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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An Update on MANNA’s New Facility

We wanted to give our community an update on where we stand in our planning process for our much-needed new facility. As you know, more than a year before the COVID-19 crisis hit, MANNA was faced with the daunting reality of an essential need for a new facility. This was driven by reaching critical mass… Read more »

Reaching Out to Communities Across WNC

The Two Year “MANNA-versary” of MANNA Community Markets Two years ago, MANNA began a new and innovative program, which sought to reach neighbors experiencing food insecurity throughout the deepest pockets of Western North Carolina. Recognizing how difficult it can be for many people living in rural and mountainous regions to access food, we knew we… Read more »

Announcing the Lighting of the 29th Annual Ingles Giving Tree

The Beloved Tradition that Helps Feed WNC Continues! 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 empty plates will be filled with food. At a time when more families across the mountains than ever are deeply burdened, Ingles… Read more »

Thanksgiving Food in WNC

Thanksgiving Food Resources in Western North Carolina If you know someone who needs a little extra help at the holidays this year, we invite you to share our food resources! Our partner agency network – nonprofit partners across 16 counties of WNC, including the Qualla Boundary – provide regular free food distributions and meals to… Read more »

Nutrition Works: Crockpot Navy Bean Soup

Our Nutrition Works team works to provide our clients with recipes detailing how to cook the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets into delicious meals and treats. Fall and winter are the perfect time of the year to enjoy a warm bowl of soup and thanks to our Nutrition Works team,… Read more »

Partnership for a Healthier America Welcomes MANNA to its Healthy Hunger Relief Initiative

National Healthy Hunger Relief work will double in reach, impacting more than 14 million Americans with healthier food. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) welcomes MANNA FoodBank, alongside twenty nine other food bank partners, to its Healthy Hunger Relief initiative, more than doubling the program’s reach to 30% of all food banks in the… Read more »

Why are so Many Seniors Struggling to Afford Groceries?

The Pressure Seniors Face Right Now in WNC In WNC, the fastest growing demographic is our senior population. In the next ten years alone, the senior population is expected to increase by 39%. As more and more seniors call the mountains their home, we continue to witness the same ongoing issue – a high rate… Read more »

Spotlight on Hunger

The Importance of SNAP for WNC Seniors Did you know seniors in western North Carolina currently struggle everyday to afford groceries? Rising food and housing costs, and living on a fixed income make this issue even more prevalent during the holiday season. SNAP benefits can support access to healthy food and allow seniors to save… Read more »

Food Lion Feeds Foundation’s Great Pantry Makeover

The Food Pantry of Sandy Mush Community Center Each year, Food Lion Feeds Foundation hosts their Great Pantry Makeover. The Makeover is an opportunity for Food Lion to assist a food pantry near one of their store locations through financial, volunteer and food support. This year, one of the many recipients included our partner, Sandy… Read more »

Nutrition Works: Carrot Slaw

A Side Dish for Your Favorite Fall Dinners Our Nutrition Works team works to provide our clients with recipes detailing how to cook the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets into delicious meals and treats. Now that Fall is upon us, it is time to begin enjoying all of the vegetables… Read more »