet the challenges of everyday living. We offer a thrift store, clothing assistance, utility and rent assistance, and food assistance through partnerships… Read more »