Bookmark and Share
View as Web Page Unsubscribe Send to a Friend
MANNA Message
A newsletter for MANNA FoodBank Partners
November 2013                              
October Data Collection Survey
Click on this link to go to the October 2013 client data survey: 
Please submit overdue reports and data to our office by November 15th to prevent your shopping privileges from being suspended. If you have questions about the monthly survey, please contact Katy German at
Verify your order confirmation email address next time you make a purchase through MANNA. If you have not been receiving a confirmation message after purchase please contact Katy German at
Fresh produce donated to the food bank may not be perfect, but it is safe to eat. Trim soft spots and brown spots away and enjoy the rest of the fruit and vegetable that is still in good condition.
Get Ready for the Holidays-
Food Bank Edition
Find Volunteers for your Holiday Distribution
If you are in need of extra volunteers for your holiday meals or distribution contact 211 at your county. 211 is a free resource directory sponsored by the United Way and a site for volunteers to look up service opportunities.
Learn the Art of Successful Food Banking and Talk to a MANNA Coordinator
Ever wonder what it takes to conduct a successful food drive for your site? The MANNA website has a section titled Food Drives where you can access information on Food Driving with MANNA. Contact for more information.
MANNA Produce Spotlight:
Yellow Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash makes an excellent side dish or a fun substitute in thin noodle recipes, from Asian to Italian. It is loaded with nutrients, such as beta carotene and fiber, and is tender, with just a slight crunch.
Want to find more Spaghetti Squash recipes for your clients? Look for the recipe basket on your next visit to the Varies Produce Room at MANNA.
_________________Emily Miller
"As the new Eastern Outreach Coordinator, I'm looking forward to going on site visits in my zone beginning in November.  As I get connected and acquainted with our partner agencies in the field, I will begin to plan and cultivate future Talking Council meetings.  I have enjoyed meeting several of our key partners, as well as many of you at MANNA, as I am moving through the training process.  I'm excited to know everyone more and so glad to be a part of this team!"
Emily Miller- Eastern Zone Coordinator
Contact Us
MANNA FoodBank, Asheville
Agency Services Fax
Business Office Fax
Leigh Pettus - Chief of Programs & Agency Relations - 828-299-3663 x230
Katy German - Data and Compliance Coordinator
828-299-3663 x234
Jason Turnbull - FNS Program Manager
828-299-3663 x254
Amy Meier - FNS Outreach Associate
Eastern Zone
Madison, Yancey Mitchell, Avery, McDowell
Emily Miller- Eastern Zone Outreach Coordinator
Central Zone
Haywood, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk
TBA-Central Zone Outreach Coordinator
Western Zone
Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon, Jackson
Jennifer Trippe - Western Zone Outreach Coordinator - 828-575-4933
Ella Kliger - Western Zone Outreach Associate - 828-545-6688
Other Key MANNA Staff
Cindy Threlkeld - Exec. Dir.
Glenda Gragg - Distribution Coordinator
Pat Williams - Product Planning Coordinator (Accounts Receivable, TEFAP)
Jill Hanson - Chief Operating Officer
Becky Upham - Communications Director
New Grants Listed At
MANNA's grant specialist Jennifer McLean has been on the lookout for new grants for our partners. Check them out at the MANNA webpage at:
Upcoming Workshops from WNC Nonprofit Pathways
Creating High Performance Teams in a Multi-Cultural -and Multi-Generational Workplace
 Tuesday, November 5, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
AB-Tech Community College/ Enka Campus
Financial Reporting for Nonprofits
 Thursday, November 14, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Isothermal Community College, Columbus
Nonprofit Fundamentals: Advocacy
 Tuesday, November 19, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
AB-Tech Community College/ Enka Campus
Workshop Fees: $120.00 registration fee + $5.00 materials fee (each class.)
