June , 2019
One Step Closer to Ending Hunger in WNC
2019 Partner Agency Conference
Thank you to all who were able to participate in our 2019 Partner Agency Conference on May 17 at the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC! This was a wonderful opportunity to bring our entire partner agency network together to share ideas, experiences, and best practices surrounding our collective work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.
The theme of the conference, selected by the network’s Partner Advisory Council, was “Nourishing Together”. Throughout the day, over 75 attendees embodied this premise by working to promote collaboration and dialogue specific to healthy food pantries and food systems. 
Inspired by a keynote address from our very own Hannah Randall, collaborative discussions, and informative, exciting breakout sessions, attendees walked away well-equipped and encouraged to support strong, healthy food pantries and “nourish together” to end hunger in our community.
Hannah Randall offered: “The people that work as our partners mean the world to me. They are the brave ones on the front lines of hunger, and it is our honor to work alongside them. This conference was such a special opportunity to celebrate our collective dedication and find new ways to create a better tomorrow for the people of Western North Carolina.” 
Jean Barbara with the Sandy Mush Community Center thanked MANNA for "bringing us all together at the 2019 Partner Agency Conference. We had the opportunity to meet, talk, and share ideas with many other Western NC agencies and all of the amazing and knowledgeable MANNA employees." She shared a thought from Cesar Chavez: "The people who give you their food give you their heart."
Upcoming MANNA Closure Information:
Closed for end of year inventory - June 25th to June 28th
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 Notices from our Operations Team!

  • We are closed June 25-June 28th for audit inventory. For any questions or concerns please click here.
  • Please follow this link to read more about the exciting new changes to our product codes!
  • Snacks, Chips, and Candy are NO shared maintenance fee (free!) until further notice. Order this product under code 20190!
June 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 (37-40 lb. bag) 
  •  Canned Black Beans (15 ounce can) 
  • Dry Split Peas Beans (2 pound bag) 
  • Canned Garbanzo Beans (15 ounce can) 
  • Dry Great Northern Beans (2 pound bag) 
  • Canned Green Beans (15 ounce can) 
  • Dry Navy Beans (2 pound bag) 
  • Canned Beef (24 ounce can)
  • Frozen Wild Blueberries (3 pound bag)
  • Canned Corn (15 ounce can) 
  • Dried Cranberries (30 ounces)
  • Canned Mixed Fruit (15 ounce can) 
  • Grape Juice (64 ounces)
  • Orange Juice (64 ounces)
  • Dry Lentils (2 pound bag) 
  • Fresh Oranges (34-39 pound bags) 
  • Smooth Peanut Butter Jar (14.75 ounces)  
  • Roasted Pistachios in Shell (2 pound bag)
  • Frozen Boneless Pork Chops (1 pound package)
  • Canned Pork (24 ounce pouch)
  • Frozen Pork Loin Roast Frozen (5 pounds) 
  • Frozen Pork Patty (2 pound package) 
  • Dehydrated Potatoes (1 pound package)
  • Sliced White Potatoes (15 ounce can) 
  • Brown Rice (2 pound bag)
  • Long Grain Rice (2 pound bag)
  • English Walnut Pieces (1 pound bag)
  • Fresh Milk

*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.
June 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!

Come One, Come All - to the Nuts and Bolts of a Healthy Pantry Training:
Are you interested in building a healthy pantry environment? Do you want to help provide and promote healthy food at your distribution? Are you looking for ways your organization can collaborate to improve the health of your community? Join the Nutrition Works team for a training that we call “The Nuts and Bolts of a Healthy Pantry”. We have two different trainings coming up and any pantry staff or volunteer is invited to attend.

This training is a fun and interactive way to gain the tools needed to build and grow a healthy pantry. The next date coming up is: June 13 th in Burnsville. Click on the link below to sign. Please feel free to pass this link on to any of your staff or volunteers who might be interested.
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, June 13th, 2019
-Thursday, September 12th, 2019
-Thursday, December 12th, 2019
-Thursday, March 12, 2020

*All orientations are held at MANNA FoodBank in Laurel's Kitchen
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
May - June 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

Click here to view the June 2019 mobile calendar
Click here to view the July 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
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