“Help us get rolling!” exclaims the hunger-fighting nonprofit Bounty & Soul in its new Go Fund Me campaign. The organization has been running a pop-up food pantry and food security effort out of three locations in Black Mountain since 2012 but has been looking for a way to expand its reach since last spring.
“Our goal is to go mobile because right now we’re not even scratching the surface,” Allison Casparian, Bounty & Soul’s founder, told Xpress last April. “It would allow us to get to the communities and the people who really have a hard time getting to the food.”
The organization’s mobile setup is designed to reach Buncombe’s more rural areas — which include a sizable population of seniors and low-income residents — eliminating the need to travel to the markets in order to reach assistance. Bounty & Soul recently acquired a truck though grant-funding, but now comes the task of converting the vehicle into mobile market where food can be safely stored during delivery.
The crowdfunding campaign seeks $2,500 to help cover the cost of driving the truck from Miami, where it was purchased, to Black Mountain, as well as the renovations that will make it suitable for food delivery. Casparian adds that students from Warren Wilson College will be assisting with the renovations.