Poverty & Food Insecurity
The Diocese of Western North Carolina is passionately committed to alleviating the immediate needs of those affected by poverty and working to eradicate the interrelated and systemic factors that instigate this condition for so many in our communities and around the world.
In particular, our parishes participate in anti-hunger initiatives all across our diocese. From food pantries and community gardens, to soup kitchens and back-pack programs, the Diocese of Western North Carolina supports every effort to assist those in need.
A sample of community-based and church-based ministries in Western North Carolina that seek to reduce poverty and hunger in our diocese:
Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets, Asheville, NC
Bounty and Soul, Black Mountain, NC
Cooperative Christian Ministries, Hickory, NC
Desoto Square Apartments, Hayesville, NC
Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Hendersonville, NC
Hunger and Health Coalition, Boone, NC
East Lincoln Christian Ministries, Denver, NC
Manna Food Bank, Asheville, NC
Parish back-pack programs (Waynesville, Canton, Flat Rock, Asheville, Gastonia, Denver)
Parish community gardens (Marion, Bessemer City, Boone, Waynesville, Hickory, Wilkesboro)
Parish Food Pantries (Marion, Fletcher, Waynesville)
Parish Soup Kitchens and Community Meals (Hickory, Rutherfordton, Shelby)