About Community Engagement Markets
Community Engagement oversees Community Engagement Markets at 12 locations in under resourced areas of our community. These markets offer a way to build relationships and connections through the provision of food at no cost to the public, along with resource connections to services offered by the County and community partners.
These markets are coordinated by 8 part time Community Connectors at 6 community-based organizations with funding contracts from Buncombe County. Community Connectors are community leaders with knowledge and experience within the neighborhoods being served.
Markets are supported by a network of volunteers, who support their neighbors by sharing their time to help increase access to healthy food and connections to County and community resources.
Buncombe County’s Community Service Navigators began the Popup markets in 2014 to promote healthy eating and nutrition, and the program has now grown to include not just food but also robust onsite connections to services, including: