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Food Drives

So you want to have a food drive? GREAT! Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm, we appreciate that you care. Here are the easy steps you need to take to make the food drive successful, productive, and fun.

Step 1: Decide to do a food drive. (check – that was easy)

Step 2: Decide which food drive option you want – your place or ours? In other words, a traditional food drive or our nifty virtual food drive (What the heck is a virtual food drive you say? Find out more here. ) If you decide on a virtual food drive, START HERE . If you just want to find a virtual food drive or go shopping at our food ongoing food drive click here .

For a traditional food drive, proceed to Step 3 below.

Step 3: Click on our link for the Complete Packet below, you will find:

  • How to prepare, promote and execute your food drive.
  • A printable flyer about our most needed food items.
  • Hunger facts about Western North Carolina
  • Your FOOD DRIVE REGISTRATION FORM (you must fill out and return this one)

Step 4: Fill out your FOOD DRIVE REGISTRATION FORM from the packet. You can fill it out while online, save it, then email it to Or you can print it out to fax to 828-299-3676 or bring it in person. Notes on registering-

  • Include your contact info and the point person.
  • Be sure and include start and end times for the drive.
  • Let us know if you need to use a MANNA barrel (if you want one, be sure it can fit into your vehicle).**
  • Let us know when you will be bringing in your donations.

Step 5: After you have turned in your FOOD DRIVE REGISTRATION FORM and gotten your collection station set up, you can start the food drive.

Planning worksheet with guide & flyer:food-drive-planning-worksheet-guide-flyer-6-15-12.pdf

**We no longer have the resources to transport the food barrels. You are welcome to borrow them from us, but you must provide the transport for pick up and drop off. Feel free to get creative with your own collection receptacles!

Don’t forget to print out a flyer to attach to your collection receptacle.

Please return worksheet to MANNA by emailing (or scanning then emailing) to, mailing it to 627 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville, NC 28805 or by faxing it to 828-299-7959.

When you are ready to bring the food you have gathered to MANNA, please call 299-3663 × 236 to schedule a time to have your donation weighed. Saving us a trip to deliver or pick up barrels is equivalent to making an additional donation. If you live outside of the Asheville area, please let us know, and we will see if we can match you up with a MANNA partner agency near you.

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