Food and Other Supports

Meals and Food

BCS Child Nutrition Meal Service Options - JANUARY 4th - FEBRUARY 12th:

We will be open to serve meals daily (Monday-Friday) for remote learners! 

Contact your School Nutrition Manager (school list by EMAIL and PHONE) to pre-order your daily breakfast and lunch meals for curbside pick up. 

Pick up Monday-Friday from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m daily at your pre-ordered site location.

On Wednesday's, 7 day multi-meal kit pick-up will be from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at your pre-ordered site location.

Starting Tuesday, January 19th - February 12, 2021:

Rolling to Feed Meal Delivery Option SITES

Children are only eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day.

Families that took part in the no-cost summer meals program will be glad to learn the program has been extended through June 30, 2021. Families are still asked to fill out a Fall 2020 Free/Reduced Meal Application as soon as possible. You can also get a paper copy from your school or the School Nutrition Department.

For more information regarding Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications please contact School Nutrition office at 828-255-5927 or by e-mail at Please see below for more important information about the federal free and reduced lunch program.

The carryover period for free and reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, September 28th. The carryover period is the amount of time students are allowed by USDA to remain on the prior year's meal status. In order to qualify for free or reduced meals, parents must complete a new free and reduced meal application every school year.

Students attending one of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, Emma, Johnston, Woodfin and Candler are not required to complete free and reduced meal applications and will automatically receive free meals based on the school’s participation in that USDA program.

School meals will be available for all students in all school-opening scenarios, including the 100% Remote Learners and for those that register for the Virtual Academy.

Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch benefits online HERE

*Parents if you have not already done so, please complete the confidential online application for free/reduced lunches as soon as possible. Even if you think you do not qualify, if your financial situation has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis you may qualify!

Please click Here for  more detailed information regarding BCS Return to Learn meal distribution.

Buncombe County Schools Resource Center offers supports to families as well. If you do not have transportation, need help with specific needs, or just need some assistance call 828-225-4768 or complete the COVID-19 Student Family Need Request Form online at

Hearts with Hands will be distributing Farmers to Family Food Boxes(boxes will include milk, eggs, cheese, vegetables, meat and grains) at Trinity Baptist Church- 216 Shelburne Rd. Asheville, 28806 on the following dates:  

  •   1/28/21- 10:00-1:00

  •   2/4/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   2/11/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   2/18/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   2/25/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   3/4/21- 10:00-1:00

  •   3/11/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   3/18/21- 10:00-1:00

  •   3/25/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   4/1/21- 10:00-1:00

  •   4/8/21- 10:00-1:00 

  •   4/15/21- 10:00-1:00

For additional information for other food sites text FOODNC to 877-877 for a site near you. In Spanish, text COMIDA to 877-877.

Here is an interactive map of food assistance programs across NC:  NO KID HUNGRY NC

Other Meal Sites  Western Carolina Rescue Mission: 225 Patton Ave, Asheville.  Public meals daily 11:30-12:30 and 4:30-5:30.

Montmorenci UMC - 89 Old Candler Town Rd, Candler NC.  (828)-667-1211.  Monday evenings 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - boxed hot meals

Arden First Baptist Church- Dinner Wednesday and Thursday nights. Parents call church before 4 p.m.. with a number of people and allergies: 828-684-6780. Pull up, give name, get dinner.

Asheville Masonic Temple: 80 Broadway St. Walk up/Drive through on Saturdays in January-February from 10:30-1:00.  Sponsored by Asheville Strong’s Feed our City.  Food in January is provided by Gypsy Queen Cuisine.  

Downtown Welcome Table:  297 Haywood St.  Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 and Sundays 8:30-10:00.  

Family Friendly Asheville for more information about other free meals offered in the community.

YMCA provides nutrition outreach.

Food Pantries Biltmore Church of God Food Pantry-1390 Sweeten Creek Rd. Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm

Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church: 375 Hendersonville Road, Phone number - (828) 274-2014

Tuesday 9:00am - 11:30 am  Breakfast at 7:00 am

Trinity of Fairview Food Pantry:  OPEN Tuesdays from 9-11:45 a.m. until further notice.

646 Concord Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 (828) 628-1188

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry: OPEN Saturdays from 8-11:00 a.m. until further notice.

2840 Hendersonville Road,Fletcher, NC 28732 (828) 684.6266

Salvation Army Food Pantry-204 Haywood St. Asheville. Wednesdays 1:30-3:30

Oakley Baptist: 70 Fairview Ave, Asheville.  Wednesdays at 10:30

Beverly Hills Baptist Food Pantry: 777 Tunnel Rd, Asheville.  2nd and 4th Thursday 4-6 pm at Beverly Hill Baptist (Have TEFAP).

Avery's Creek UMC Food Pantry-874 Glenn Bridge Rd. SE., Arden. Saturdays 9-11:45am.

Bounty & Soul- hosting drive through pick up sites of pre made food boxes. No cost and no eligibility.  205 NC-9 (old Bi-Lo parking lot) Black Mountain.  Tuesday 11-1 and Friday 4-6.

For full schedule click HERE

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry-109 Crescent Hill Dr., Arden. Thursdays 11:00am-2:00pm

Montmorenci UMC - 89 Old Candler Town Road, Candler (828) 667-1211.  Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Biltmore Church of Christ Food Pantry 823 Fairview St. Asheville. (828) 274-2829

Wednesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Food For Fairview: 1357 Charlotte Highway, Fairview.  Mondays 3-6pm (828) 628-4322 (Have TEFAP).

Children First:  Food drive through at Emma Elementary school bus drop off on N. Louisiana Ave.  Tuesday and Thursdays 10-12 and Wednesday 4pm-6pm

More info on Food Pantries and Manna family pack boxes here:  Manna Food Bank COVID-19
ABCCM Crisis Centers (Financial and Food/TEFAP)

Cumberland Crisis Center-24 Cumberland Ave, Asheville M-F 8:30-4:30

South Crisis Center-10 Buck Shoals Rd, Arden  (TEFAP government food program Mondays - Friday)

Hominy Valley Crisis Center-1914 Smoky Park Hwy, Candler, M-F 8:30-4:30 (TEFAP food program Tuesday-Thursday)
North Samaritan Crisis Center-403 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, M-F 10am-2pm (TEFAP food program Monday - Friday)

Eblen Charities - Medical & dental, utility & heating, food, housing, clothing 50 Westgate Parkway, 828-255-3066;

Additional Information/supports:

Covenant Community Church is providing support to AC Reynolds district families in need. Families can complete the online request form that will link them directly with staff from Covenant Community Church. Go to this link to complete the form: 

Dial 211 from your phone to get Information on Food Pantries and other services. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English, Spanish, and many other languages.