July , 2019
Helping Stretch Grocery Budgets across WNC
FNS Outreach Opportunities
The Food Nutrition Services (FNS) outreach program at MANNA provides supplemental nutrition assistance by helping families and individuals apply for benefits. Formerly known as food stamps, nutrition benefits help clients afford groceries so that they can put money towards other necessities like housing costs, prescriptions, and insurance. According to the Food Research & Action Center, FNS benefits are the most effective program for helping families out of poverty.
MANNA provides application assistance at various locations in Western North Carolina, including through our in-house over-the-phone HelpLine. We are extending an opportunity to our pantries and meal providers to do their own outreach on MANNA's behalf. Please consider joining our FNS Community Outreach Coordinator, Phil Carland, on July 16th in Waynesville for an opportunity to serve your clients more extensively. The training will last for about 3-4 hours with a lunch provided. You will learn about the benefits and challenges of the FNS/SNAP program, how to help clients with applications, maximize their benefit amount, and follow through to make sure the necessary documents are turned in to the Department of Social Services (DSS). Phil is also available to offer outreach training to your organization one-on-one. By providing this service to your clients, you can help them save time and alleviate some of the stress and intimidation of filling out the paperwork for an application.
Sign up for a training here!
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!
You're Invited! Results-Based Accountability: "Getting to Results" Training
You are invited to attend a “Getting to Results” training on Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA), a data-driven, decision-making process that helps communities and organizations get beyond talking about problems to taking action to solve problems (learn more about RBA here ). 

The next training is on Thursday, July 18, 2019 . This training is open to all who have not yet attended a RBA training with a focus on performance, or for those who have attended a training but would like a refresher. This training was designed with you and your partners in mind; we invite you to forward this message to the partners you work with in your community (i.e. coalition members, community benefit grantees, agencies/programs that contribute to food security) who have an interest in learning more about Results-Based Accountability™ and specifically, identifying performance results for programs, initiatives, and/or agencies.  
Thursday, July 18 th , 10am – 3pm
MANNA Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

This training is free, and lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, so please register quickly. Click Here to Register
July 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 Split Yellow Peas (2 pound bag)
  • Garbanzo Beans (15 ounce can)
  • 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)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 ounces)
  • Orange Juice (64 ounces)
  • Smooth Peanut Butter (14.75 ounce jars)
  • Canned Pears (15 ounces)
  • Boneless Frozen Pork Chops (1 pound package)
  • Frozen Pork Loin Roast (5 pounds)
  • Frozen Pork Patty (2 pound packages)
  • Frozen Pulled Pork (2 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!

Don't Take This Opportunity for Granted!
Grant Tip(s) of the Month:

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:
Independence Day - July 4th
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 July 2019 mobile calendar
Click here to view the August 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
Kristen Ollila
Agency Relations Associate
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x 1263
Kaitlyn Smith
Agency Relations Coordinator
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x 1272
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627 Swannanoa River Road
Asheville, NC 28805-2445

Phone: 828-299-3663
Fax: 828-299-3664