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Free food pantries and groceries in Asheville and Buncombe County.

A number of Asheville NC area churches, pantries, charities and food banks offer free groceries to low income families and people with no money in the region. There are a number of food pantries near you that operate across Buncombe County North Carolina and that are open today. The distribution centers free food boxes, meals, groceries, and other assistance, such as baby formula, diapers, toiletries or other aid. Locate a free Buncombe County food pantry near you.

The exact types of assistance provided will vary by food pantry or soup kitchen. In general, some of the services provided will range from free groceries, perishable items, and government surplus food, to meals for the homeless or single mothers. The increasing number of senior citizens as well as retirees in Buncombe County can also apply for Meals on Wheels at a center. There is a free referral number at the bottom of the page for information on drive thru food banks, USDA benefits, groceries, SNAP Food Assistance applications and more. Even look here for free dog food for low-income families.

Other locations may provide personal hygiene items, free holiday food baskets, cat or dog food or even from time to time limited amounts of financial assistance for paying bills. Soup kitchens at the Buncombe County food pantries also serve meals, including free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners or food baskets. When you need to get access to free food to make it through a difficult period (whether short or long term), these Asheville food pantries are a great resource.

Charities for free food in Buncombe County NC

Calvary Episcopal Church
Location - 2840 Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, North Carolina 28732
Phone number - (828) 684-6266
Services provided include free food, groceries, meals, and more. Open limited hours, and groceries are only distributed at certain times.




Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Services - Food Pantry/Clothing Closet
Address: 375 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Telephone number - (828) 274-2014
Both clothing and free food is offered to the low income, needy, children, and others in the community. Can be work clothes, or items for school aged children as well. There may also be pasta, sauce, cereal, and other non-perishable grocery supplies.

Biltmore Church of Christ Food Pantry
823 Fairview Street
Asheville, NC 28803
Dial - (828) 274-2829
A number of Buncombe County families receive help from this food bank every year.

Victory Fellowship Worship Center
Food pantry address is 450 Aiken Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
(828) 243-3088
Call for vegetables, breads, boxed foods, and other commodities.

Salvation Army - Buncombe County
204 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Main phone number - (828) 253-4723
The social service organization has both a Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. In addition, apply for rent help, energy assistance, and get referrals and other support. There are also holiday assistance programs, including free Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas and Easter meals, and even toys for kids in Buncombe County. More on Buncombe County Salvation Army assistance programs.





MANNA FoodBank
627 Swannanoa River Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
Dial (828) 299-3663
They offer referrals only as well as applications to government aid, such as SNAP food stamps, WIC vouchers, and other USDA services. Or learn about free food pantries, soup kitchens, and feeding sites in Buncombe County.

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
225 Patton Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Telephone number is (828) 254-0471
Assistance programs include hot community meals, shelter, hygiene supplies and more.

Catholic Social Services - Buncombe County
50 Orange Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 255-0146
Help is offered for all who need support, regardless of religion or background. Food, meals, and other aid is offered too. There is also shelter, meals for the homeless, winter blankets, and other supplies.

Biltmore Church of God Food Pantry
Address: 1390 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Telephone: (828) 274-7351

Lunch at the Crossroads, First Baptist Church of Asheville
Address - 5 Oak Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone number - (828) 252-4781
Hot and cold meals are distributed to the needy.

Big Ivy Community Center
Address is 540 Dillingham Road
Barnardsville, NC 28709
(828) 626-3438




Trinity Of Fairview Food Pantry
Fletcher, NC 28732
Main number - (828) 628-1188

Zephyr Hills Freewill Baptist
Food pantry address is 283 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 253-5487
Everything from groceries to hygiene supplies, paper goods, household cleaning items and more is offered to the poor and struggling.

The Downtown Welcome Table-Haywood St Congregation
297 Haywood St
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Main number: (828) 575-2477

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
Location is 101 N. Ridgeway Ave.
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711
(828) 669-9404
They support the Black Mountain area. Free food, clothes, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas meals and more are offered. The poor, seniors, and others can get help. Meals on Wheels is available as well.

