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MANNA Message
A newsletter for MANNA FoodBank Partners
                  JANUARY 2014                             
2013, Another record-breaking year!
Thanks to the incredible efforts of all our partner agencies, the MANNA network distributed over 12.8 million pounds of food to people in need in WNC, a more than 14% increase over 2012.  That's enough food for roughly 10.7 million meals, which means our network provided an average of more than 29,000 meals each day!
December Client Data Survey
Click on this link to go to the January 2014 client data survey:
 
 
Please submit overdue reports and data to our office by January 20th to prevent your shopping privileges from being suspended. If you have questions about the monthly survey, please contact Katy German at kgerman@mannafoodbank.org.
MANNA Welcomes New Agencies and Programs to its Network

MAGIC CCLC
Optimist Santa Pal Club
Community Service Navigators
Woodridge Apartments Produce Market
 
Thank you to the 220+ active partners who helped make 2013 a wonderful year!
 
 Grants and other Resources 
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New Workshops From WNC NonProfit Pathways Are Now Listed Online:
 

 
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The Society of St. Andrew began its Gleaning Network in the US in 1988 salvaging and redistributing fruits and vegetables that are left after harvest or picked and unsold at farmers markets. MANNA Partner Agencies may be eligible to receive fruits and vegetables to distribute to clients. Contact Asheville Area representative Bill Walker for details.
 
Society of St. Andrew- Gleaning Western NC Fields
828-273-0025
salvages fruits and vegetables that have already been picked and cannot be sold for various reasons. - See more at: http://www.endhunger.org/Agencies/agency-NC.htm#sthash.1F0THcDE.dpuf
The Society of St. Andrew, a hunger relief organization based in Virginia, began the Gleaning Network in 1988. - See more at: http://www.endhunger.org/Agencies/agency-NC.htm#sthash.1F0THcDE.dpuf
  The Society of St. Andrew, a hunger relief organization based in Virginia, began the Gleaning Network in 1988. - See more at: http://www.endhunger.org/Agencies/agency-NC.htm#sthash.1F0THcDE.dpuf
  The Society of St. Andrew, a hunger relief organization based in Virginia, began the Gleaning Network in 1988. - See more at: http://www.endhunger.org/Agencies/agency-NC.htm#sthash.1F0THcDE.dpuf
New Additions to TEFAP Selection
The following will be available to TEFAP-eligible pantries in January:
 
Applesauce     Green Beans    Chicken Leg Quarters     
Peanut Butter       Orange Juice      Pears      Milk UHT    
Black Eye Peas      Oats        Green Peas      Whole Turkeys
 
MANNA Reminders
     Produce, bread and perishables can be picked up Monday through Friday from 1-3 pm. Agencies can call Erica at MANNA (828) 299-3663 x236 prior to travel  to ask what produce is available.
 
     There is no limit on produce, bread, and bakery!
 
Did You Know?
Study Shows Strong Nutrition Education Can Lead to Healthier Food Choices by FNS ("food stamps" or "SNAP") Recipients
 
The study, SNAP Education and Evaluation Study (Wave II), evaluated the impact of several nutrition education programs on fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children and seniors. The study found that children participating in certain nutrition education programs increased their daily fruit and vegetable consumption at home by a quarter- to a third-cup, and were more likely to choose low-fat or fat-free milk. Participating seniors consumed about a half-cup more fruits and vegetables daily.
 
FNS ("food stamps" or "SNAP") Retail Locator Can Aid in the Search for SNAP Approved Stores
is a convenient online tool that helps recipients find locations that accept – make that welcome – SNAP benefits and helps them make more informed shopping choices. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/19/two-new-usda-resources-announced-to-help-reduce-hunger/#sthash.JbNhigIg.dpuf
is a convenient online tool that helps recipients find locations that accept – make that welcome – SNAP benefits and helps them make more informed shopping choices. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/19/two-new-usda-resources-announced-to-help-reduce-hunger/#sthash.JbNhigIg.dpuf
is a convenient online tool that helps recipients find locations that accept – make that welcome – SNAP benefits and helps them make more informed shopping choices. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/19/two-new-usda-resources-announced-to-help-reduce-hunger/#sthash.JbNhigIg.dpuf
is a convenient online tool that helps recipients find locations that accept – make that welcome – SNAP benefits and helps them make more informed shopping choices. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/19/two-new-usda-resources-announced-to-help-reduce-hunger/#sthash.JbNhigIg.dpuf
 
