Recently, Commissioners Joe Belcher and Robert Pressley pitched in at a Buncombe County/MANNA/ABCCM Pop Up market in their district at the ABCCM Ferguson Crisis Center.
Over 14% of the people living in Buncombe County suffer from food insecurity, which is the inability to reliably access affordable, nutritious food. Agencies and individuals have come together to get fresh, healthy food into more homes. The Pop Up markets supply public housing communities with fresh foods to encourage diets full of fruits and vegetables. The Fresh Food Pop Ups distributed 415,567 pounds of food to various communities last year. Here are some other steps you can take to bring healthy food into your neighborhood and home.
- If you have a child 5 and under, you may qualify for WIC (Women, Infants and Children) which provides breastfeeding education and support, referrals for health care, and vouchers for healthy foods. Wait times are short and our highly qualified staff is eager to help families and babies to get the best start in life with healthy food. Free language assistance is available. Find out more about Buncombe County's WIC.
- Check out easy and healthy recipes and great food-related information.