MANNA FoodBank is a 501(c)(3) and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Since 1983, MANNA has and continues to serve communities across 16 counties of Western North Carolina—including the Qualla Boundary—through a network of hundreds of dedicated partners, providing food with hope and dignity to people experiencing hunger in our 6,434 square-mile region. MANNA is based in Asheville, North Carolina.


Volunteering: Volunteer Manager (open position)
Food Drives: Food Drive Coordinator
Food Donors (farms, food retailers, other food industry): Lisa Reynolds, Food Sourcing Director
Business Relations: Olivia Onderlinde, Corporate Engagement Manager
Partner Agencies (food pantries and meal sites): Jennifer Lutz, Director of Agency Relations
MANNA Community Markets: Leah Weidner, Mobile Programs Manager
Donor Relations: Libby Barker, Donor Relations Manager
Special Events: Kelly Schwartz, Signature Events Manager
Press Relations: Kara Irani, Director of Marketing and Communications


Claire Neal, Chief Executive Officer
Jill Hanson, Chief Operating Officer
Mary Nesbitt, Chief Development Officer
Nancy Flippin, Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors 2022

Jim Mathews, President
LaVoy Spooner, Vice President
Ed Zaidberg, Treasurer
Marcia Bromberg, Secretary
Judy Butler, Past President

David Angelus
Corey Atkins
Marcia Bromberg
Judy Butler
Melody Dunlop
Frank Dunn
John Forsyth
David Jenkins
Terry Latanich
Kip Marshall Jr.
Jim Mathews
Aarin Miles
Mel Scholl
LaVoy Spooner
John Staatz
Elizabeth Wall-Bassett
Tina White
Lindsey Wilson
Ed Zaidberg

Board Members Emeritus

Melody Dunlop
Joel Gillespie
Jim Mathews
Brad Searson
Cissie Stevens
Marjorie Ulin
Sheryl Williams