FOOD and Other Supports

FOOD SUPPORT DURING VIRTUAL DAYS

Buncombe County Schools is currently serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays to anyone 2-18 years of age. (Weekend meals will be distributed on Fridays during lunch times at all sites.) This is available in the car rider line. Below is a listing of all BCS Meal sites - sites in AC Reynolds District are listed first.

In addition to the meal sites listed below, BCS buses will be delivering bag lunches to the following communities in the AC Reynolds district daily between 11:30-1:30: Ledgewood Village, Eastview, Spruce Hill, Curci Circle (Reynolds MH Park), Shiloh Center
• Haw Creek Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Oakley Elementary • Black Mountain Primary • Charles D. Owen High • Emma Elementary • Barnardsville Elementary • Hominy Valley Elementary • Johnston Elementary • North Windy Ridge Intermediate • W.W. Estes Elementary • Weaverville Elementary • West Buncombe Elementary • Woodfin Elementary
In addition to our school meal sites, Buncombe County schools are delivering meals to high population areas of our community for children 2-18 years of age. Call 828-255-5932 to let us know about the needs in your area. (Please note, you must be in an area eligible for this service.) *No identification is necessary to receive a meal.

NCDHHS to Provide Additional Food Benefits

Governor Roy Cooper has announced that North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, to help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19. NCDHHS is working to operationalize the program and families will begin to receive this benefit in coming weeks. 

The program provides a benefit on an EBT card to North Carolina families whose children are eligible for free and reduced lunch at school. Families will receive $250 in P-EBT benefits per child, provided in two installments, with the possibility of an additional benefit if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15. Families will be able to use the P-EBT benefit to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.  

Families will not need to apply for the P-EBT program. P-EBT eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. P-EBT eligible families not already enrolled in FNS will be mailed a new EBT card in the next few weeks. Families who receive a new EBT card will receive a letter from DHHS in the mail explaining how to activate and use their card. 
*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! Here is the link for the online application:
https://www.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=253029

Across North Carolina, you can find sites for student meals at no cost near you through an interactive map, or simply text ‘FOODNC’ to 877-877. In Spanish, text 'COMIDA' to 877-877.

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

Beverly Hills Baptist Food Pantry: 2nd and 4th Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm at Beverly Hills Baptist Church 777 Tunnel Road

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

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

Bounty & Soul: will be hosting drive-thru pick up sites for participants to collect pre-made healthy food boxes. Sites are open on Tuesdays at the St. James Episcopal Church (424 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711) parking lot from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fridays at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church (117 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711) parking lot from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Guests are asked not to arrive earlier than the scheduled times. St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry: 109 Crescent Hill Dr., Arden. Thursdays 11:00am-2:00pm

Montmorenci UMC: Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday evenings 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - boxed hot meals

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 (828) 628-4322 Mondays, drive through food box pickup. Operating on a week to week basis, please call/text first before arriving

MANNA’s Food Helpline: 1-800-820-110 

The YMCA continues to host regular no-cost mobile produce markets, using pre-packed bags to prevent any additional exposure/contact. Go to https://ymcawnc.org/nutritionprograms/schedules  for a listing of locations and dates. Additionally, weekend meals will be served on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Ferguson YMCA (31 Westridge Market Place, Candler, NC 28715).


Local restaurants providing free or reduced meals:

White Duck Taco Shop- One free regular priced taco for school aged children per day. (Monday through Friday lunch or dinner). 1 Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-258-1660.

Baked Pie Company- Free bagged lunch, Tuesday through Saturday (PBJ sandwich, apple, white milk, and cookie) 10 AM to 8 PM at both locations- 4 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC 828-333-4366 and Woodfin, 828-210-9544

Biscuit Head - One free biscuit per school aged child each day schools are closed beginning 3.16.2020

Fuddruckers Asheville - Get one free kid's meal with purchase of adult meal Mon-Fri all day - Take out included

El Charro Free kids meal once a day from 3/16-3/27. Voucher sheets are available at the register - temporary curbside service also available - 1788 Hendersonville Rd 28803

Strada Italiano - free slice of pizza during lunch service for school aged children 27 Broadway Street Asheville

Ay Caramba - East Asheville Fariview Road - one free kids meal for children under the age of 10 until 3.30.2020

 

 

Additional Information/supports:

Buncombe County Schools has a Call Center to help support 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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUAGydH-R-S9ZnZpiHRhLjuqFJru3BPW_Ii_kPebTVDrLWWg/viewform
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:
https://cccasheville.wufoo.com/forms/m1ab8bs819bdfwu/ 

 

Dial 211 from your phone to speak with an operator who will help provide information on meal sites and other services in your community. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English, Spanish, and many other languages.