is a convenient online tool that helps recipients find locations that accept – make that welcome – SNAP benefits and helps them make more informed shopping choices. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/19/two-new-usda-resources-announced-to-help-reduce-hunger/#sthash.JbNhigIg.dpuf
is a convenient online tool that helps recipients find locations that accept – make that welcome – SNAP benefits and helps them make more informed shopping choices. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/05/19/two-new-usda-resources-announced-to-help-reduce-hunger/#sthash.JbNhigIg.dpuf
The SNAP Retailer Locator is a user-friendly web based application that provides easy access to the location of the nearest SNAP approved stores. Enter any full address, city and state, or zip code and get a list of the 10, 25, or 50 closest SNAP retailers plotted on a map.
 
Click here to access the SNAP Retailer Locator or to learn more about the program.
MANNA Produce Spotlight
In a culinary context, the zucchini is treated as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. In North America, Australia, Germany and Scandinavia the plant is commonly called a zucchini. This derives from the prevalent name in Italy, zucchina or zucchino (small pumpkin).
 
Zucchini Cornbread
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter plus more for pan
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large zucchini (about 10 ounces)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup medium-grind cornmeal 
 
Position a rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 350°. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3" loaf pan.
 
Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until butter solids at bottom of pan turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. Scrape butter into a medium bowl. Set aside and let cool. Whisk in eggs and buttermilk.
 
Trim zucchini ends. Thinly slice five 1/8" rounds from 1 end of zucchini and reserve for garnish. Coarsely grate remaining zucchini. Add to bowl with butter mixture and stir until well blended.
 
Sift both flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. Whisk in cornmeal. Add zucchini mixture; fold just to blend (mixture will be very thick). Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top. Place reserved zucchini slices atop batter down center in a single layer.
 
Bake bread until golden and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool completely on a wire rack. Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
 
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.
We Want to Hear From You!
Do you have a volunteer story, recipe, photograph from your agency or general good news you'd like to share on the monthly MANNA Message? Submit your ideas before the end of each month to Ana Baranda,  abaranda@mannafoodbank.org.
Contact Us
MANNA FoodBank, Asheville
      828-299-3663      
Agency Services Fax
828-299-7959
Business Office Fax
     828-299-3664      
 
 
 
 
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Leigh Pettus - Chief of Programs & Agency Relations
828-299-3663 x230
LPettus@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Katy German - Data and Compliance Coordinator
828-299-3663 x234 
KGerman@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Jason Turnbull - FNS Program Manager
828-299-3663 x254
 JTurnbull@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Amy Meier - FNS Outreach Associate
828-299-3663
AMeier@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Eastern Zone
(Madison, Yancey Mitchell, Avery, McDowell)
 
Emily Miller- Eastern Zone Outreach Coordinator
828-4605811
Emiller@mannafoobank.org
 
Central Zone
(Haywood, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk)
 
Phil Carland - Central Zone Outreach Coordinator
828-290-5937
PCarland@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Western Zone
(Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon, Jackson)
 
Jennifer Trippe - Western Zone Outreach Coordinator
828-575-4933
JTrippe@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Ella Kliger - Western Zone Outreach Associate 828-545-6688
EKliger@MANNAFoodBank.org
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 Other Key MANNA Staff
 
Cindy Threlkeld - Executive Director
CThrelkeld@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Glenda Gragg - Distribution Coordinator
(product availability and agency shopping)
GGragg@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Pat Williams - Product Planning Coordinator (Accounts Receivable, TEFAP)
PWilliams@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Jill Hanson - Chief Operating Officer
JHanson@MANNAFoodBank.org
 
