Community Resources During Covid-19 Closing

RESOURCES: Food/Financial, Internet, Mental Health, Medical


Meal Information

Buncombe County Schools Meals Distribution Sites -

Free breakfast and lunch for all Buncombe County School students.

Roberson District: This is available in the car rider line at Estes  Elementary School

  1. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
  1. BCS Buses will be delivering bag lunches and breakfast meals Monday thru Friday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

At the following locations: Wellington Estates, Whispering Pines, Rock Hill, Pine Valley, and Avery’s Creek Elementary

Other Meal Sites 

Western Carolina Rescue Mission: 225 Patton Ave, Asheville.  Public meals daily 11:30-12:30 and 4:30-5:30.

Montmorenci UMC - 89 Old Candler Town Rd, Candler NC.  (828)-667-1211. Monday evenings 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - boxed hot meals

Arden First Baptist Church- Dinner Wednesday and Thursday nights. Parents call church before 4 p.m.. with a number of people and allergies: 828-684-6780. Pull up, give name, get dinner.

Additional Info on Local Free Meals at:  Family Friend Asheville

Text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites

For Spanish version text:  COMIDA 877-877

YMCA has mobile delivery sites: 

Go to to get Monthly Schedules.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, YMCA will hand out pre-packaged bags at the market for pick up. You can pick up a bag between normal mobile market operating hours. This is a temporary change. Distributions are FREE and open to ALL and at all locations.

Food Pantries

Biltmore Church of God Food Pantry-1390 Sweeten Creek Rd. Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm

Foster Seventh Day Adventist Church: 375 Hendersonville Road, Phone number - (828) 274-2014

Tuesday 9:00am - 11:30 am  Breakfast at 7:00 am

Trinity of Fairview Food Pantry:  OPEN Tuesdays from 9-11:45 a.m. until further notice.

646 Concord Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 (828)628-1188

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry: OPEN Saturdays from 8-11:00 a.m. until further notice.

2840 Hendersonville Road,Fletcher, NC 28732 (828)684.6266

Salvation Army Food Pantry-204 Haywood St. Asheville. Wednesdays 1:30-3:30

Oakley Baptist: Wednesdays at 12:15

Beverly Hills Baptist Food Pantry: 2nd and 4th Thursday at Beverly Hill Baptist

Avery's Creek UMC Food Pantry-874 Glenn Bridge Rd. SE., Arden. Saturdays 9-11:45am.

Bounty & Soul- hosting drive through pick up sites of pre made food boxes. No cost and no eligibility. Tuesdays from 11am-1pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in Black Mountain and Fridays from 4pm-6pm at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry-109 Crescent Hill Dr., Arden. Thursdays 11:00am-2:00pm

Montmorenci UMC - 89 Old Candler Town Road, Candler (828)-667-1211.  Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Biltmore Church of Christ Food Pantry 823 Fairview St. Asheville. (828) 274-2829

Wednesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Food For Fairview: 1357 Charlotte Highway, Fairview.  (828) 628-4322

More info on Food Pantries and Manna family pack boxes here:  Manna Food Bank COVID-19

Dial 211 from your phone to get Information on Food Pantries and other services 

Here is an interactive map of food assistance programs across NCNO KID HUNGRY NC

ABCCM Crisis Centers (Financial and Food)

Cumberland Crisis Center-24 Cumberland Ave, Asheville M-F 8:30-4:30

South Crisis Center-10 Buck Shoals Rd, Arden  (TEFAP government food program Mondays - Friday)

Hominy Valley Crisis Center-1914 Smoky Park Hwy, Candler, M-F 8:30-4:30 (TEFAP food program Tuesday-Thursday)

North Samaritan Crisis Center-403 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, M-F 10am-2pm (TEFAP food program Monday - Friday)


Click on links below for additional resource information:

United Way of Asheville, COVID-19

Buncombe County Schools COVID-19 Response


 Information regarding Unemployment 



  1. Charter/Spectrum will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.  Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll in the program, call: 1-844-488-8395.

  1. T- Mobile Unlimited data to customers for 60 days starting 3.19.2020 and extra 20 GB of mobile hotspot data for those w/hotspots

  2. Sprint offers unlimited data to customers during coronavirus - 828-774-5206

  3. Access from AT&T


Mental Health Services

Protocol Supplied by BCS Student Services (March 16,  2020)


If you need to follow up with your child’s mental health provider due to concerns, please see the protocol by agency below: :If you are currently seeing a mental health provider please check with them about options for appointments and care.


RHA -  Please Call/Email your child’s school based therapist, RHA staff you know or the agency supervisor Helen Devore (if you cannot reach a therapist, call Helen Devore 828-713-1749). RHA Office: (828) 254-2700


Blue Ridge Treks - Please Call/Email your child’s therapist or BRT staff person

Or call the BRT office number: (828) 707-2335


Access Family Services: Please Call/Email your child’s therapist, Access staff you know or agency supervisor Victoria Reichard  If it is more urgent, please call the Access office and ask for assistance - 828-670-7723.  


A Caring Alternative - Please email - the QP you know, the program therapist (Oasis - Amanda Jones (New Beginnings - AJ Reisman (PASS - Clarissa Adams and the program supervisor Jennifer Weise -

If it is more urgent than email, please 831-421-2468


Family Preservation Services (for students receiving IIH, ESS or office based OPT)  - Please call the IIH or ESS staff person whose contact you have.  If you don't have that information, please call Jeremy Bricker during business hours (828-423-0713) and the Emergency Line after hours 828-691-5004


Mental Health Crisis Information

If a student is in significant crisis or is a risk to self or others and you cannot reach your mental health provider immediately or they are not a current client of any mental health agency please utilize Mobile Crisis 1-888-573-1006.  


For parents or others who may be having a mental health crisis, Vaya Health also has a 24/7 Access to Care and crisis hotline - 1-800-849-6127 where  trained professionals can support in mental health, IDD and substance use needs.  


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Online Suicide Prevention Chatline:

To report concerns about someone who is suicidal on social media:



For information about COVID-19, please visit and text “BCALERT” to 888-777 for updates.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS COVID -19, do NOT go to ANY health care provider before calling ahead.  The COVID-19 HOTLINE# is 866-462-3821 work on a sliding scale as well  


Community Health Centers: If you do not already have a primary care provider for your child, there are a few Community Health Centers in the area.  These providers accept Medicaid and provide services on a sliding fee scale to people without insurance:

Appalachian Mountain Health Centers: (828)202-5200 (serves Asheville, but not Arden)

Western North Carolina Community Health Center: (828)285-0622

Blue Ridge Community Health Center, Arden: (828)692-4289

Leicester Community Health, Asheville:  828-253-3717

You must be an established patient with each of these centers in order to use their services.  For emergencies, go to your local urgent care facility or to Mission Hospital Emergency Room.


If your student has a chronic medical condition; check your medical supplies

If your student is Diabetic- make sure your student has enough supplies to last a several weeks, consider contacting mail order supply companies when possible

Parents with students with any chronic conditions please be mindful of what you need to take care of your child for at home for a few weeks.  This could include checking with your pharmacy to see if they have an option to mail supplies to your home.

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Individuals who have lost employment due to Covid 19 are eligible for assistance grants.

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School Social Worker: Lisa Stander

During our Virtual Days I will maintain flexible office hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in order to be available to support students and families as needs arise.  I am available to assess needs, collaborate and problem solve, link with resources for food, clothing, and other basic needs, as well as mental health supports. I can be reached by phone or text at 828-776-9733 or email at Please feel free to contact me if I can assist in any way. We will navigate this challenging time together!

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