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:
- Buncombe County programs and services such as:
- Health Screenings
- Public Benefits
- Public Safety
- Voter Registration & more
- Community-based services such as:
- Disease Management
- Health Insurance
- Mental Health
- Nutrition Education
- Weatherization & more
Find a Market
Notice: Events supported by Buncombe County Community Connectors. Health Screening and other community resources are available at the markets.
The Community Engagement Markets are open to the community and located throughout Buncombe
County. The markets provide onsite representation from organizations to assist with chronic disease
prevention and management, connections to employment opportunities, librarian assistance, and
healthy food demonstrations and education.
*To stay up to date with Community Connectors, please subscribe to our Market Calendar.