Students Take on Hunger at 

On a chilly winter night, a group of teenagers dressed in black t-shirts came together with a singular purpose: To do some good.

MANNA was proud to host Midnight MANNA at the beginning of February, an annual service party for high school-aged youth, thanks to the Asheville Youth Mission. Midnight MANNA is an after-hours event for students to get involved with the work to end hunger in Western North Carolina.

From 9:00 pm until just after midnight, this volunteer group of 90 students enjoyed live music, food from local restaurants, and great team building - all while cleaning, labeling, and packing bulk amounts of canned corn to support families across our region.

These students understand the power that they have to make an impact on hunger in our area. Together, they packed over 20,000 pounds of food. 

Thank you to these incredible students that came to MANNA FoodBank on a Saturday night to put your compassion into action!
Mosaix Group Wins Global
Award for Blue Jean Ball!

Mosaix Group, a leader in the field of Event Planning and Destination Management Companies (DMC), has been awarded the 2017 ADMEI Achievement Award for Best Public Event in recognition of their volunteer work on MANNA FoodBank’s 2016 Blue Jean Ball. The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) announced the winners of the prestigious 2017 Achievement Awards at the ADMEI Awards Gala on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain. The 2017 ADMEI Achievement Awards winners were chosen by a panel of international judges, selecting their top choice from virtual storyboards presented by the finalists in each category.

"Every year, I ask my staff to voluntarily donate their time and energy to assist in the production of MANNA  FoodBank’s Blue Jean Ball, and every year I’m bowled over by their creativity, tenacity and dedication to the event and the mission behind it,” said Melissa Murray, Mosaix Group’s founder and CEO. “This was our eighth year volunteering with the Blue Jean Ball, and this award is as much a recognition of the great work that MANNA FoodBank does on behalf of the 16 counties it serves in Western North Carolina as it is our event planning services. We couldn’t be prouder to use our expertise to help them succeed.”

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Free Public Forum this Friday:
WNC Food Deserts
and Food Policy
Join us for a free and public conversation about food deserts and food policy in Western North Carolina during the next Carolina Public Press Newsmakers forum, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.

This will be your chance to hear and to discuss the issues surrounding access to affordable and fresh foods in Western North Carolina. What are “food deserts” and where do they exist in Western North Carolina? What are the efforts to set food policy at the local, regional and statewide level — and what, if any, impact will that have on our residents, economy and communities?

Our thanks to Carolina Public Press for hosting this important public forum.

The Deadline Approaches!
Don't miss your chance to sponsor
Blue Jean Ball 2017:
Join Asheville's favorite party of the summer as a Blue Jean Ball sponsor! This annual sold-out event is our hottest ticket! Sponsors receive excellent perks including VIP tickets and special shuttling accommodations to the event.
But the best part is that every sponsor helps MANNA in our mission to end hunger in WNC.
Your business or employer could be the next local organization to support this important work, so don't miss the fast-approaching deadline to become a 2017 Blue Jean Ball sponsor! 
Contact Alisa Hixson, Director of Corporate Relations, with questions, or for details about sponsor packages, or to discuss creating your own custom sponsor package. 

Email or call 828-299-3663 ext. 1232.

Get Geared Up for the 
Student Food Drive
2017 Competition!

For the last ten years, students from across Western North Carolina have participated in MANNA’s annual Student Food Drive. During the month of March, students from across the region will set out to encourage their communities to help address hunger by collecting food donations, monetary donations, and by volunteering.
Last year, 29 WNC schools participated and collected over 18,000 pounds of food, over $4,500 in funding support, and logged over 170 service hours, all in the name of ending hunger across WNC.

You can help your local schools raise awareness for hunger by keeping an eye out for student-run food drives and fundraising events. You can help support a new generation of people that want to make our community stronger. 
---------- FOOD DONORS ----------
We are egg-static to recognize and thank the following food suppliers for helping us source affordable options for local eggs!
Farside Farms, in Alexander, NC
Parker and Reichman, in Andrews, NC
These food partners help supply the nutrient-rich breakfast staple, further supporting MANNA's efforts to keep nutritious food on our neighbors' plates. Thank you to our partners in protein!
---------- FOOD DRIVES ----------
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following organizations that hosted food drives for MANNA!

Kearfott Corporation: 920 lbs.
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community: 746 lbs.
PLI: 534 lbs.
Davita Healthcare: 216 lbs.
UNCA Athletics: 176 lbs.
Leadership Asheville Forum: 134 lbs.
Urban Athletic Training Center: 92 lbs.
Whittington Chiropractic: 1,062 lbs.
Mission Hospital Laboratories: 234 lbs.
Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation

The Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation, based in Spruce Pine, has been a long-time partner with MANNA FoodBank with a special focus on meeting the needs of those in Mitchell County. The impact of their support ranges from supporting our critical MANNA Packs For Kids, Summer Packs, and Food Distribution programs, to their very generous support of our recent Space To Erase Hunger renovations.
In February, we had the privilege of hosting their Board of Directors meeting and giving the Phillips family, their Board members, and their Wells Fargo Philanthropic Advisors a full tour of MANNA's recent renovations to showcase the impact of their abiding support and partnership.
We would like to extend our unending gratitude to the Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation for your firm stance against hunger in our region, and your support to provide food to thousands of residents across WNC. 
Blossman Gas Provides 9,500 Meals 
with Heat for Hunger Campaign 
Thanks to another successful Heat for Hunger campaign, Blossman Gas and their customers have helped to provide more food to our neighbors needing emergency food support. Blossman's winter fundraiser collected $3,000 to support MANNA's food distribution efforts, which will provide the food for 10,500 meals! Our local businesses and community organizations are vital to MANNA's efforts to get food to hungry people, and Blossman Gas, Blossman employees, and Blossman customers are all part of this solution! Thank you, Blossman community. 
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