Becky Upham - Communications Director
BUpham@MANNAFoodBank.org
Shoppers: Plan Ahead for MANNA Closings
MANNA will be closed to shoppers on
Monday, January 20th
 
Here are a just a few reminders from the folks in Operations and Distribution:
  • Add full limits of shelf-stable mixed boxes to your orders each week (codes 9000, 9005, 9010, 9015, and 0068).  Orders placed 5-14 days ahead of time will be ready for you when you come to shop.
  • If you can take a half pallet or pallet of something, let us know!  A pallet is 40” x 42” – 6 boxes tall – 36 banana boxes to specify. A pallet is 40” x 42” – 6 boxes tall – 36 banana boxes to specify.
  • Look ahead - if MANNA is closed on one of your shopping days, consider getting two weeks worth of product.  To find out how to do this, call Glenda at 828-299-3663.
  • Pantries only:  remember to order “food drive” in your notes box!  Demand is up, and mixed box items are in high demand.  However, food from community food drives will start coming in soon and serves as a good back-up.
 Want to know if MANNA is closed due to inclement weather?

  • Call MANNA after 6:30 am at (828)299-3663.
  • When you hear the recorded message, dial 2-2-5.
Upcoming Food Safety Training
Full ServSafe Certification is now required for all on-site meal providers.
Here are some upcoming sessions:
 
ServSafe for Nutrition at ABTech in Enka
Jan 25-26
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cost: $70, plus $ for booklets
 
ServSafe for Nutrition at ABTech in Enka
Mar 25-26
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cost: $70, plus $ for booklets
 
On-site meal partners can also arrange for local trainings through their local cooperative extension offices.  Please remember to send a copy of your certificate of completion to MANNA.
 
For Pantries and Produce Markets:
Online Safe Food Handler Training: Only $15 to register, is valid for three years and can be completed online from a home or office computer. For more information on how how to register visit the pdf instruction page:online-fst-option-flyer.pdf

 
2014 1st Quarter  Talking Council Dates
 
 
"...An opportunity to come together and ensure that our communities have the food they need."
Central Zone Meetings
RSVP to Phil Carland:  pcarland@mannafoodbank.org
 
Henderson - January 22 @ 2:00-3:00pm
Interfaith Assistance Ministry, 210 Ehringhaus Street (& 3rd Ave. West), Hendersonville, NC 28739
 
Polk - January 23 @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, 134 White Drive, Columbus, NC 28722
 
Transylvania - January 29 @ 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Bread of Life, 248 S Caldwell St, Brevard, NC 28712
 
Haywood- January 30 @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Beulah Baptist Church, 483 Sunset Cir, Canton, NC ‎ 28716
 
Eastern Zone Meetings
RSVP to Emily Miller:  emiller@mannafoodbank.org
 
McDowell - January 15 @ 5:30-7:00pm
Cooperative Extension Conference Room
County Administration Building, 60 East Court St, Marion NC 28752
 
Yancey - January 16 @ 12:00-2:00 pm
Yancey County Library,
321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714
 
Avery - January 22 @ 12:00-2:00 pm
Avery County Library,
150 Library Rd, Newland, NC 28657
 
Madison January 24 @ 3:00-5:00 pm
Mashburn Medical Center Community Room
590 Medical Park Dr. Marshall, NC 28753
 
Mitchell - January 29 @ 12:00-2:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine
125 W Tappan St, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
 
Western Zone Meetings
RSVP to Jennifer Trippe - jtrippe@mannafoodbank.org
 
Macon - January 07 @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Franklin Library- Large Conference room
149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, NC 28734
 
Clay - January 24 @ 1:30-3:30 pm
Ledford's Chapel Methodist Church
Details will be emailed!
 
Jackson - January 27 @ 9:00 - 11:00 am
The Community Table in Sylva
 
Cherokee - January 30 @10 am - noon
Murphy Public Library
 
Swain and Graham counties are being scheduled - check your email for information coming soon!
Free Cooking Demos at MANNA!
 
