August , 2019
Kristen Ollila Completes Her AmeriCorps Service Year
We are at once delighted and saddened to announce that Kristen Ollila has completed her AmeriCorps service year. For the past year, Kristen has supported two departments at MANNA as Youth Program and Agency Relations Assistant. Through her work with Youth Programs, she helped develop an innovative school pantry model and strengthened the MANNA Packs for Kids program. Most of these packs contain canned good products, and, after seeing a need, Kristen launched a can opener drive and delivered almost 2,000 can openers to school children in Western North Carolina. Kristen has also played an indelible role in the success of the Agency Relations Department, particularly in administering MANNA’s fridge and freezer donation program in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, helping to match over 150 units to partner agencies. She has been a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for our partners and neighbors in need, especially for the one in six children experiencing food insecurity in our region. 
Kristen says, “Our partner agencies inspire me and make me know that world is a better place because of them.” Kristen is embarking on a new adventure in Nashville in August. Please join us in wishing her all the best!

If you are interested in being added to our waiting list for a free Thermo Fisher fridge or freezer unit, please complete this brief questionnaire or contact Kaitlyn Smith at

In Memory of Ruth C. Dayton
The MANNA network lost a beloved member in June. Ruth C. Dayton ran the food pantry at Beulah Baptist Church in Canton for many years. She served those in need with great concern and compassion. In addition to her work in the food pantry, Mrs. Ruth also sang in the choir, was a cherished Sunday School teacher, and proudly served on many other church committees. Mrs. Ruth also loved working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and delighted in sharing her knowledge of canning with family and friends. She is greatly missed by all those blessed to know her. 

Attention MANNA Shoppers!!!!!!!!
Bread and produce are now available every week day between 12-2pm at MANNA. Please be aware that this is a change in our open shopping time from 1-3pm to 12-2pm. Swing by any day if you’re in the area and take some extra bread and produce back to your organization.
Additional Important Reminders:
  • Please follow this link to read more about the exciting new changes to our product codes!
  • Snacks, Chips, and Candy have NO shared maintenance fee (free!) until further notice. Order this product under code 20190!
  • Be sure to put your invoice and agency number on all checks!
August 2019
TEFAP items become available on a first-come, first-serve basis when they arrive at MANNA. All items may not be available for the duration of the month and quantities are subject to change. The following items are scheduled to arrive this quarter:

  • Fresh Apples (2 pound bag)  
  • Dry Navy Beans (2 pound package)
  • Yellow Cheddar Cheese Chunks (1 pound package)
  • Dried Cherries (2 pounds)
  • Frozen Eggs (2 lb carton)
  • Farina Wheat (18 ounce carton)
  • Frozen Fish Sticks (2 pounds)
  • Dry Lentils (2 pound packages)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 ounces)
  • Smooth Peanut Butter (14.75 ounce jars)
  • Pitted Dried Plums (1 pound)
  • Canned Pork (24 ounces)
  • Boneless Frozen Pork Chops (1 pound package)
  • Frozen Pork Loin Roast (5 pounds)
  • White Sliced Potatoes (15 ounces)
  • Long Grain Rice (2 pound bags)
  • Vegetable Mix ( 15 ounce cans)

*Weekly shipments of fresh milk (shelf life - 10 days)*

What's TEFAP , you might ask? T he E mergency F ood A ssistance P rogram is a federal program (also known as "commodities") that comes from the Farm Bill. This program is limited to pantries only and allocated by county. Pantries must apply and be approved to administer this food. For more information on becoming a TEFAP agency, contact Amy Haynes at (828) 299-3663 x1234.
July 2019

SAM product has been moving fast. Please continue to check the ordering page for available items.

What's SAM? SAM is an acronym for State Appropriated Money and it is a state funded nutritional food program. Although the name has changed, the program is still the same!

These products are available to order at no cost, so be sure to take advantage of this great program!

You're Invited! Don't Miss These Opportunities Near You!!

