The Junior League of Asheville (JLA) has announced their November Love Drive will be in support of MANNA Food Bank.
In 1983, the Junior League of Asheville began working with a small and newly formed food bank, called MANNA, operating out of the basement of Eliada House. In the 1980s JLA contributed a sizable donation of funds, roughly estimated at $12,000, as well as numerous volunteer hours. Thirty-two years later, MANNA has grown to be a tremendous resource within the Asheville community, and the Junior League of Asheville still maintains a strong partnership with the organization. In 2014, MANNA Food Bank distributed 15,000,000 pounds of food through 248 agencies in 16 counties. It is currently estimated that 1 out of 4 children in the WNC community struggle with hunger, and, through this Love Drive, the Junior League of Asheville and MANNA are working together in an effort to decrease this statistic.
During the month of November, the Junior League of Asheville will be collecting food donations for MANNA Food Bank. In addition to JLA members collecting donations, a drop box will be set up in Van Dyke Jewelry & Fine Craft at 29 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC 28801. Rebecca Cecil, JLA member and coordinator of the Love Drive said, “The Junior League of Asheville and MANNA Food Bank have been working together for decades, and we are proud to continue partnering with a local organization that gives so much back to our community.”
MANNA Food Bank has specifically requested the following items: canned meats (beef, chicken, or tuna), peanut butter (plastic jars only), dried/canned beans, hearty soups (pop-top cans preferred), meals in a box (beef, stew, chili, mac & cheese, hash), canned fruits, canned vegetables, cereals and grains (rice, pasta, cereal in a box or bag), fruit/vegetable juices (100% juice preferred), dry milk (instant non-fat). For more information regarding this Love Drive or to learn more about the Junior League of Asheville, please contact The Junior League of Asheville Headquarters at (828) 254-5608.