Growing food is about more than producing the perfect piece of produce or spending quality time in the dirt — it’s about feeding people, and, for many growers in the WNC area, it’s about getting the food to where it’s most needed. In order to help strengthen the networks between growers and food assistance and resource centers, Xpress is working to map food pantries, share markets, community gardens that offer free produce, welcome tables and any other community resources that increase access to healthy foods.
To add a resource to our database, send the address, hours of operation, contact information, restrictions (if applicable), volunteer needs (if applicable) and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Bounty & Soul
Address: At St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St., Black Mountain
Hours: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Description: Provides produce and perishables, nutrition education and health & wellness counseling for residents of Black Mountain and surrounding areas.
Volunteering opportunities: Assisting clients, transporting and unpacking food, videography and fundraising
Name: Downtown Welcome Table
Address: 297 Haywood St.
Hours: Wednesdays, 10:30am, 11:15am and noon.
Description: Open to all. Lunch is served three times each Wednesday.
Volunteering opportunities: Serving and assisting guests, preparing meals and clean-up. Businesses and restaurants are invited to become sponsors.
Name: East Asheville Welcome Table
Address: 954 Tunnel Road
Hours: Thursdays, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Description: For community neighbors and families
Volunteering opportunities: Inquire for details.
Name: Family Resource Center at Emma
Address: 37 Brickyard Road
Hours: Contact for information
Description: Provides emergency food and financial assistance, a children’s clothing closet, literacy skills and parenting classes to families in the Emma community.
Volunteering opportunities: Organizing and sorting for cloths closet, gardening for community garden, food stocking, packing food boxes, building maintenance, data entry and reception
Name: Food For Fairview
Address: 1357 E. Charlotte Hwy.
Hours: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon
Description: Provides food and hygiene products to residents of Fairview and the surrounding area.
Volunteering opportunities: Greet and assist clients, stocking, transporting food and organizing fundraisers
Name: Food Not Bombs
Address: Pritchard Park on College St.
Hours: Saturdays during the school year, noon.-2 p.m.
Description: Sponsored by Warren Wilson College and UNCA. Open to all.
Volunteering opportunities: Inquire for details
Name: Loving Food Resources
Address: 123 Kenilworth Road
Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Description: Pantry and food delivery for anyone in home hospice.
Website: loving food.org
Volunteering opportunities: Assist clients, transport food from MANNA, drive client to and from pantry, organize a food drive, garden in supporting community garden
Name: MANNA FoodBank
Address: 627 Swannanoa River Road
Description: MANNA Food Bank does not provide direct aid, but rather works in cooperation with a network of community partners. Limited direct aid provided through MANNA Packs for Kids Program and Food Stamp Outreach.
Volunteering opportunities: Food processing and distribution; specialized tasks including food stamp outreach, driving office work and media editing.
Volunteer contact: 828-299-3663 ×245
Name: North Asheville Welcome Table
Address: 871 Merrimon Ave.
Hours: Mondays (September-May), 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Description: Open to all
Volunteering opportunities: Food preparation, serving and cleanup.
Name: The Open Door
Address: 32 Commerce Street, Waynesville
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8-9 a.m.; 11:30-1 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30-1 p.m.
Description: Christian-faith services open to all. Breakfast, clothing for job seekers, Bible study and ministry.
Phone: 452-3846 or 456-9069
Volunteering opportunities: Cooks, servers, retail workers for thrift store, medical personal (including dentists), teachers, carpenters, people with construction experience
Name: The Community Table
Address: 23 Central St., Sylva
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thu. & Fri.: 4-6 p.m.
Description: Open to all. Dine-in, carry-out and food for home preparation.
Volunteering opportunities: Food preparation, serving, clean-up, building maintenance, gardening for supporting community garden