Meals & More

Online financial support of our COVID-19 emergency programs is now accepted.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020.

This announcement in also available in Spanish.

According to a press release from the USDA, Buncombe County Schools (BCS) and school systems nationwide will be able to extend the free summer meals program through December 31, 2020. This crucial waiver will help ensure that all children in our community continue to have access to nutritious food as we navigate back-to-school plans during a pandemic.

The extension of the BCS summer meals model also allows flexibility in where and how meals are served, and it allows parents, guardians, and caregivers to pick up meals for children. Meals served through December 31 are open to all students including charter, private, and home school students at no cost to them.

While the Summer Meals program has been extended, BCS families are urged to fill out a free/reduced meal program application for this school year (2020-21). This will ensure quick access to any additional state or federal programs. Also, after December 31, we expect to revert back to a traditional meals model which will mean students will need to pay for lunch just like a normal school day.

A schedule of meal times and locations has been posted to nutrition.buncombeschools.org. You can also find menus, our wellness policy, and fill out a free/reduced meals program application.

We're here to help. As our community and world navigates the coronavirus situation, we're committed to doing our part to help provide needed meals to students.

Across North Carolina, you can find sites for student meals at no cost near you through a statewide interactive map, or simply text ‘FOODNC’ to 877-877. In Spanish, text 'COMIDA' to 877-877. The City of Asheville also maintains this local meal site list and interactive map of area sites.

Parents can also call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator who will help them locate meal sites in their community. The 2-1-1 service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English, Spanish and many other languages.

Have a no-cost meal resource to share?
Email communications@bcsemail.org to suggest a resource.

BCS Family Resource Center
Do you know a student whose family is unable to get to our meal sites or bus locations due to lack of transportation? Do you need extra help with food boxes, school supplies, hygiene supplies, diapers, wipes, or laundry detergent, due to financial hardship? Please call 828-225-4768 to ask for assistance, between the hours of 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Learn more about how to help or get help from our Family Resource Center.

YMCA Meals
View the YMCA of Western North Carolina's nutrition outreach schedule to learn about no-cost meals for children, mobile food markets, and Saturday meals.

Bounty & Soul
 (Black Mountain)
Bounty & Soul's community programs, including weekly “no-cost, no questions asked” markets, are listed with times and locations is available on their website. 


Local Restaurants
A list of local restaurants offering free meals for school-aged children is being maintained by Family Friendly Asheville



Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry
2840 Hendersonville Road,Fletcher, NC 28732 (828) 684-6266
Calvary has boxed food distribution Saturday mornings from 8-11am. It is drive through only and includes TEFAP additional food distribution (aka extra food for each family!!). Milks, eggs and produce are also distributed.

Calvary Episcopal Church Update (4/22/20):
In order to keep in compliance with current public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have instituted the following guidelines and operations practice for the foreseeable future. Pre-packed boxes of food will be distributed to pantry clients by way of drive-through service. Volunteer opportunities will be available Friday and Saturday of this week (see below). Please note that we will send out weekly updates to help keep our volunteers and community members informed of our practices.