In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. In Western North Carolina, this number increases to one out of four children. According to the 2014 Map the Meal Gap data, approximately 108,000 people in Western North Carolina don’t have consistent access to three square meals a day. Those people are among us every day, whether we are aware of it or not. People facing hunger are often our co-workers, neighbors, and classmates.
Our goal is to feed everyone who comes to us in need.
We open our food pantry to those who could use extra help with their food budget. Our pantry is set up so that everyone can shop for their own groceries. Every family receives a large box to fill with items. Volunteers assist with picking items and carrying boxes. We seek to provide food that is nutritious and easy to prepare.
Items in the pantry generally include:
Pasta Rice Oatmeal and granola Cereal Bread Soup All Purpose Baking Mix/Flour Canned and frozen meat Canned vegetables
We have two pantry locations:
Calvary Baptist Church: Open the second Sunday of the month, from 3:00- 4:30pm at Calvary Baptist Church located at 531 Haywood Rd in West Asheville. Drive around to the Baker Avenue side and look for the signs to the side entrance.
Asheville First Church of the Nazarene: Open the first and third Saturday of the month, from 9-10am. Located at 385 Hazel Mill Rd.
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Asheville has seen a lot of growth and positive changes in the past 10 years, and a large majority of the attraction to the Asheville area has been due to our thriving art scene. Unfortunately, the growth seen recently has driven up desire for real estate, and once affordable studio and gallery space for artists is being sold to developers for non-art related purposes. This is creating less and less affordable space for artists to sell their work, forcing out a section of culture that helped make Asheville what it is today.
Our desire is to help artists in a real and tangible way by hosting 'Pop Up' Art Galleries. We hosted an event in March where we supplied the venue space, advertising, food and drink, and live music. Participating artists just had to show up and sell their work at no cost to them. Not only where they able to sell their work, but the event afforded them the opportunity to network with other artists, learn from each other, and get exposure to folks that would have otherwise not seen their work.
One way that we strive to meet our mission is by supporting local artists by providing free space to sell their work and get exposure in the community. We have hosted the West Asheville Art Walk twice: November 2015 and June 2016 and have served over 70 artists! We will host at least one Art Walk each year, but are considering more often as we see the need and have the opportunity.
The Art Walk is a free, self-guided event showcasing local artist's work inside businesses along Haywood Rd and side streets. We encourage you to visit every location at your own pace. All venues are located within walking distance of one another. This is a great opportunity to meet local artists and purchase their work. The Art Walk is comprised of a variety of artwork including painting, woodworking, handmade jewelry, drawings, clothing, and more. Everyone will be able to find something they love at this event.
This event is only possible by the support of local businesses who partner with us to provide space! Any artist living in Asheville and the surround area is welcome to apply. Applications will be available online when the next Art Walk date is set.
See information from past Art Walks on our blog.
Love West Asheville is a free community event open to everyone!
You can expect free services like haircuts, massages, and family photography as well as fun activities for kids and lunch.
We are assessing the needs of the community to plan the 2nd annual Love West Asheville event.