“Ideally, MANNA would put itself out of business,” says Brad Searson, committee chair of MANNA FoodBank’s newly announced capital campaign, the Space to Erase Hunger. Since that wishful thinking isn’t reality, however, the MANNA team is revealing its comprehensive plans to achieve an “integrated facility,” through a complete overhaul of current warehouse operations. In its first […]
For many of us, when we think of preserved foods, we picture our grandparents carefully canning tomatoes from their garden, or the menu at a trendy restaurant featuring sauerkraut or pickled quail eggs. But imagine what food preservation means to someone experiencing food insecurity or to a donation grower faced with excess produce rotting in the field, and the image becomes something quite different.
Asheville Mardi Gras’ Cajun Cookoff paired costumes with cameraderie at the Millroom on Sunday, Jan. 25. The fundraising event, benefiting the Mardi Gras parade and Queen’s Ball (to be held Sunday, Feb. 15) as well as MANNA FoodBank, saw Cajun and zydeco fusion band Bayou Diesel playing to a decked out crowd in a venue […]
So far, confirmed warriors include Mojo Taco Lounge, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Haywood Lounge, the Social, Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Scully’s Bar and Grill, King James Public House, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Creekside Taphouse and the Barleycorn. A few additional competitor slots remain, and three of the listed participants — Barleycorn, Moe’s and Creekside — are in the game to defend a title.
Josh Stack, founder and executive director of Funding America Through Entertainment, first began combining his passion for music with his mission to end hunger two decades ago. “Back in the early ‘90s in the Southeast, everybody went to see Widespread Panic,” he says. “The band let me set up a table and raise money at […]
An 18-foot tree made of nonperishable food items and assorted household products, in a mall decked out in artificial candy canes: It’s as natural a fit as highlighting poverty in a place where commerce reigns and cash registers ring with cheerful abundance. “One of my goals for this season is to draw just a little […]
Empty Bowls is an international movement to end hunger and food insecurity, but the charity operates at a local level. Organizers will hold the annual Asheville fundraiser to benefit MANNA FoodBank on Sept. 15.
Newly released data pulled from Feeding America’s 2012 Map the Meal Gap study shows a 2 percent increase in food insecurity in Western North Carolina. In that year, the study found, 15.3 percent of the region’s people lacked consistent access to enough food to meet their nutritional needs, up from 14.9 percent in 2011.
This week and next, Whittington Chiropractic is hosting its annual food drive, an event that offers a chance to get your spine aligned while providing much-needed food resources for the community. (Photo courtesy of Tom Whittington)
David Wilcox, Polecat Creek, Matthew Richmond, Annie Lalley and Joe Ebel, Billy Jonas, Danny Ellis and others perform at LAB on Monday, Nov. 18. The show launches a seasonal compilation CD. Proceeds benefit MANNA FoodBank.
Green Sage took top honors at last Sunday’s Epic Tempeh Taco Challenge with their tempeh-chorizo riff on the Mexican classic. Xpress correspondent Jordan Foltz shares some highlights from the competition and takes a look at a few ways to enjoy the bean-based protein.
Town Mountain talks to Xpress (and gives us an exclusive performance) in advance of their Jan. 18 performance at Isis. That show, presented by FATE, benefits MANNA Foodbank and includes fellow bluegrass outfit Sanctum Sully. Click through for the video.
There are as many pizza preferences as there are toppings: thin crust, deep-dish, N.Y.-style, Napoli … pocket. But it seems that when a slice is just right, all denominations are satisfied. Cue the Asheville Pizza Showdown, happening Aug. 12 at Toy Boat Community Arts Center, hosted by the Garage at Biltmore. “Hot pizza, cold beer and great times: that’s what we’re trying to make and put the recipe together to create this event and make it extremely successful,” says Gary Charles of G Social Media, who is helping plan the event.
Help eradicate hunger with music, dance, food and more at MANNA FoodBank’s Blue Jean Ball
This weekend boasts an eclectic range of low-cost events, from edible art to opera in a bar. While you’re here, share more budget-friendly happenings in the comments section.
On Saturday, June 4, MANNA FoodBank will host the 12th Annual Blue Jean Ball on the banks of the Swannanoa River. More than 20 restaurants, dozens of area businesses and four bands are making this signature Asheville event possible. Many articles and studies have been published regarding hunger in Western North Carolina, including a piece […]
Paula Deen at MANNA FoodBank this morning — photo gallery by Jonathan Welch
The holidays are a time for giving, and this week we’ve included a few budget-friendly benefits to keep your wallet fat and your conscience clear. And, as always, there’s plenty of art, music and gatherings to entertain as well. While you’re here, check out Clubland for a complete live music calendar.
Pizza, brew and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2010 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam at Craggie Brewing Co.’s upcoming benefit for MANNA, held on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m.
The new governor of the state of North Carolina will deliver her first biennial State of the State address tonight to a joint assembly of the N.C. Legislature—and to the public via live television. Meanwhile, legislative bills have moved forward to aid the state’s food banks, including WNC’s MANNA FoodBank. Also, Perdue will speak in Asheville on Thursday.
Asheville-based MANNA FoodBank is urging WNC residents to give to an emergency food drive this Thursday, July 10.