In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. In Western North Carolina, this number increases to one out of four children. Approximately 108,000 people in WNC don't have consistent access to three square meals a day. Those people are among us every day, whether we are aware of it or not.
The MANNA project could be sorting and preparing donations or putting together MANNA Packs.
The MANNA Packs for Kids Program gives students from low-income families food to take home over the weekend. School counselors identify the students in need and discreetly place the bags of food into their backpacks. This program benefits WNC school children who are dependent on free or reduced cost lunch and might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. Volunteers participate by packing food items into backpack-sized parcels that are distributed to local schools.