Participants (staff or volunteer) affiliated with a nonprofit located in western North Carolina are eligible for a 50% scholarship, supported by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. Click here to complete a Scholarship Request form and we will be in contact. NOTE: 5 scholarships are available per class; additionally, they are limited to one per student, per semester.
Spotlight on November Resources
The National Hunger Clearinghouse collects and distributes information about programs that address the immediate and long-term needs of struggling families and individuals. The National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3 HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479), refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance.
If you’re part of a community garden group or civic organization in the U.S. or Canada, The Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant might be of interest! Your organization could receive $5,000 in cash and garden tools to help you reach your goals of community change. Your group could even be the recipient of a complete garden makeover, in which the Project Orange Thumb team comes to your neighborhood and turns unused space into a beautiful community garden in just one day! Grant recipients will be announced March 31, 2014.
Access a bounty of workshops and resources to build your agency's nonprofit powers.
Shoppers Should Plan Ahead for MANNA Closings
As you can see from the Mobile Schedule printed at the end of this newsletter, there are a number of holiday closings coming up over the next two months.   Holidays affect shopping days, too.  Here are a few reminders from Operations and Distribution:
  • MANNA will be closed to shoppers on Nov 28-29, Dec 24-31, and Jan 1, 2014.
  • Start stocking up your shelves now.  Place orders weekly, even if you're only picking up or receiving biweekly.
  • Add to your floor shopping by order your full limits of the mixed shelf-stable item codes each week (9000, 9005, 9010, 9015, and 0068).  Orders placed 5-14 days ahead of time will be ready for you when you come to shop.
  • Look ahead - If MANNA will be closed next week, then consider getting two weeks worth of product
Check Your Invoices For
Amount Owed At Purchase
Please review your records for the Amount Owed on your next invoice in order to avoid a late payment notice. The total Amount Owed will always be located at the bottom center of your invoice- see the red arrow above. For additional assistance contact Pat Williams at
Stories From The Field
Caleb Bradshaw
Community Development Specialist
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
We are so thankful for the foods we gain from MANNA Food Bank. At the Veterans’ Restoration Quarters we use lots of fresh vegetables for our salad bar. Many of the residents have begun to incorporate more vegetables into their diet through the salad bar. This has been an encouragement to many of the residents that they can lead healthier lives through the foods they consume.
At the Steadfast House we use many of the easy prepare meals and fresh vegetables in order to provide well balanced meals. We also strive to have fresh fruits and vegetables available to our residents and their children throughout the day. We have found that having this food available freely to our residents allows them to make healthier choices for nutrition.
At Crisis there is a great need to get food out to needy families. One thing that is a great need is the proteins. We also run a soup kitchen at the Main Crisis Ministry downtown. Food from MANNA helps us prepare these meals. We are so thankful for the opportunities to fill these emergency needs throughout Buncombe County. Each satellite crisis location utilizes MANNA FoodBank to help supply much needed food to residents of Buncombe County.
Do you have stories or experiences that you'd like to share?  Send them to me  at: We'd love to hear what has inspired or touched you lately.  Please remember to keep all client identities anonymous. 
Upcoming Food Safety Trainings
Swain County Thursday, November 7th from 8:30-12:30 Swain Center, Southwestern Community College, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC 28713
Avery County Friday, December 13th from 1:00-4:00 Mayland Community College 785 Cranberry Street Newland, NC, 28657
Please bring $6 to the session for a new booklet. RSVP with Katy German,
NEW: Online Safe Food Handler Training
Only $15 to register and complete online. Complete at your own pace and computer. Certification lasts 3 years. Instructions for online training:
Did You Know? The Online Safe Food Handler Certification course is also available in Spanish through ServSafe.
Helping your clients and residents improve their diets with MANNA produce.

Are your clients looking for ways to incorporate MANNA produce into their meals? Chef Mark Christopher will demonstrate ways to shop, prepare, and cook MANNA produce in a style that is easy, efficient and tasty! Stop by MANNA on the next Chef Demo where he will prepare recipes and will hosting recipe contests with our partners.
