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Current MANNA Facts

Get the facts with current information.
Updated January 2014

  • MANNA FoodBank’s Response to Hunger and Poverty: MANNA FoodBank distributes food and grocery products to a network of more than 200 nonprofit partner agencies in 16 counties of Western North Carolina.
  • Year-to-Year: The need continues to grow. MANNA FoodBank distributed 12.8 million pounds of food and grocery products in 2013.
  • Month-to-Month: November of 2013, MANNA distributed 1,207,407 pounds of food.
  • MANNA FoodBank distributed 2,915,722 pounds of fresh produce.
  • MANNA FoodBank distributed 263,310 pounds of apples from local growers including a record setting volunteer harvest of 203,025 donated by Allen and Sheree King. Volunteers picked and bagged nearly all of the apples!
  • MANNA FoodBank is able to provide food for 3 meals for every $1 donated.
  • MANNA FoodBank provides enough food for 29,000 meals per day. That enough for over 1,100 meals per hour for every hour of the day for every day of the year!
  • This year’s dollar value: 94 cents of every dollar donated to MANNA FoodBank (including the value of all donated food) goes directly to services in the community to help fight hunger.
  • MANNA has a 4-star Charity Navigator rating and a perfect transparency and accountability score.
  • In 2012, 6,935 volunteers served 56,754 hours in support of the MANNA mission – the equivalent of hours served by 27 full-time staff members.
  • MANNA’s FNS (food stamp) Outreach team assisted 1,061 apply for FNS. It is estimated that each $5 of food stamps can generate up to $9 in economic activity.
  • MANNA volunteers and workers packed and delivered an average of 4,600 MANNA Packs to be slipped into backpacks each Friday.
  • 15 “Markets” offering fresh produce and bread – essential perishable foods – modeled after community farmer’s markets have opened across WNC.
  • MANNA FoodBank is one of more than 200 food banks that are members of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Hunger Statistics from 2010 Hunger Study

The following stats are sourced from Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2010 study. A new Hunger in America study was undertaken in August 2013. That data will be released in the 2014 Hunger in America report in spring of 2014; we are including the below stats because they still remain relevant.

  • 31% of households served by MANNA partner agencies include children under 18.
  • 36% of households include at least one employed adult.
  • 74% had incomes below the official federal poverty level of $16,600 during the previous month.
  • 32% of total clients served by MANNA’s partner agencies have one household member in poor health.
  • MANNA FoodBank is by far the single most important source of food for its partner agencies, accounting for 77% of the food distributed by emergency food pantries, 40% of soup kitchens’ food, and 53% of emergency shelters’ food.
  • People are making hard choices-food or heat; food or the mortgage payment; food or prescription drugs; food or getting the car repaired.

MANNA FoodBank’s Projects:

The mission of MANNA FoodBank is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. The vision of MANNA FoodBank is a hunger-free WNC. Two programs, MANNA Packs for Kids Program and Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach, support our mission and vision.

MANNA Packs for Kids: One out of four children in WNC lives in conditions of food insecurity-without the continuous access to the basic food they need to live a healthy life. MANNA Packs ensures that each Friday children from low-income households across our service area leave school with a package of food in their backpacks to make sure they have nourishment over the weekend. In school year 2012-2013, the program reached an average of 4600 kids per week in 132 different schools spanning all 16 counties in our service area.

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS- formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) Outreach: This program is an effective and efficient way to prevent hunger. Participation in FNS has been shown to improve the odds that a child will experience healthy development and reduces the odds of severe and moderate food insecurity. In 2012, MANNA’s outreach efforts assisted 947 households with applications for FNS resulting in an estimated $900,000 in estimated benefits to recipients. This translates to an influx of approximately $1,600,000 to the local economy.

Food Insecurity and Poverty in Western North Carolina

This data is from the 2013 Map the Meal Gap study:

  • 14.9 percent of the people living in MANNA’s service area are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. This percentage equals approximately 104,690 people. North Carolina’s food insecurity rate is 19.3 percent.
  • 27 percent, or 38,000 of WNC children live in food insecure households. The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of access to adequate food resulting from the lack of money and other resources.

This state data is from the latest US Census Bureau American Community Survey:

  • 1 out of 4 of North Carolina’s children lives in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. Data released Sept. 2012)
  • Over half of North Carolina single mothers with children under the age of 5 live in poverty.
  • 14.7% people in North Carolina received FNS (Food Stamp) assistance in the past 12 months.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 (9.7 ) of North Carolina senior citizens (over 65) is living in poverty – 10.9 of our seniors.

This data is found at the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • N.C. unemployment rate is 8.9%. (Latest data is from July 2013 – new state numbers are generally posted on the third Friday of the month.) There are counties in our service area that have an unemployment rate of two times our state average.

For a printable version of these facts, manna-by-the-numbers.pdf

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