Report shines light on Asheville’s hunger, homelessness problems

Last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released an in-depth report examining the hunger and homelessness situations in 25 cities across the country, including Asheville. The report found that the city has serious issues with low wages, unaffordable housing, poverty, and the number of domestic violence survivors who end up homeless. Increases in homelessness are modest, but more families are homeless. The report also highlighted some local organizations doing “exemplary” work on the issues but predicted that coming social service cuts could make the situations on both fronts more dire.

For the children: A group of volunteers fills bag with food as part of MANNA FoodBank’s Packs for Kids program. Megan Dombroski

Food on the table

As Asheville’s rates of hunger increase, local agencies are trying to keep pace. Standing in MANNA FoodBank’s warehouse holding a small bag of groceries, Beth Stahl, the nonprofit’s youth program coordinator, reflects on the value of food to the many Buncombe County children facing crippling hunger. “It’s kind of scary that this little bag of […]

MANNA Foodbank’s Blue Jean Ball

On Saturday, June 4, MANNA FoodBank will host the 12th Annual Blue Jean Ball on the banks of the Swannanoa River. More than 20 restaurants, dozens of area businesses and four bands are making this signature Asheville event possible. Many articles and studies have been published regarding hunger in Western North Carolina, including a piece […]