A MANNA truck sits at the end of a rainbow after an autumn shower.

(October 2023)

FRESH NEWS November 2023

Monthly News from MANNA FoodBank



As we enter the holiday season, consider the many ways you can help our neighbors.


Thank you for another incredible year of local artisan bowls, soups, desserts, and generositiy.

And don't miss:

  • Ingles Giving Tree
  • Asheville Turkey Trot
  • Hops for Hunger: White Labs & The Whale
  • Did You Know...
  • Recognitions + Gratitude

The Annual Turkey Drive is Here!

You can help us give thousands of families in WNC a happy holiday table.


Help Us Light Up The Lives of Our Neighbors

As we enter November, we're reminded that the holiday season is just around the corner. This time of year is about coming together, showing gratitude, and spreading kindness. At MANNA, we believe that together, we can be a rainbow of hope in the storm.

Just like the vibrant colors of a rainbow emerge after the darkest of storms, we have the power to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who are facing adversity. Your support can light up the lives of those who need it most, especially during this season of giving.

This season, there are so many ways to get involved and contribute to the mission of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.

As always, volunteers are the lifeblood of our mission. Give of your time and make a tangible impact. Join us at the food bank, help with food distribution, or support our programs that empower our neighbors to thrive. Get involved here.

Host a food drive. Now is the perfect time to call for your community to come together and support our neighbors. For more information on how to run a successful food drive, please see this page.

And finally, multiple partners are providing ways to contribute with ease:

  • The Fresh Market: November 1-December 31, round-up campaign at the register.
  • TJX Annual Help Stop Hunger campaign: November 3-5, asking for donations at the register.
  • Publix Feeding More Together campaign: November 8-19; collecting donations at the register.
  • Food Lion Feeds: November 8-December 12, donate at register or purchase a holiday box that will be given to MANNA.
  • Crate & Barrel: November 16-December 26, asking for donations at the register.
  • Jersey Mike's: November 18-19, 20% of sales will go to MANNA.


In-Person and Virtual Giving Options

This holiday season, MANNA is dedicated to filling as many holiday tables as possible, and you can help us give thousands of households the gift of a holiday, of one less struggle, and a helping of hope.

This year we have two options for donations: an in-person donation this Saturday (November 4th) and an ongoing virtual turkey drive.

In partnership with Asheville Radio Group and Asheville Outlets, MANNA will be hosting a community-wide turkey drop-off drive!

Turkey Drive Drop Off

Saturday, November 4

10AM - 2PM

Asheville Outlets

Bring a bird and any non-perishable holiday sides to help feed a neighbor. You’ll be able to drive through and drop your donations without even leaving your car!

If you can't make it Saturday, we still happily welcome donations through our Virtual Turkey Drive. We are also accepting donations in-person at MANNA.

Please note: if you would like your donations to reach a family for Thanksgiving, all food donations must be received by November 10th. Food drop-offs can be received at MANNA FoodBank, 627 Swannanoa River Road in East Asheville, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.

Together, we can make the holidays happen for the people who live and work right here at home, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.




Save the Date: November 20th

The 31st Annual Ingles Giving Tree will return to the Asheville Mall this year, with an evening of live holiday music, a $2,600 Ingles gift card giveaway, and a true celebration of the thirty-year impact of this much-loved tradition.

The tree lighting event will take place on Monday, November 20, from 4:00 to 6:00pm, at the Asheville Mall. The lighting will be broadcast live on WLOS, between 5:30 and 6:00pm, and streaming live on WLOS’ website. Stay tuned for more details!


November 23rd

The 23rd Asheville Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Gobble Wobble will be held on November 23rd. All race proceeds will generously go towards MANNA. Last year, over 2000 runners helped create 24,000 meals for MANNA.

Multiple awards will be given, in addition to a Turkey-themed costume contest. Registration closes on November 21 at noon.

Learn More Here

Hops for Hunger:

White Labs Brewing and the Whale

This November, there are two options to participate in the Hops for Hunger campaign.

  • White Labs Brewing
  • On November 9th, the Whale AVL will donate $1 per pour of the Haus Pilsner.


The 22nd Annual EMPTY BOWLS

The 22nd Annual Empty Bowls was a huge success! Because of the collective generosity of our sponsors, culinary partners, potters, ticketholders, and volunteers, we were able to raise funds for 415,000 MEALS for our neighbors. Over the past 22 years now, this event has provided 3.98 million meals across Western North Carolina. 

As you're out shopping and dining for the holidays, we encourage our MANNA community to support the wonderful people and businesses that support MANNA -- check out the list on the Empty Bowls landing page.

Donor Highlight:

Allen and Sheree King Orchards

It was a “fruitful” day spent at the apple orchards of Allen and Sheree King in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday, October 14th. MANNA volunteers and staff were welcomed by Allen and Sheree to their family orchard to pick apples for our neighbors here in WNC! 30 enthusiastic volunteers along with MANNA staff picked almost 6,000 pounds of beautiful Fuji and Gala apples from the King’s orchards. It was a great day spent in service to our neighbors.

MANNA would like to thank The Kings for their generous donation of apples! We would also like to thank our wonderful volunteers for the donation of their time and wonderful spirits as they picked those beautiful apples. We have no doubt those apples are being enjoyed right now by families across WNC!

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

  • Sunshine Now Foundation

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

  • Apple Ridge Farms
  • Flavor 1st Growers & Packers
  • Foggy Bottoms Orchards
  • Ingles Distribution Center
  • Ingles Reclaim Center
  • JW Johnson Produce
  • Lipman Family Produce
  • Quality 1st Produce
  • Society of St. Andrews

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

October 2023: 139,589 lbs. of food donated.

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

We'd like to thank the following Corporate Champions for stepping forward to help our neighbors access food:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Caliber Collision
  • Hedrick Industries/Grove Stone & Sand Co
  • Rexel USA
  • Wildlands Engineering

We'd like to thank the following Events + Campaigns for working to create a food-secure WNC: 

  • Melting Pot Social Fall Festival
  • Skip A Side Campaign - The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village

Did You Know...

Forms of Planned Giving

MANNA can accept a variety of assets, including but not limited to real estate, personal property, business assets, and corporate holdings. Also, you can leave MANNA in your estate by making us the beneficiary of a retirement account, insurance policy or annuity. These legacy gifts can be facilitated by completing a simple designation beneficiary form. Details to be included: MANNA FoodBank, Inc. in Asheville, NC, Tax Identification Number 58-1514800


If you would like to learn more about this and other alternative ways to give, please contact Director of Philanthropic Engagement, Chad Conaty at 828-299-3663 or Chief Development Officer, Mary Nesbitt via email at cconaty@mannafoodbank.org or mnesbitt@mannafoodbank.org.  


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


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


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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