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April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month
Volunteers are the heart and soul of MANNA's work to end hunger across Western North Carolina. They give of their time to make our community better for everyone, and the impact of their work resonates strongly at MANNA's warehouses. Every day, hundreds of volunteers work in the warehouse sorting food, hit the road delivering food, and put on a headset to answer calls to our HelpLine. Volunteers run hundreds of pantries across our region, advocate for people that need support and perhaps just a sympathetic ear, and work hard to not just provide food to those that need it, but hope, as well. 
 
Our world is richer, thanks to all of YOU who come together for this community, work hard to serve everyone, and truly embody the "Love Your Neighbor" moral code that is crucial to our society. Thank you, to everyone who has volunteered to help out at MANNA, at your local pantry, and your school, your work, and from your home. Thank you for coming together with us to work towards our shared vision of a hunger-free WNC! 
Exercise for the Soul
What does it mean to be healthy? What does a healthy community look like? What can we do—as individuals, as an organization, and as a community—to ensure that our children have a healthy future? These are questions that we ask ourselves daily at MANNA FoodBank.
 
To lead a healthier life, most doctors prescribe making changes to diet and exercise—fuel your body with healthier foods, and burn that fuel with regular physical activity. At MANNA FoodBank, though, we take that prescription a step further.
 
While exercising your body is important, it is equally important to exercise your soul. Compassion, Mindfulness, Empathy, and Love: these are the foundational ingredients of a healthy community. And just like a bicep or a quadricep, these are soul muscles that need regular exercise.
 
Last year, 6,215 volunteers spent more than 69,000 hours exercising their soul muscles at MANNA. Six days a week—52 weeks a year—volunteers are swimming laps of Love by packing fresh fruits and vegetables for distribution to our 222 partner agencies. They’re taking their Compassion out for a jog by assembling 4,800+ MANNA Packs for Kids each week so that children across WNC will have food for the weekend. They’re practicing Mindfulness and Empathy by devoting their energy towards helping others.
 
We are so grateful for our volunteers. Not only do our volunteers play a pivotal role in sorting, packing, and distributing the 16.4 million pounds of food for the 107,000+ people that we serve each year, but our volunteers also help to create a very special community centered upon love and respect. This is the foundation of a healthy community and MANNA takes great pride in our role as a place where people can exercise their soul.

April is National Volunteer Month, and we have a prescription for you: Give two hours of volunteer service and call us in the morning (to schedule your next volunteer shift). You’ll not only help to make a difference in the lives of others, but you might just discover muscles you didn’t know you had.
Volunteer at MANNA!
If you are interested in volunteering at MANNA, please complete a Volunteer Application by following this link. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Matt Farr at mfarr@mannafoodbank.org or 828-774-5911.
SPECIAL EVENTS
Table for Three Raffle Tickets:
On Sale Now!
Welcome to the first annual Table for Three Raffle!
 
 
Table for Three is MANNA's partnership with Asheville’s nationally recognized independent restaurant scene. Enter to win an incredible GRAND PRIZE: Dinner for two at 52 of the area’s top restaurants! That’s a year's-worth of dining out.
 
The best part: each ticket supports MANNA’s vital work to provide food to WNC families struggling to make ends meet. With every ticket sold, MANNA can provide enough food to feed one person a daily meal… for an entire year. Thus, that is why it is a Table for Three!
 
(PS: Get your tickets by this Friday at noon and be entered to win the Early Bird prize...follow the link for more information!)
 
SEE ALL 52 RESTAURANTS!
 
 
Walmart's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." Campaign is in Full Swing!
We need your help! Help MANNA provide food to families in WNC at your next stop to Walmart! Now through May 15!
 
 
Walmart's Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign is back, and we hope to beat last year's record! Walmart is helping food banks across the country raise money to address hunger! There are three simple ways to help:
 
1. Purchase participating products at your local Walmart. 
2. Make a donation to MANNA at checkout. 
3. Use your social media power to help raise money.
 
Want to know more about how you can help?

 
CLICK HERE.
 
 
Michael Lawson, the Store Manager for the Asheville Walmart on Swannanoa River Road, helped us kick off the campaign. Thank you for your support, Michael!
COMMUNITY ACTION
 
CALL TO ACTION!
This Saturday, Help Us Pack 300,000 Meals for WNC Families
 
Would you like to be a part of one of the largest meal-packing events in Asheville? This Saturday, come join the Eighth Annual Rotarians Against Hunger event at the Reuter Family YMCA in Biltmore Park, where we will be aiming to pack over 300,000 meals! Every family meal will be distributed by MANNA FoodBank to families across the mountains. 
 
