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Originally published: 2013-08-14 14:40:34
Last modified: 2013-08-14 14:46:42

Food Summit connects initiatives to alleviate hunger in WNC

Caroline Harris / (

MANNA Food Bank hosted a Food Summit on Aug. 6 at Avery County High School. Volunteers and professionals who work to alleviate hunger in Western North Carolina attended the daylong convention. Lecture topics included school and senior feeding programs, local food sourcing as well as governmental programs. Brady Koch of Feeding America was the keynote speaker.

The Empty Bowls Project displayed hundreds of hand-made bowls as part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate hunger.

According to the Empty Bowls Project, “The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.”

MANNA distributed 207,527 pounds of food to families in Avery County in the 2012-13 fiscal year. MANNA estimates that 16.7 percent of Avery County residents are “food insecure,” which means they have sporadic access to food, to the point of not knowing where the next meal is coming from.

MANNA Eastern Zone Outreach Coordinator Terri Farless called the summit a success.

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