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Cherokee, NC, May 2, 2012) - Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel continues its partnership with Manna Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America program. The $25,000 sponsorship is in support of Manna's vision of a hunger free Western North Carolina. This partnership began in 2001, with Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel donating more than $61,000 to date.
Manna offers many services including the Food and Nutrition Services Outreach and Manna Packs programs. In addition, they organize area food drives and host two annual signature events, the Blue Jean Ball held on June 2 at Manna Food Bank and Empty Bowls, held each September.
Both events are designed to bring businesses and community together to raise funds to support their mission of Involving, educating and uniting people in the work of ending hunger in WNC. Harrah's Cherokee & Casino is the premiere sponsor for both events and encourages community members and partners in WNC to attend and join the mission of ending hunger.
Manna Food Bank collects, stores, warehouses and distributes food. Over the years, a region-wide distribution system was developed, with the main program being food distribution to its 255 partner agencies.
In one year, more than one in six people in our local areas, including women, children, elderly, homeless and the working poor sought assistance from Manna Food Bank or a partner agency.
Manna Food Bank was established in 1982 and began with 42,000 pounds of food and 16 agencies in Buncombe County. Today food distribution is more than nine million pounds of food across the region.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel is proud to continue its partnership with Manna Food Bank. To learn more about Manna Food Bank and the programs they offer or find out event information visit http://www.MANNAFoodbank.org.