In Asheville, ~14% of people (as of 2015) experience food insecurity. That is equivalent to about 34,340 people who do not have stable access to enough healthy food.
The college community (students, faculty, and staff) is a microcosm of the larger community. Therefore, it is not immune to food insecurity. In 2017, 1 in 10 faculty and staff at UNCA reported that they “sometimes” or “often” worried that their food would run out before they had enough money to buy more. Nationwide, 45–50% of university students experience food insecurity.
Linked in the menu to the left are a list of community food resources in the greater Asheville area, as well as detailed information about North Carolina’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program. If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity, please check out our resources or reach out to the Key Center for help.