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 (Recipes + Video)

Our Nutrition Works team not only works to ensure that we are providing clients with nutrient-dense and calorie-dense foods, but also recipes that provide clients with a tasty way to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets. One of those recipes is the simple, yet delicious, Fresh & Easy… Read more »

Healthy Food + Volunteers

Egg Candlers Help Provide Vital Nutrients to WNC Protein is one of several essential nutrients that the human body requires in order to maintain a healthy life. As a food bank, we recognize the importance of getting high-quality and protein-rich foods to clients throughout WNC. That is why our volunteer egg candlers work to inspect… Read more »

Impact Report: March 2020 – May 2021

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

Partner Highlight: Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Henderson County

Interfaith Assistance Ministry has been providing assistance to Henderson County residents since 1984. Their mission is to assist members of our community experiencing crisis with basic needs, in an atmosphere of compassion and respect. What does this work mean to you? Working on the front lines of providing crisis services and food to children and… Read more »

Partner Agency Highlight: Serving Black Communities in WNC

Recent data analysis from Feeding America is helping to shine a light on how racial disparity has an impact of a household’s food security. In the 16 counties MANNA serves, our minority populations experience more challenges that create a higher risk of a household being food insecure. For example, median income for Black families in… Read more »

Where We Are Now

And Where We Can Go Together We want to take a moment to share a brief update on where we’ve been, a bit about what we’ve learned, and where we are going now. From March 2020 through April 2021, with your help, the MANNA network of volunteers and partner agencies moved an astounding 25,000,000 meals-worth… Read more »

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 »