As a 501(c)3 organization, the Fines Creek Community Association (FCCA) operates a Manna Pantry distribution site out of the old school building. Though this area is a rural farming community, many of the residents are underemployed or elderly. As a result of the need to assist families with marginal incomes, the FCCA established a Manna-supported pantry in 2006.
The monthly food distribution has grown since its date of origination. Food storage, once housed in the school cafeteria pantry, moved to a large classroom. The increased space provided more shelving for canned goods and an area for organizing food boxes. A large commercial freezer now stores perishable food products.
Residents who come for the food distribution may register for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The Manna Pantry coordinator and volunteers have received basic training in these assistance programs in order to help community members access support services.
The monthly food distribution schedule will be posted at the Haywood County Public Library Fines Creek Branch. The event is held in the old school cafeteria in the back of the community center. Participants receive food boxes, fresh produce, and a selection of other household goods. If food is needed at other times during the month, individuals can contact the Manna Pantry coordinator.