Hunger in Buncombe County

Some 37,000 Buncombe County residents (or 15.5 percent of the population) were food insecure in 2012, according to a study by Feeding America, meaning that these individuals faced a “lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”

Food Connection, founded by community builder Flori Pate, was created to reduce these “very upsetting” figures.

“We are starting small,” says Pate, whose primary food recipient is currently the Be Loved House. Representatives from Asheville Independent Restaurants, several grocery stores and even a retirement home have already inquired about the feasibility of partnership though.

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