This is a family-friendly event that lets you get hands-on in the solution to end hunger for folks across Western North Carolina. Plus, it's fun! Music, high energy, and the best part - it's all for a great cause.
 
Visit the link for more information, to sign up, or to donate to the efforts!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
CALL TO ACTION!
Volunteer for the National Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive
Mark your calendars: May 13th

 
The NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) Food Drive is one of our largest food drives of the year, and we need your help to make it a success! This food drive entails people leaving food donations at their mailbox, which are then picked up by postal workers on their regular mail delivery routes. We need roughly 16 more volunteers to help out with this annual food drive!

To sign up, contact Matt Farr, Volunteer Manager, at MFarr@MANNAFoodBank.org.
The 2017 Student Food Drive Results Are In!
 
The 2017 Student Food Drive has concluded and we are happy to announce that it has been another record breaking year! Across WNC, 36 schools participated by bringing donations of food and money, conducting service hours at MANNA and our partner agencies, and receiving hunger education presentations.
 
The overall totals were:
Money raised: $8,014 
Food donated: 21,540 lbs. 
Hours served: 197 service hours
Student participation: 706 students learned more about hunger in their communtiy
 
Individual awards were given for:
Best in College: A-B Tech
Best in High School: A.C. Reynolds
Best in Middle School: Waynesville Middle
Best in Elementary School: Cartoogechaye Elementary
Most Improved from 2016: Weaverville Primary
Rookie of the Year: Smokey Mountain Elementary
 
Congratulations to our 2017 winners, and a HUGE thank you to all of the students and teachers who worked so hard to make such a powerful 
difference in our communities!
 
GIFTS, AWARDS, and RECOGNITION 
Publix Employees Do All Three: Donate Food, Money, and Time
 
We would like to give a special shout out to Publix and the local Publix employees for their continuing support of MANNA's mission to end hunger in WNC. Publix employees volunteer regularly in our warehouses, donate high quality food like meat, produce, and dairy products, and continue to make monetary donations that help MANNA stretch our resources to provide as much food to as many WNC residents as possible.
 
Thank you, Publix team, for your work to help us feed families across the mountains!
Volunteer Recognition: Ben Trotter, A Hero for Feeding Kids
"What would we ever do without Ben? He's indispensable, and the most faithful volunteer I have ever worked with." - Beth Stahl, Program Manager for MANNA Packs for Kids
 
MANNA is incredibly lucky. Because our mission resonates with so many, we have a wealth of incredible, dedicated volunteers. Ben Trotter is one such volunteer that has been working tirelessly since 2014 to make sure that kids in Haywood County receive their weekly MANNA Packs for Kids, the bag of food that goes into students' backpacks on Friday to ensure they have enough food over the weekend. In his almost three years of regular weekly service, Ben has driven over 120 trips from MANNA to Clyde Elementary School, where he meets members of the Waynesville Rotary Club to distribute MANNA Packs to 14 schools in Haywood County. Those 120 trips have delivered over 41,800 packs of food to kids!! 
 
Thank you Ben, for your commitment to getting food to the children of Western North Carolina!
Filling Plates Across WNC: Supporter Spotlight, April 2017
 
MANNA depends on a variety of funders to help us meet the current daily need for food in Western North Carolina. Every day, MANNA ships enough food for more than 37,500 meals, and it takes a wide range of support to ensure that we can continue to meet this need. These organizations are helping MANNA meet that daily need with the following support:
 
 
Beattie Foundation's support of MANNA's food distribution program in August helped provide the food for 17,500 meals.
 
TD Charitable Foundation's support of MANNA's food distribution program in August helped provide the food for 35,000 meals
 
Bank of America Charitable Foundation's support of MANNA's food distribution program in September helped provide the food for 17,500 meals
 
Wells Fargo's support of MANNA's food distribution program in December helped provide the food for 35,000 meals
 
TJX Foundation's support of MANNA's food distribution program in January helped provide the food for 26,250 meals
 
Our sincere thanks to these foundations and organizations that help MANNA provide the vital basics for thousands of families across WNC, every day of the year.
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MANNA FoodBank  •  627 Swannanoa River Road  •  Asheville, NC 28805

http://mannafoodbank.org

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