March , 2019
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Nutrition Corner
Contributed by WCU Nutrition and Dietetics student Kristen Miles

This month is National Nutrition Month! What a great time to step back and look at why a healthy diet is important. The basics of a healthy diet include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, lots of water, and healthy fats like nuts, seeds and olive oil. Following a healthy diet regularly is more important than eating a “perfect” diet. A pattern of healthy eating is related to decreased risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, bone disorders, and certain cancers. In addition, people who follow a healthy diet report better sleep, higher energy levels, and even increased self-esteem. 
Broccoli Rice Casserole
12 servings

  • 1½ cups rice
  • 3½ cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can cream of mushroom, or chicken, or celery soup, reduced sodium
  • 1½ cups milk of choice
  • 7½ cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower, or mixed vegetables
  • ½ pound grated or sliced cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease on 12x9x2 inch baking pan.
  2. In a saucepan mix rice, salt, and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside for additional 15 minutes.
  4.  Sauté onions in butter or vegetable oil until tender.
  5.  Mix soup, milk, 1/2 cup of water, onions, and rice. Spoon mixture into baking pan.
  6. Thaw and drain the vegetables and then spread over the rice mixture.
  7. Spread the cheese evenly over the top and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and rice is bubbly.
MANNA FoodBank 2017-2018 Annual Report:

MANNA had another wonderful year and we could not have done it without each and every one of you and all that you do for your communities!!

To read more about MANNA'S Annual Report - Follow this Link!
MANNA's Annual Student Food Drive
Is Entering Its 12th Year!
In an effort to bring awareness to and relieve food insecurity in our communities, students in schools across Western North Carolina are holding a Food Drive throughout the entire month of March. The funds and food collected during this event stay within the local community of each participating school!

You can encourage schools to participate in this event, or by keeping an eye out for student-run food drives and fundraising events! This is a great opportunity to bring students, whole schools, and the community together to engage in the increasing issue of hunger our region. To learn more, contact Justine Redden at .
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.
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.
March 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)
  • Dry Split Peas (2 pound bags)
  • Dry Navy Beans (2 pound bags)
  • Dry Lentils (2 pound bags)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 ounces)
  • Canned Mixed Fruit (15 ounce)
  • Peanut Butter (14.75 ounces)
  • Canned Pork (24 ounces)
  • Frozen Strawberry Cups (4.5 ounces)
  • Canned Mixed Vegetables (15 ounce)
  • Canned Beef (24 ounces)
  • Frozen Blueberries (2.5 pounds)
  • Cherry Apple Juice (64 fluid ounces)
  • Canned Sliced White Potatoes (15 ounces)
  • Dry Pinto Beans (2 pound bags)
  • Cheese (5 pound loaves)
  • Frozen Pork Loin Roasts (5 pounds)
  • Long Grain Rice (2 pound bags)
  • Canned Tomato Sauce (15 ounces)
  • 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.
March 2019
We currently have the following items available in SAM:

  • Oats
  • Pintos w Jalepeños, Seasoned with Pork
  • Pintos w Onions, Seasons with Pork

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!
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
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.
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
March - April 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 March'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)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:
Would you like to receive emails related to hunger advocacy actions in WNC?
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