 
Chef Mark Christopher and Sous Chef Dabney demonstrate ways to shop, prepare, and cook MANNA produce in a style that is easy, efficient and tasty at Laurel's Kitchen every month! Stop by MANNA on the Chef's next visit- a couple of lucky visitors will even be able to sample a MANNA produce-inspired lunch.
 
The Chef is also visiting partner agencies and preparing cooking demos for clients. For more information on how to bring Mark Christopher to your agency or upcoming distribution contact kgerman@mannafoodbank.org.
 
Chef Mark Christopher's next visits:
                              Monday, February 3rd
 Tuesday, March 4th
 
8am to 12:30pm at Laurel's Kitchen. Attendance is free.
 

 
Above: A selection of dishes prepared at Laurel's Kitchen on December 5th, including Cuban Stew.
 
Cuban Stew
prepared by Chef Mark Christopher Kruse
Serves 12
Yellow Onion:  1
Red Onion:      1
Zucchini, small dice:  2 Cups
Tomatoes, Red:  Rough Chop: 12
Tomatoes, Yellow: Rough Chop: 6
Fresh Tomato Purée: 3 Cups
Chicken Stock: 10-15 floz.
Black Beans, drained & rinsed, 1 can.
Fresh Cilantro: to-taste
Garlic, minced: 3 T.
Oregano, dried: 3 tsp.
Cumin Powder:  3 tsp.
Chili Powder:  3 T.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 3 T.
 
In a large stockpot, add olive oil to coat the surface, then over a medium heat, add onion & sweat for approximately 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken stock to deglaze the pan.
 
Add tomatoes, zucchini, tomato purée, Black Beans, and all seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer over Low Heat for at least 40-60 Minutes.
 
Service Options: Serve over rice, Croutons, cooked Penne pasta, shaved raw zucchini - your choice!
Other Upcoming Community Events
Healthy Yancey's Community Forum at the Yancey County Public Library
January 23, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Get health insurance questions answered
  • Register for health insurance online same day or schedule a time for a one on one session with a certified application counselor (free of charge)
  • Free healthy snacks
  • Children’s activities/childcare provided
  • Learn about other community resources and have the opportunity to sign up for food stamps, Medicaid and more
 Western North Carolina Food Policy Council
 
January 16- Sylva, Jackson County
For more information, email:  wncfpc@gmail.com
 

MANNA
Mobile Schedule Jan-Mar 2014
Note: an asterisk (*) means a change to the usual schedule due to a MANNA holiday closing.
January                  
                                1      W     Holiday - MANNA Closed
7       T      Henderson, Polk
8       W     Madison
9       Th    Cherokee-Clay
10     F      Mitchell-Yancey
14     T      Macon-Jackson
15     W     Haywood-Swain-Graham
16     Th    McDowell-Avery
17     F     Transylvania
20     M     Holiday - MANNA Closed
21     T     Henderson-Polk
22     W    Madison
23     Th    Cherokee-Clay
24     F     Mitchell-Yancey
28     T     Macon-Jackson
29     W    Haywood-Swain-Graham
30     Th    McDowell-Avery
31     F     Transylvania
 
February  
                                4      T      Henderson-Polk
5      W     Madison
6      Th     Cherokee-Clay
7      F      Mitchell-Yancey
11     T     Macon-Jackson
12     W     Haywood-Swain-Graham
13    Th     McDowell-Avery
14     F      Transylvania
18    T      Henderson-Polk
19     W     Madison
20    Th     Cherokee-Clay
21     F     Mitchell-Yancey
25    T     Macon-Jackson
26     W    Haywood-Swain-Graham
27    Th    McDowell-Avery
28     F     Transylvania
 
March                 
4     T     Henderson-Polk
5     W    Madison
6     Th   Cherokee-Clay
7     F     Mitchell-Yancey
11   T     Macon-Jackson
12   W    Haywood-Swain-Graham
13   Th   McDowell-Avery
14    F    Transylvania
18    T    Henderson-Polk
19   W    Madison
20   Th   Cherokee-Clay
21    F    Mitchell-Yancey
25    T    Macon-Jackson
26    W   Haywood-Swain-Graham
27   Th   McDowell-Avery
28    F    TransylvaniANNAM
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