September , 2019
September is Hunger Action Month!
September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together in collaboration with Feeding America and food banks nationwide to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution. How will you join in? Check out 30 Ways in 30 Days:
Agency Spolight: The Lord's Harvest
The Lord's Harvest provides summer staples like potatoes, pinto beans, cornmeal, onions, rice, and grits to over 1550 families each month in Madison County. Bill Welsch, the founder of The Lord's Harvest and other Madison County partners were featured in the Asheville Citizen-Times in August! Read the full article 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! Please be sure to ONLY write checks in dark blue and black ink!
You're Invited! Don't Miss These Opportunities Near You!!
The Gathering for Rural Faith Leaders is a full day of sessions focusing on community engagement and learning and practicing how to have difficult conversations in the rural contexts. August 29 9:30am-4:00pm . Register here.

The Hunger Resource Fair and Newsmakers Forum , hosted by Carolina Public Press, will feature discussions around the issue of hunger and a collection of resources for people in the community facing food insecurity, including MANNA's new mobile pantry! October 2 12:30-7:00pm . Click here to learn more.
August 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) 
  • Apple Juice (64 fl ounces)
  • Dry Split Green Peas (2 pound bags)
  • Canned Garbanzo Beans (15 ounces) 
  • Dry Navy Beans (2 pound package)
  • Yellow Cheddar Cheese Chunks (1 pound package)
  • Cheese Loaves (5 pounds)
  • Dried Cherries (2 pounds)
  • Frozen Eggs (2 lb carton)
  • Farina Wheat (18 ounce carton)
  • Frozen Fish Sticks (2 pounds)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 ounces)
  • Smooth Peanut Butter (14.75 ounce jars)
  • Canned Pork (24 ounces)
  • Frozen Pork Loin Roast (5 pounds)
  • Frozen Pork Patties (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.
August 2019

We currently have the following items available for SAM:

  • Apples
  • Tomatoes
  • Pears
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots

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!

Grant Tip of the Month:

Have you applied for the Food Lion Grant this year? If not, this is your time! Based on our experience, we have seen small grants of $1,000-$5,000 and there are minimal reporting requirements. The deadline is September 15th . Here is the information on their website .

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:
Labor Day - September 2nd
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29
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 September 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
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
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