8am to 12:30pm at Laurel's Kitchen at MANNA
 Attendance is free to MANNA Partners.
Our Upcoming Cooking Demo Dates:
    Tuesday, November 5th
Thursday, December 5th
Friday, January 3rd
November SNAP Selections at MANNA
The State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows MANNA to purchase high demand items for our emergency food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Please be aware that not all partner agencies are eligible to purchase SNAP products.
The following will be available to eligible agencies in November :
Pasta/spaghetti     Spaghetti Sauce     Peanut Butter
Mac & Cheese     Chunk Chicken     Sliced Peaches
A Message From Your Local VISTA Spencer Cranfill
I would like to send a massive thank you to all the agencies that have let VISTA’s interview you and into your board meetings! You’re not in trouble, I promise! These assessments will go a long way in helping MANNA strengthen this region of NC. 'How is this going to happen,' you may be asking yourself? That’s what I’m here to tell you!
Once we get all these assessments in one place we can begin to see what skill building our partners need most. For example, say a pantry needs help with fundraising. We can ask a pantry that has a best practice for raising funds to share what they do and what's they've learned along the way.  Next year VISTAs will be joined by a group of skilled volunteers to work one-on-on with interested pantries to set and achieve some simple agency strengthening goals.  We hope this process will strengthen not only individual pantries, but also bolster local support networks.
However, we can’t simply jump to this step just yet. The next mission for VISTA’s is to get out to each county and tell you what we have found. This will be your chance to recommend other ideas, or simply just see what your work with us has created! Keep an eye out for those dates, they will be coming sooner than you think.
Thank you for all you do!
Spencer Cranfill- Western Zone VISTA Volunteer
How much food comes on one pallet ? Half a pallet?

Have your ever wondered how much is in a pallet? One pallet of product equals about 30 banana boxes.  Half a pallet is the equivalent of about 14-15 banana boxes.  We love when our partners tell us they can take a whole or half pallet of bread or produce! If you are able to take bread and produce in large quantities, put a note in your notes box to let us know how many pallets or half pallets you can take. 

Mobile Schedule
Nov-Dec 2013
Note: an asterisk (*) means a change to the usual schedule due to a MANNA holiday closing.
1           F          Transylvania
5           T          Henderson, Polk
6           W         Madison
7           Th        Cherokee, Clay
8           F          Mitchell, Yancey
12         T          Macon, Jackson
13         W         Haywood, Swain, Graham
14         Th        McDowell, Avery
15         F          Transylvania
19         T          Henderson, Polk
20         W         Madison
21         Th        Cherokee, Clay
22         F          Mitchell, Yancey
25         M         Macon, Jackson *
26         T          Haywood, Swain, Graham *
                                              McDowell, Avery *
27         W         Transylvania *
28         Th        MANNA closed
29         F          MANNA closed
3           T         Henderson, Polk
4           W        Madison
5           Th       Cherokee, Clay
6           F         Mitchell, Yancey
10         T         Macon, Jackson
11         W        Haywood, Swain, Graham
12         Th       McDowell, Avery
13         F         Transylvania
17         T         Henderson, Polk
18         W        Madison
19         Th       Cherokee, Clay
20         F        Mitchell, Yancey
23         M        Macon, Jackson *
24         T         MANNA closed
25         W        MANNA closed
26         Th       Haywood, Swain, Graham *
                                                McDowell, Avery
27         F         Transylvania
31         T         MANNA closed
1          W         MANNA closed
Did You Know?
Farmers Markets Around WNC now Accept EBT
Outdoor Farmers Markets will continue to sell through the months of October and November making fresh produce available to clients. To find out which local Farmers Markets are accepting EBT/SNAP visit the ASAP Local Food Guide at

MANNA FoodBank • 627 Swannanoa River Road • Asheville, NC 28805
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Send to a Friend | Preferences | Report Spam
Powered by MyNewsletterBuilder
Bookmark and Share