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What we do

Does anyone else think it's ridiculous that fresh food continues to pollute America's landfills while people go hungry? If so, you've landed on the right site.

Food Connection collects surplus fresh meals from restaurants, caterers and institutions, and delivers them to community partners who feed those in need, in order to reduce food waste and ease the pain of immediate hunger. 

Where we are operating

Currently Food Connection is operating in Buncombe County, North Carolina, in cities including Asheville, Swannanoa and Black Mountain. That being said, we'd love to start a food rescue revolution in other places. Get in touch!

Our Mission

Food Connection relieves hunger while reducing waste by connecting surplus freshly prepared meals with those experiencing food insecurity.

Because this makes total sense, right?



Join us in celebrating 5 years and 250,000 meals rescued and delivered!

This year's celebration takes place at the Century Room at Pack's Tavern which is where the idea for Food Connection was born! There will be 7 chefs preparing gourmet dishes who also have helped us reduce waste and ease hunger in WNC by donating all of their leftovers to Food Connection. 

There will be live music, DJ Jr. James, Wicked Weed beer, wine, a raffle and some surprise guests.

Wicked Weed Brewing is a presenting sponsor of Chefs in Action 2020!

Food Connection on Wheels!

Food Connection has big news- we're now able to take fresh, rescued meals directly to families using our new van! Watch what happened when we took rescued sweet potato casserole, roasted quartered chicken, beef brisket, fresh veggies and more, directly into a local neighborhood and fed 89 people! Our deepest gratitude goes out to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina who awarded us the Human Hurt and Hope Grant to purchase the van. We thank the Diocese and St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain, NC for helping us take our mission to reduce waste and ease hunger into a whole new place- into neighborhoods!  We are currently seeking volunteers in the Swannanoa Valley to help out. We are also currently fundraising to ensure the ongoing success of this mission. Please donate if you can!

About Food Connection

Food Connection has rescued and delivered well over 215,000 fresh, gourmet meals and connected them to those in need. We need your help to continue. Your support will allow us to expand our mission because we firmly believe that no fresh food should ever end up in the trash while people go hungry. 


Food Connection needs your help! We are currently seeking volunteer drivers, food packers and distributors to help us rescue the surplus fresh meals from Ridgecrest Conference Center and connect it with neighbors living in our local mobile home communities in Swannanoa and Black Mountain. This is the perfect opportunity for faith groups, couples and parents with teenage children. 

Watch this!

If you're curious about current statistics, check this out.

(It's not great news.)

Get involved

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GOT FRESH FOOD NOW? Is it enough to feed 18  people or more? Are you located in Buncombe County, NC or the Charlotte area? We need it!  Click the link below and let's get started.

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Your financial contributions allow us to continue, and expand our efforts to keep fresh food out of our local landfills, while feeding our neighbors in need. Because it's logical to do this.

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Want to get involved? Consider helping us out with fundraising, delivering food, working events and helping us educate folks that there are alternatives to tossing out good food.

Help us feed more people

Your financial gift will allow us to expand!

Please help us continue to reduce food waste and ease hunger in Asheville, Swannanoa, Black Mountain and Charlotte, NC. Your support will also help us expand to other areas. Thank you!


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