Describe what your organization does, especially the main issue or problems it addresses (your mission or goals):

MANNA FoodBank's mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in WNC. We work toward this mission through the large scale acquisition and distribution of food through more than 200 partner agencies across 16 WNC counties providing direct service to more than 100,000 people seeking food assistance. In 2011, MANNA FoodBank distributed 9.7 million pounds. MANNA also does a lot of advocacy and public policy work, runs the youth services program MANNA Packs for Kids, delivering packs of food for children to take home on weekends. MANNA also conducts a great deal of fundraising and community outreach.

What types of service-learning opportunities do you have for students:

Students may participate in many different service learning opportunities.

How do you envision students learning and growing from their involvement? Can you envision any ties to their academic work (for example, will they work on a problem related to issues they might study in their classes):

MANNA FoodBank can provide a real world education in the following areas:
  • Poverty
  • Communications and PR
  • Data Collection and statistical analysis
  • Logistics and operations
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Will you train students? Supervise them? If so, please explain how:

All students interning or working at MANNA will be supervised by an appropriate staffer at all times.

Scheduling could be an important issue. Please note the available times students could work with your organization:

Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. as well as Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m..

However, there may be instances where independent studies can take place in the field at the discretion of the student, instructor, and MANNA supervisor.

To get involved, please contact:

Autumn McCarver
Volunteer Coordinator
828-299-3663 xt 245

MANNA FoodBank
627 Swannanoa River Road