The September Market was a huge success: another MANNA FoodBank Community Market will be held at the Old Rock School Gymnasium in Newland on Friday October 14th.

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By Tim Gardner

MANNA FoodBank will be holding another Community Market on Friday, October 14 at the Old Rock School Gymnasium in Newland. The gymnasium is located at 185 Shady Street and is adjacent to Newland Elementary School.

Anyone or family having financial difficulty paying for groceries is invited to come by for free groceries, fresh produce and perishables from the MANNA FoodBank. The community market will open at 11:30 a.m. and will remain open until supplies run out.

The Community Market will offer a contactless pick-up service.

“Our last community market was held on September 8 and was a blessed and successful good day as 106 families came home with boxes of food,” said coordinator Tammy Woodie. “Thank you to everyone who came out for food and everyone who contributed to the community market in any capacity. I encourage others to help publicize our next Community Market on October 14th. Please tell others and post on your social media and/or webpage to help spread the word.

For more details, contact Woodie by phone at (828) 733-6006 or by email at: [email protected] More information about the Community Market can also be obtained by calling Avery County Parks and Recreation Director Robbie Willis (828) 733-8266, whose office is located in the Old Rock School gymnasium. , or Dick Larson of Feeding Avery Families (828) 260-5389.

The community market needs volunteers who will help with the packaging of food products and their distribution to the beneficiaries. Those interested in volunteering for this most needy cause should contact Tammy Woodie for more information.

MANNA Food Bank, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, is a private, nonprofit service organization working to end food insecurity in the 16 counties of western North Carolina, including County of Avery and the Qualla border (Cherokee territory for the Eastern Band of Federally Recognized Cherokee Indians). MANNA connects the food industry with over 200 partner agencies and other social service organizations to get food to thousands of families with compassion and dignity.
MANNA is an acronym and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. He is a member of Feeding America, the largest national hunger relief organization. To learn more about MANNA FoodBank, log online at its website: or call the MANNA Food Helpline at 1-800-820-1109.


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