- MANNA FoodBank’s Food Finder, a list of agencies offering food assistance: https://www.mannafoodbank.org/where-to-get-help/food-finder/
- MANNA Food HelpLine at 1-800-820-1109. The HelpLine is available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- United Way of North Carolina’s NC 2-1-1 Food Assistance site, offering a similar list of agencies: https://www.nc211.org/food-assistance-01
- FOODNC: Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877. More information: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-announces-texting-tool-access-food-children.
- YMCA is offering help for people who are quarantined and need food resources. Call 828-775-7081 for assistance.
- UNC Asheville’s Food Equity Initiative: The mission of this UNC Asheville program is to ensure that every member of the UNC Asheville community has access to adequate, culturally appropriate and nutritious food for themselves and their families. https://foodequity.unca.edu/. Questions about these resources can be addressed to Jordan Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Buncombe County Food Assistance: https://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/PublicAssistance/foodassist.aspx (SNAP benefits)
School Lunch Resources (as of March 23):
- Buncombe County Schools has begun breakfast and lunch programs. Children ages 2-18 can eat for free. Breakfast is 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 828-255-5932 for delivery questions.
- Asheville City Schools began delivery March 17 to the following locations from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Grab-and-go pickup meals will be available at no cost to children ages 2-18 at 12 school sites, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can pick up meals just outside school entrances at the following sites:
- Beginning March 18, the Meals On the Bus mobile feeding site will operate its traditional summer route, stopping at six neighborhoods on the following schedule:
- Families who lack transportation should contact their child’s school so HCPS staff can deliver meals to their children.
The following private restaurants in Western North Carolina have offered free school lunches; as conditions change daily, please call to confirm offers are still available.
- Old Europe downtown will offer a free breakfast pastry and juice to any school-aged child from 7 a.m.-noon. 13 Broadway St., 828-255-5999.
- White Duck Taco Shop: One free regular priced taco for school-age children per day, River Arts District location, Monday-Friday for lunch or dinner. (828) 254-1398
- Baked Pie Company: Brown bag lunches will be available for school-age children, Tuesday-Saturday. Available at the Arden location, 4 Long Shoals Road from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call ahead for curbside pickup: 828-333-4366.
- Biscuit Head will offer one free biscuit to any school-age child each day schools are closed. Call 828-505-3449. Pick up at 417 Biltmore Ave., suite 4F.
- ConoSur: This Mills River restaurant will serve one free burger and fries to kids while schools are closed. Children have to be present. This restaurant has shifted to takeout only, noon-6 p.m.. 4195 Haywood Road, Mills River. www.conosurasheville.com. 828-513-1731.
- Strada Italiano: Now through the end of March, this restaurant will offer a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza to grade-school students during weekday lunch. The offer is available for curbside service only. The restaurant opens at noon. Call 828-348-8448 to order. 27 Broadway St.
- Sand Hill Kitchen: Call 828-633-6868 to request a free bagged lunch. Lunches include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, an apple, house-fried chips and pickles. Pick up in the drive thru at 491 Sardis Road. Visit https://kitchenforkidz.com.
- Pescado’s Burritos: This Brevard restaurant offers free tacos for kids in need while schools are closed. 265 N Broad St., Brevard 828-884-5559.