Children First/Communities in Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County receives $6,000 grant

Press release from Children First/Communities in Schools:

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has provided Children First/Communities in Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County with a $6,000 Emergency and Disaster Response Fund grant to support a weekly food box drive at the Children First/CIS Family Resource Center located on the campus of Emma Elementary.

During regular Children First/CIS Family Resource Center operations, 100% of the families served are considered low-income and have children in their home. These food boxes will continue serving families who receive monthly food boxes during regular operations and will expand to include families specifically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food box drive-through is open for families living in the districts for any of the five schools Children First/CIS serves: Emma Elementary, Eblen Intermediate, Johnston Elementary, Estes Elementary, and Claxton Elementary.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitated $20 million in charitable giving last year. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.

Children First/Communities in Schools’ mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

For more information about The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, visit their website at For more information about Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County, visit their website at

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