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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Empty Bowls: Broken Records But Bowls Remain Intact

  The Empty Bowls luncheon and dinner events were a great success thanks to our donors, sponsors, entertainers and attendees. We raised $48,923.87, which will provide food for 146,772 meals! We also beat our previous ticket sales record…by one ticket! We already can’t wait until next year.  

Empty Bowls on September 15th

Empty Bowls is the centerpiece event of Hunger Action Month. It’s a celebration of community, art, and collaboration while bringing awareness to the very real problem of hunger.  This year Empty Bowls is on Monday, September 15th, and it is MANNA’s 13th year of sponsorship. Special thanks to this year’s food donors which include: Annie’s Breads,… Read more »

September Happenings

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve… Read more »

Number of People Seeking Food Assistance Increases in WNC

Largest, Most Comprehensive Analysis of Charitable Food Assistance in America Reports 107,600 Served by MANNA FoodBank Annually A new study by Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization, shows that an estimated 107,600 people in Western North Carolina turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This is… Read more »

Community Leader, Advocate, Visionary: Leigh Pettus Retires After 22 Years at MANNA

As I wind down 22 years at MANNA FoodBank, I would like to thank all who have supported me: the partner agency heroes, volunteers, VISTAs and AmeriCorps members, current and former staff, colleagues near and far, food and financial donors, my family and friends. MANNA has a unique role and responsibility as a catalyst and… Read more »

14 Million Pounds and Counting…

  A letter from MANNA Food Bank Executive Director, Cindy Threlkeld: As MANNA wraps up our fiscal year, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support.   We become so engaged in the logistics and daily challenges that we don’t often pause to look at what we have accomplished in partnership with… Read more »

Feeding Hope for 30 Years and Counting

Take a glimpse inside of MANNA. Learn from the Executive Directors, past and present why and how we do what we do. Have a look, spread the word.

Pushing the Limits for Peanut Butter

Shaniqua Simuel donated 340 jars of peanut butter this month as part of her effort to win a $7500 scholarship from The organization is targeted for older teens and people in their early twenties. Shaniqua took on PB + Slam Jam. In less than a week she managed to get 340 jars of peanut… Read more »

Music to Your Mouth and More

Music has a way of bringing people together, and countless musicians have united people in the work of ending hunger. In the last thirty-plus years, MANNA FoodBank has been the beneficiary of numerous concerts. These events range from small house parties where people “pass the hat” to large arena shows featuring renowned professional musicians. Here… Read more »