Community Resources during COVID-19

RESOURCES: Food,Financial,Childcare, Mental Health, Medical

*******************************************************************************************Meals and Food

Buncombe County Schools Will Provide Curbside Pick of Free School Meals from 8/17-8/20 at ALL schools from 11:00-12 noon.

Friday 8/21- 8/28 curbside meal pickup  will be at ALL District High Schools and the following Elementary Schools from 11:00am-12 noon:  Woodfin, Emma, Johnston, Leicester, Pisgah, Candler, Oakley, and Barnardsville


Starting Sept. 1, students will be asked to provide their student identification number at our curbside point of sale pickup, just as they do during the school year in our cafeterias.

Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch benefits online HERE

Please click HERE for more detailed information regarding BCS Return to Learn meal distribution.

For additional information or other sites click here OR text FOODNC to 877-877 for a site near you. In Spanish, text COMIDA to 877-877.

Here is an interactive map of food assistance programs across NCNO KID HUNGRY NC

Other Meal Sites 

Western Carolina Rescue Mission: 225 Patton Ave, Asheville.  Public meals daily 11:30-12:30 and 4:30-5:30.

Montmorenci UMC - 89 Old Candler Town Rd, Candler NC.  (828)-667-1211.  Monday evenings 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - boxed hot meals

Arden First Baptist Church- Dinner Wednesday and Thursday nights. Parents call church before 4 p.m.. with a number of people and allergies: 828-684-6780. Pull up, give name, get dinner.

Family Friendly Asheville for more information about other free meals offered in the community.

YMCA provides nutrition outreach.

Food Pantries

Biltmore Church of God Food Pantry-1390 Sweeten Creek Rd. Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm

Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church: 375 Hendersonville Road, Phone number - (828) 274-2014

Tuesday 9:00am - 11:30 am  Breakfast at 7:00 am

Trinity of Fairview Food Pantry:  OPEN Tuesdays from 9-11:45 a.m. until further notice.

646 Concord Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 (828) 628-1188

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry: OPEN Saturdays from 8-11:00 a.m. until further notice.

2840 Hendersonville Road,Fletcher, NC 28732 (828) 684.6266

Salvation Army Food Pantry-204 Haywood St. Asheville. Wednesdays 1:30-3:30

Oakley Baptist: Wednesdays at 12:15

Beverly Hills Baptist Food Pantry: 2nd and 4th Thursday at Beverly Hill Baptist

Avery's Creek UMC Food Pantry-874 Glenn Bridge Rd. SE., Arden. Saturdays 9-11:45am.

Bounty & Soul- hosting drive through pick up sites of pre made food boxes. No cost and no eligibility. Tuesdays from 11am-1pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in Black Mountain and Fridays from 4pm-6pm at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry-109 Crescent Hill Dr., Arden. Thursdays 11:00am-2:00pm

Montmorenci UMC - 89 Old Candler Town Road, Candler (828) 667-1211.  Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Biltmore Church of Christ Food Pantry 823 Fairview St. Asheville. (828) 274-2829

Wednesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Food For Fairview: 1357 Charlotte Highway, Fairview.  (828) 628-4322

More info on Food Pantries and Manna family pack boxes here:  Manna Food Bank COVID-19

Dial 211 from your phone to get Information on Food Pantries and other services 

ABCCM Crisis Centers (Financial and Food)

Cumberland Crisis Center-24 Cumberland Ave, Asheville M-F 8:30-4:30

South Crisis Center-10 Buck Shoals Rd, Arden  (TEFAP government food program Mondays - Friday)

Hominy Valley Crisis Center-1914 Smoky Park Hwy, Candler, M-F 8:30-4:30 (TEFAP food program Tuesday-Thursday)

North Samaritan Crisis Center-403 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, M-F 10am-2pm (TEFAP food program Monday - Friday)

Eblen Charities - Medical & dental, utility & heating, food, housing, clothing

50 Westgate Parkway, 828-255-3066;


Click on links below or call for additional resource information:

United Way of Asheville, COVID-19 or Dial 211 from your phone

Buncombe County Schools Return to Learn

Information regarding Unemployment

Economic Resources/Public AssistanceBuncombe County DHHS 250-5500 for work first, food assistance, Medicaid, energy assistance, etc.

Pandemic of Love for specific needs requests

Pisgah Legal Services 828-253-0406 or toll free 800-489-6144 for legal assistance around evictions, unemployment, etc.  


Child Care


YMCA 828-251-5910 or email

Buncombe Partnership for Children:  to help locate child care 1-877-752-5955 or email

Child care subsidy information through Buncombe County DHHS 250-5500 

Buncombe County Schools Return to Learn resource page for additional information on childcare providers providing daycare services to K-5 age children


Mental Health Services


Mental Health Crisis Information

If a student is in significant crisis or is a risk to self or others and you cannot reach your mental health provider immediately or they are not a current client of any mental health agency please utilize Mobile Crisis 1-888-573-1006.  


For parents or others who may be having a mental health crisis, Vaya Health also has a 24/7 Access to Care and crisis hotline - 1-800-849-6127 where trained professionals can support in mental health, IDD and substance use needs.  


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Online Suicide Prevention Chatline 

To report concerns about someone who is suicidal on social media: Support on Social Media



For information about COVID-19, please visit and text “BCALERT” to 888-777 for updates.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS COVID -19, do NOT go to ANY health care provider before calling ahead.  The COVID-19 HOTLINE# is 866-462-3821 work on a sliding scale as well 

COVID-19 Resources for Community Members & Employers  


Community Health Centers: If you do not already have a primary care provider for your child, there are a few Community Health Centers in the area.  These providers accept Medicaid and provide services on a sliding fee scale to people without insurance:

Appalachian Mountain Health Centers: (828)202-5200 (serves Asheville, but not Arden)

Western North Carolina Community Health Center: (828)285-0622

Blue Ridge Community Health Center, Arden: (828) 692-4289

Leicester Community Health, Asheville:  (828) 253-3717

You must be an established patient with each of these centers in order to use their services.  For emergencies, go to your local urgent care facility or to Mission Hospital Emergency Room.

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