February , 2019
Congratulations to Our New Partner Advisory Council!
The 2019 Partner Advisory Council (PAC) has been announced and will hold their first meeting February 11, 2019. The PAC is a representative body for agency partners across Western North Carolina. This council will give voice to the whole network and guide MANNA in setting goals and developing solutions that benefit all of our agency partners. The 2019 Partner Advisory Council is made up of exceptional leaders representing 17 agencies across 10 counties. Congratulations to the following!
Avery County
  • Dick Larson (Feeding Avery Families)
Buncombe County
  • Grace Collins (Council on Aging)
  • Jan Ianniello and Cindy Mackiernan (Free Community Meal / Montmorenci UMC)
  • Adam Kelly (Bounty & Soul)
  • Cory Jackson (YMCA of Western NC)
Graham County
  • Eric Reece (Graham Fellowship)
Henderson County
  • Brian Pugliese (Care Partners Adult Day Services)
  • Ernest Brown (Interfaith Assistance Ministries)
Madison County
  • Dave Goforth (Mars Hill Baptist Spring Creek Nutrition)
  • Jessi Koontz (Beacon of Hope)
  • Sharon Welsch (The Lord's Harvest 0f Mars Hill Baptist)
McDowell County
  • Mary Dorsey and Mike Thompson (West Marion Elementary School)
  • Heather Edwards Yzquierdo (Foothills Food Hub)
Haywood County
  • Steve Nowakowski (Haywood Christian Ministries)
  • Chris and Allison Jennings (Community Kitchen)
Jackson County
  • Paige Christie (Community Table)
Transylvania County
  • Pam Schou (Sharing House)
Yancey County
  • John Miller (Southern Reconciliation House) 
Check out our website for more information:
Inclement Weather Information

1) Using your mobile device, you can sign up to receive text updates about MANNA weather delays & closings. To subscribe to these updates, text APPLE to (828) 348 -5883

2) Or, call MANNA at 828-299-3663 after 6:30 a.m. You will hear a message with information regarding MANNA weather-related delays or closings. It will also indicate the status of our mobile deliveries for that day. The message will ask agencies receiving a mobile that day to call Warehouse Manager Lee Short at 828-299-3663 x 1260 if they aren't able to meet the truck.
Nutrition Corner
February: American Heart Month
Contributed by WCU Nutrition and Dietetics student Kristen Miles

February isn’t just for sending chocolate and paper hearts to our loved ones. It is also American Heart Month. A healthy diet and an active lifestyle are major supporters of your heart’s health. In fact, a 2014 study showed that practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors reduces our risk of heart attack by up to 80%! This month, show your own heart some love; in addition to getting regular physical activity, here are some ways to improve your diet and help keep your heart healthy.
Fats: Consume more oils and fats from plants and less animal-based fats. Try using olive or canola oil in place of butter, and include nuts and seeds in your diet.
Proteins: Consider adding more plant-based proteins in your diet. Try having beans or legumes once a week in place of meat, or even try out a soy product if you’re feeling brave!
Carbohydrates: Make half your grains whole grains, and include plenty of vegetables and fruit. Not only do fruit and veggies provide lots of vitamins and minerals, they also have lots of fiber to help you feel more satisfied after meals!
5-Ingredient Chili
from Ali at gimmesomeoven
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans beans, drained (black beans, kidney beans, a combo, or whatever you like)
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • In a large stockpot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef or turkey to a separate plate and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of grease in the stockpot, and discard the rest.
  • Add the onion to the stockpot and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until soft.
  • Add remaining ingredients and the cooked beef or turkey to the stockpot, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes!
Got Milk?
 MANNA FoodBank has the opportunity to purchase fresh local milk! In addition, we are looking into purchasing more healthy food options, but WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please take a few minutes to click HERE to complete survey below so we can better serve your needs.
February 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:

  • Canned Applesauce (15 ounce can)
  • Canned Red Kidney Beans (15 ounce can)
  • Dry Split Peas (2 pound bags)
  • Dry Navy Beans (2 pound bags)
  • Canned Beef (24 ounce can)
  • Frozen Blueberries (12/2.5 pound bag)
  • Cherry Apple Juice (8/64 ounces)
  • Dry Lentils (2 pound bags)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 ounces)
  • Canned Mixed Fruit (15 ounce can)
  • Fresh Oranges
  • Canned Sliced Peaches (15 ounce can)
  • Peanut Butter (14.75 ounces)
  • Canned Pork (24 ounces)
  • Frozen Pork Patty (2 pounds)
  • Fresh Russet Potatoes (50 pound bags / boxes)
  • Canned White Potato Slices (15 ounces)
  • Canned Spaghetti Sauce (15 ounce can)
  • Frozen Strawberry Cups (4.5 ounces)
  • Frozen Turkey Roast (4-6 pounds)
  • Canned Mixed Vegetables (15 ounce can)
  • Long Grain Rice (2 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.
February 2019
We currently have the following items available in SAM:

  • Fresh produce
  • Chunk chicken
  • Oats
  • Creamed corn canned
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned sliced carrots
  • Canned Potatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese

More exciting items coming next quarter.
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!
Problems with your thermometer?
If you have bought a thermometer from MANNA and you have been having issues with the battery. We are in the process of finding a product to offer at a low cost. In the meantime, we would like to reimburse you for the thermometer.
Please contact Amy Haynes ahaynes@ - if you have one of these thermometer and would like to be refunded.
Don't Take This Opportunity for Granted!
Grant Tip of the Month:
  • Keep a folder with your frequently needed attachments so you have your common grant submission documents in one place.
  • This could include your: Board of Directors list, Organization Budget, most recent 990, and tax exempt documentation

Sign up for Grants Insider Newsletter to learn additional opportunities for funding!
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*
-Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
-Thursday, June 13th, 2019
-Thursday, September 12th, 2019
-Thursday, December 12th, 2019
*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
January - March 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 January - March 2019 mobile schedule.
Click here to view February's ordering schedule.
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
Agency Relations Manager
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
Direct Line: (217) 417-7446
Amy Sims
Western Zone Outreach Coordinator
Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania, Haywood
Direct Line: (828)299-3663 x 1279
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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If you answered yes, we will add you to an email list dedicated to local and regional hunger advocacy actions. Thank you for your compassion for the work to end hunger for more than 100,000 people in Western North Carolina.

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