Food where it’s most needed: Mapping resource centers

Bounty & Soul in Black Mountain. Photo by Carrie Eidson.

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

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Buncombe County

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.

Website: Facebook

Phone: 828-419-0533

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.


Phone: 828-231-4169

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


Phone: 828-298-7647

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.


Phone: 252-4810

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.


Phone: 828-628-4322

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.

WebsIte: https//


Volunteering opportunities: Inquire for details

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

Phone: 828-255-9282

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.


Phone: 828-299-3663

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


Phone: 828-254-1086

Volunteering opportunities: Food preparation, serving and cleanup.

Haywood County

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

Jackson County

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.


Phone: 586-6782

Volunteering opportunities: Food preparation, serving, clean-up, building maintenance, gardening for supporting community garden



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About Carrie Eidson
Multimedia journalist and Green Scene editor at Mountain Xpress. Part-time Twitterer @mxenv but also reachable at Follow me @carrieeidson

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