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Originally published: 2013-07-23 14:32:48
Last modified: 2013-07-23 14:33:32

MANNA Food Summit to address hunger in Western North Carolina

Caroline Harris / (caroline.harris@averyjournal.com)

MANNA FoodBank is serious about getting food into the hands of those who need it most. From farmers’ markets to food trucks, it is looking for innovative ways to feed the hungry.
The Food Summit: From Hunger to Plenty in Our Communities, hosted by MANNA, will take place at Avery County High School on Aug. 6. Terri Farless, MANNA’s Eastern Zone outreach coordinator, hopes that the summit will help to educate the community about what hunger really looks like in the counties of Western North Carolina.
“I think people have been surprised about how much emergency food is coming into the counties. Hunger is a quiet epidemic. People don’t talk about it,” Farless said.
MANNA FoodBank and its partner pantries distributed 207,527 pounds of food to Avery County in the last fiscal year.
“There has never been a time more needed for us to be creative, compassionate and collaborative,” Farless said. “I think Western North Carolina particularly has not seen the recovery from the recession like other parts of the state and the country have. We’re still dealing with a fairly high number of people who are needing food assistance until the economy improves.”
Collaboration is the aim of the Food Summit.

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