April , 2019
Mark your calendars for MANNA FoodBank's First Annual Partner Agency Conference . This year's theme is "Nourishing Together". Please RSVP by April 30th. You will receive a formal invitation this month.

Parking: is in the back of the Friendship Center Building off of Brook Street, Waynesville and the building is handicap accessible.

Food: Conference registration includes lunch and coffee/snacks throughout the day. Lunch will include a vegetarian option.

10:00-11:00am: Welcome & Introduction                         
11:00-12:30pm: Breakout Sessions*                          
12:30-1:00pm: Lunch                                          
1:00-3:30pm: Breakout Sessions*                                 
3:30- 4:00pm: Closing

*Some Examples of what the breakout sessions will look like:
Nutrition, Poverty Discussion, Community Collaboration*
Coming to a Town Near You!
Through the month of April, Walmart's Fight Hunger, Spark Change annual campaign helps secure meals for Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks. For every participating product purchased at Walmart, the manufacturer will donate $0.10 – enough to secure 1 meal. Customers can also donate at the register or on the campaign landing page at . This funding helps MANNA support you, our partner, in the fight to end hunger in Western North Carolina.
The 27 th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is happening Saturday, May 11, 2019! This one-day drive allows community members to set out non-perishable food to be picked up by their local letter carrier and delivered to food pantries. You can help by spreading the word and putting food in your mailbox May 11. Contact your local post office or check out to learn more about food drive recipients and how to get involved.
Upcoming MANNA Closure Information
Memorial Day - May 27th
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 Notice:
  1. We cannot deposit any checks that are written in a light blue. The bank returns them. The checks MUST be filled out in dark (regular) blue, or black ink.
  2. Please include what invoices you are indicating to pay either on your check or a slip of paper along with the check. This will ensure that the payment is posted where you would like it to be.
April 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 pound bags)  
  • Canned Black Beans (15 ounce can)  
  • Canned Dark Red Kidney Beans (15 ounce can)  
  • Dry Split Peas (2 pound bags) 
  • Canned Garbanzo Beans (15 ounce can)  
  • Canned Green Beans (15 ounce can) 
  • Dry Navy Beans (2 pound bag)
  • Canned Beef (24 ounce can) 
  • Frozen Wild Blueberry (3 pound bag)
  • Whole Frozen Chicken (36-43 pounds) 
  • Canned Corn (15 ounce can) 
  • Dried Cranberries (30 ounces) 
  • Fig Pieces (1 pound bag)
  • Canned Mixed Fruit (15 ounce can) 
  • Grape Juice (64 ounces) 
  • Orange Juice (64 ounces)
  • Dry Lentils (2 pound bag)
  • Smooth Peanut Butter (14.75 ounces)
  • Roasted, Shelled Pistachios (2 pound bag) 
  • Canned Pork (24 ounces)
  • Frozen Pork Loin Roast (5 pound bag)
  • Frozen Pork Patty (2 pound bag)
  • Dehydrated Potatoes (1 pound) 
  • Canned Sliced 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.
April 2019
We currently have the following items available in SAM:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit

Coming Soon:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Green Beans
  • Mac & Cheese
  • and more!

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!

Pasta Party!

Valley Fine Foods has donated almost 30,000 pounds of frozen pasta to MANNA FoodBank! Be sure to take advantage of this free product when you place your next order!
Nutrition Corner
Contributed by WCU Nutrition and Dietetics student Kristen Miles
Easter Eggs: Good or Bad?

Egg dyeing is a classic family tradition around Easter, but if your family is anything like mine, you get tired of eating eggs after a few days and end up feeding the leftover eggs to your pet or letting them spoil. See the quick-and-easy recipe below to use up all those eggs! But first, let’s learn a little about the nutrition of an egg. Over the past month, I have heard a lot of chit chat about eggs and whether or not they are healthy—the truth is not so black-and-white.
Eggs, specifically the yolks, have something called cholesterol, which is the same type of fat that travels through our bloodstreams and can increase risk for heart disease. The cholesterol in eggs is why many people believe eggs are unhealthy, even though current research shows that saturated fat (not cholesterol) is what actually raises our blood cholesterol. Even though eggs also contain saturated fat, the levels are moderate. Cooked with little fat, such as when hard-boiled, poached, or scrambled with a small drizzle of olive oil, eggs can be a healthy morning source of protein, vitamins A and D, choline, and antioxidants. Just don’t eat them every day! And if you’re an egg white fan, be aware that the yolk may hold the fat, but it also holds the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! 

Healthier Egg Salad

6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (use up those Easter eggs!)
¾ c. celery, diced
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt (or low-fat mayonnaise)
1 Tbs. mustard (I like to use dijon, but any kind works!)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional add-in ideas to “spice” it up: relish, chopped pickles, onion, cucumber, chopped olives, sunflower or other seeds

Mix all ingredients and stir. Store in refrigerator and eat within 3-5 days. Serve alone or with crackers, on whole wheat toast, on top of a salad, or as a sandwich with whole wheat bread.
Don't Take This Opportunity for Granted!
Grant Tip of the Month:
Grant writing advice from your peers at the Networking for Nutrition Conference:
  • Keep a frequently needed attachments folder to simplify the submission process (this prevents re-work)
  • Listen to clients and capture stories about the impact of your work on their lives (stories can be confidential, do not need to use names)
  • Include your staff and key volunteers in the planning process, they may have good feedback on what is realistic to ask for and how it impacts their work 

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
*All orientations are held at MANNA FoodBank in Laurel's Kitchen
Product Code Upgrade:

MANNA is always looking for innovative ways to best serve you, our partners. In an effort to make your ordering experience easier and more efficient, we are making some changes to certain product codes. Be on the lookout for updates about these upcoming changes in the next month!
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
April - 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 April 2019 mobile schedule.
Click here to view the May - June 2019 mobile schedule

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
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)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