Lucy proudly displays a basket of fresh produce from Root Cause Farm.

FRESH NEWS March 2024

Monthly News from MANNA FoodBank



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Celebrating National Nutrition Month Nourishing Our Bodies, Nurturing Our Well-Being

March marks the celebration of National Nutrition Month, a time dedicated to promoting the importance of healthy eating and informed food choices. At MANNA, we recognize the pivotal role that nutrition plays in supporting the health and well-being of individuals and communities across Western North Carolina.

Fresh produce from Root Cause Farm at a recent Fairview Community Market.

Embracing Nutritional Wellness

National Nutrition Month serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of nutritious foods in promoting overall health and vitality. From fresh fruits and vegetables to whole grains and lean proteins, every food choice contributes to nourishing our bodies and enhancing our well-being. North Carolinians experience a higher rate of health issues than the national average, and the Appalachian region of the state again outpaces even the state's higher rates. The connection of hunger to chronic health issues is clear: processed, sugar-laden foods are far more affordable than nutritious foods, and thus more accessible and easier on a household budget already struggling to afford basic groceries.

Educating and Empowering

At MANNA, we are committed to empowering individuals and families with the knowledge and resources needed to make healthier food choices. Through our nutrition education programs, online cooking workshops, and community outreach initiatives, we provide practical tools and valuable insights to help individuals adopt healthier eating habits and lead healthier lives. Our Nutrition Works team not only works to ensure that we are providing neighbors 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.

Enjoy this series of simple, healthy recipes from MANNA. (Playlist here)

Nourishing Our Communities

We recognize that access to nutritious foods is essential for building healthy communities. Through our network of partner agencies and community collaborations, we work tirelessly to ensure that nutritious food is accessible and available to individuals and families facing food insecurity in Western North Carolina. By addressing the root causes of hunger and promoting access to healthy food options, we strive to create a healthier and more equitable community for all.

Taking Action

As we celebrate National Nutrition Month, let's take meaningful steps toward prioritizing our health and well-being. Whether it's incorporating more fresh produce into our diets, exploring new recipes, or learning about healthy cooking techniques, every positive choice we make contributes to our overall health and vitality.

Together, let's harness the power of nutrition to nourish our bodies, nurture our well-being, and build healthier communities across Western North Carolina and beyond.

SNAP participants are able to receive double their SNAP dollars for fresh produce at local farmers' markets, thanks to a program by ASAP.

Save the Date! Table for Three Raffle Returns March 15

MANNA's hunger-ending initiative, Table for Three, returns for the sixth year on March 15.

This unique raffle features a grand prize of 52 restaurant gift certificates for a “meal for two” from the Asheville-area’s finest local food establishments, a value of almost $3,000

The pricing for the tickets ($124) is intentional. Every raffle ticket sold will provide one meal a day for more than a year for a food-insecure neighbor – hence the winning ticket equals a Table for Three.

Tickets will go on sale at on March 15.


Thank You To Those Contributing To Our Mission in February:

We'd like to thank the following Foundations for their support of our food distribution efforts:

  • Community Foundation of Henderson County

We'd like to thank the following Events and Campaigns for going above and beyond in their efforts:

  • Tanger Outlets - Food Is Love Food Drive

We'd like to thank the following Feeding America Corporate Sponsors for going above and beyond in their efforts:

  • The Fresh Market

We'd like to thank Ingles Markets for their support through the Ingles Reclaim Center:

January 2024: 171,724 lbs. of food donated February 2024: 184,278 lbs. of food donated

Thank you, Ingles Markets, for partnering with us in our efforts to end hunger in WNC!

Did You Know...

Simple Online Planning Guides from MANNA

Did you know that on our website we have easy-to-use tools and planning guides to better equip you and your family with pertinent information for your current and future estate plans? 

From the comfort and privacy of your own home, you can access real time tools to better understand easy, alternative ways to give and earn income now, while making an impact later. These tools can help you identify your short- and long-term interests and needs. 


If you would like to try our new, user friendly website and tools click here. 


If you would like to learn more about these unique ways to give, please contact Chad Conaty or Mary Nesbitt.  

We Are Hiring!

Come join a team dedicated to ending hunger in WNC! We are currently hiring for a Youth Program Manager. Please help spread the word to your network.



MANNA FoodBank and Ingles Markets have been filling plates together for more than 30 years. Ingles Markets, thank you for your steadfast partnership!

Feed Hope. Fight Hunger.

Thank you for supporting the work we do and for supporting neighbors in need. Together, we can end hunger in Western North Carolina.

Involve. Educate. Unite.

We stand firmly beside those united in seeking positive change, equity, and justice for all. 

Speak Up. Change Lives.

Our mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina and a critical part of this mission is advocating for those experiencing the effects of income insecurity and food insecurity.

That's where you come in.

We are a non-partisan nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing information about the issues affecting the people we serve, and we do not endorse political parties or candidates. We simply ask community members to work with our elected officials to make legislation that works for us all and makes our region, our state, and our country stronger from the ground up.

Click here if you'd like to receive advocacy-related emails from MANNA FoodBank, and receive information from us about ways you can use your voice and actions to help us end hunger in our region.


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