Go-kitchen Ready
Address is 133 Livingston Street
Asheville, NC 28801
For information, call (828) 398-4158
A daily meal is served. They also provide food and free meals at Christmas as well as Thanksgiving. This charity is a soup kitchen.

Family Resource Center at Emma, Children First / CIS of Buncombe County
37 Brickyard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-4810
Programs for families are administered. They also offer summer snacks for kids, including when on holiday and during summer months.







Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)
24 Cumberland Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone - (828) 259-5300
This is the so called Main Crisis Ministry of Buncombe County North Carolina. They can refer people and help individuals apply for programs such as WIC and food stamps, homeless prevention, and other financial assistance. They also work with local churches and food pantries to provide groceries, meals, clothing, and much more for the low income, seniors, and disabled. More on Asheville ABCCM programs. There are other locations too, including:

  • ABCCM - Hominy Valley, 1914 Smoky Park Highway, Candler, North Carolina 28715, (828) 670-1221
  • ABCCM - North Buncombe Samaritan Ministries, 403 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville, NC 28804, dial (828) 259-5303
  • ABCCM - SOUTH MINISTRY, 10 Buck Shoals Road, Arden, NC 28704

North Buncombe Samaritan Ministry, Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)
Main office is 403 Weaverville Highway
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone number - (828) 645-6141
This non-profit is part of the organization listed above.

Be Loved House Hospitality
Soup kitchen address is 39 Grove St.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 242-8261
They serve a community meals. It can feed the homeless, poor, elderly, and even anyone that wants company.

Food for Fairview, offered from the Fairview Community Center
1357 Charlotte Highway
Fairview, North Carolina 28730
(828) 628-4322




Calvary Chapel of Asheville
Address: 900 West Chapel Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Dial - (828) 277-7703
Meals for senior citizens, shelter, and information on local charities and food programs are offered.

Flat Creek Baptist Church
21 Flat Creek Church Rd
Weaverville, NC 28787
(828) 778-0909

Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church
Location is 238 S. French Broad Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 298-6121
Struggling Buncombe County families can get help. Free groceries, holiday meals, hygiene supplies, and even clothes may be offered.

Ingrid's Food Pantry
718 Haywood Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
Main number - (828) 216-4820
Perishable and non-perishable items are at the free food pantry.

Oakley Baptist Church
Location is 70 Fairview Avenue
Asheville, NC 28803
Dial (828) 274-3221 to reach the church.
A food bank helps low income families facing an emergency. Find free baby formula, diapers, vouchers to acquire groceries, and much more.

Family of Faith Fellowship
Address: 213 Long Shoals Road
Arden, North Carolina 28704
Phone number - (828) 684-2158
The church provides guidance, access to food pantry, and support.

Zephyr Hills Freewill Baptist
Food pantry address 283 Shelburne Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
Telephone number is (828) 550-8494
There may be a variety of free groceries. Cereal, milk, pasta, rice, crackers, and more may be offered to the low income.

Bethel Seventh Day Adventist
Address is 238 South French Broad Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-8105

Montmorenci UMC
Soup kitchen and pantry - 89 Old Candler Town Road
Candler, NC 28715
Dial (828) 667-1211





Loving Food Resources
Food pantry address is 123 Kennilworth Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Dial (828) 255-9282

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Main address is 56 Walton Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone number - (828) 255-0054
When resources are available, the pantry may have perishable items, holiday meals, canned goods, and much more is provided.

Additional food assistance programs in Buncombe County and Asheville

In addition, the MANNA helpline can be reached at 1-800-820-1109. There are referrals to other local emergency Buncombe County food pantries as well as soup kitchens near you. Low income families can also get free help in applying for SNAP food stamps (including for the elderly), Meals on Wheels, free school lunch programs for kids, WIC vouchers and much more.


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