Canned corn, green beans and big jars of pickles are stacked to the ceiling at MANNA FoodBank’s distribution center on Swannanoa River Road, yet even this well-stocked warehouse isn’t enough to feed the hungry in Western North Carolina.
And despite recent signs that the economy is improving, local food demand hasn’t slowed.
“We’re not seeing a diminished need at all,” notes Communications and Marketing Coordinator Joshua Stack. “Our agencies are reporting they consistently need more food, and we’re struggling to get them enough.”
I am a senior at UNC Asheville, currently studying video production. I have worked on a number of short films, and I am currently reporting and editing for Mountain Highlights. I was also a production assistant on a full length film titled “The Cradle of Genius” and worked with the New York School of Urban Missions. I will be filming and editing for the WNC Hunger Project.