The Gathering for Rural Faith Leaders is a full day of sessions focusing on community engagement and learning and practicing how to have difficult conversations in the rural contexts. August 29 9:30am-4:00pm . Register here.

The Hunger Resource Fair and Newsmakers Forum , hosted by Carolina Public Press, will feature discussions around the issue of hunger and a collection of resources for people in the community facing food insecurity, including MANNA's new mobile pantry! wave the date for an exciting collection of resources hosted by Carolina Public Press including MANNA's new mobile pantry! October 2 12:30-7:00pm . Click here to learn more.
Grant Tip of the Month:

Have you applied for the Food Lion Grant this year? If not, this is your time! Based on our experience, we have seen small grants of $1,000-$5,000 and there are minimal reporting requirements. The deadline is September 15th . Here the information on their website .

Other Helpful Grant Resources
MANNA Partner Orientation

Are you or someone at your agency interested in attending an orientation session? If so, please select a session from the options listed on the sign-up form by clicking the "Sign-Up Here" link to the right.
Upcoming Orientation Dates*

-Thursday, September 12th, 2019
-Thursday, December 12th, 2019
-Thursday, March 12, 2020

*All orientations are held at MANNA FoodBank in Laurel's Kitchen
Upcoming MANNA Closure Information:
Labor Day - September 2nd
More to come..
Please plan accordingly, and be sure to consider these closures when shopping and placing your online order. Contact Glenda Gragg if you have any questions at 828-299-3663 x1227.
Important Inventory Reminders!
To ensure that our inventory count lines up with what we are actually distributing to our partner network, we ask that you all make sure to check the following when you receive or pick up your order from MANNA:
  • Check that product ordered (from your invoice) matches physical count of items you received
  • Pay close attention to TEFAP items especially, and make sure you receive accurate amounts of each item. Any TEFAP leftovers should always be directly reported to MANNA.
  • If there are any discrepancies in inventory vs. what was actually ordered, please contact Glenda Gragg (x1227) or Tim Williams (x1240).
Mobile Delivery Schedule
July-September 2019
REMINDERS: Before dialing up the driver, remember: Every time someone calls, they must pull off the road to answer the phone, causing additional delays. If you have any questions, contact our Warehouse Manager Lee Short at (828) 299-3663 x1260.

Please ask your volunteers to allow a 30 minute window before and after your expected MANNA delivery. Our drivers work very hard to arrive on time, but they may experience unforeseen setbacks while on the road. Giving them this window helps them to stay on track.

Click here to view the mobile schedule for July through September (please note this is a corrected calendar from last month's newsletter)

Click here to view the August 2019 mobile calendar
Click here to view the September 2019 mobile calendar

For More information - please follow the link below:
Food and Nutrition Services Helpline
Need more MANNA Food Helpline Posters?

MANNA Food Helpline promotional materials are now available for order! Packets include 25 small posters (with phone number tear offs) and 100 business cards. If you need other materials or different quantities, please contact your zone coordinator.

MANNA Helpline information is
free and confidential!
Amy Haynes
Assistant Director of Mobile Programs & Agency Relations
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x1234
Malarie McGalliard
Mobile Programs Coordinator
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x1250
Josh Hoerman
Eastern Zone Outreach Coordinator
Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania
Direct Line: (217) 417-7446
Amy Sims
Western Zone Outreach Coordinator & Agency Relations Assistant Manager
Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Haywood
Direct Line: (828)399-1147
Leah Cormier
Buncombe County Zone Coordinator
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x 1253
Kaitlyn Smith
Agency Relations Coordinator
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x 1272
As we continue to work towards our vision of a hunger-free WNC, we are building a community of individuals that are interested in taking action steps towards supporting anti-hunger initiatives. In order to focus these efforts, we want to know:
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MANNA FoodBank is a non-partisan nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing information about hunger and the issues that affect the people we serve.

627 Swannanoa River Road
Asheville, NC 28805-2445

Phone: 828-299-3663
Fax: 828-299-3664