While the coronavirus pandemic is causing great economic, physical and emotional impact on people around the world, the impact on marginalized populations and those who are food insecure is unimaginable. For Food Connection, that means our primary food donors (universities, conference centers and event businesses) are following CDC guidelines and canceling meetings and events. With that, the excess food from those events that we normally collect disappears.
Times are uncertain, and much is required of us.
What is Food Connection doing?
Food Connection’s top priority is the health and safety of the families and individuals we serve, as well as our staff and volunteers. As such, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and are actively working with our food donors and partnering recipient agencies to continue service as best as we can.
We are beginning to see an increased food demand and decreased supply from our donor partners. We are also seeing a dramatic decrease in our volunteers. In the event that food becomes available we are working with our partners to develop low and no contact food distributions so that we can best serve our clients experiencing a food crisis.
While it is still too early to determine the full economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, Food Connection will continue to work to help people facing hunger have the food they need.
What you can do
With the recent postponement of our largest fundraiser of the year, and the full economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak unknown, financial donations are crucial to our ability to meet a need that is only expected to increase.
Want a peek at how Food Connection and the local community are coming together in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Watch this short video. In the midst of all that's happening (and with social distancing in mind) there are beautiful connections being made every day in Asheville and the Swannanoa Valley. Our gratitude goes out to all of the restaurant owners who despite these hard times are reaching out to us to donate their extra food to feed their neighbors in need.
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.
Currently Food Connection is operating in Buncombe County, North Carolina, in cities including Asheville, Swannanoa and Black Mountain and also in Madison County. That being said, we'd love to start a food rescue revolution in other places. Get in touch!
Food Connection relieves hunger while reducing waste by connecting surplus freshly prepared meals with those experiencing food insecurity.
Because this makes total sense, right?
Wicked Weed Brewing and Food Connection are celebrating 40,000 meals delivered to our neighbors in need since April. Next up, meals of appreciation for YOU to honor your ticket to our Chefs in Action event that was cancelled due to COVID.
On Thursday, August 27th Food Connection will be delivering a cooler bag of goodies directly to your home! These will include two heat and serve chef-prepared Wicked Weed dinners so you can taste for yourself the quality of meals that have been going to the men, women and children in WNC in need during the pandemic.
Your bag will also include dessert by Celine and Company and your choice of Wicked Weed beer, Biltmore Wine, or Devils Foot Beverage Co. soda.
Food Connection will be offering contactless delivery of meals on Thursday, August 27th between 5:00pm and 6:30pm.
Wicked Weed Brewing is a presenting sponsor of Chefs in Action 2020 and will be making delicious meals for our guests for home delivery this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about our upcoming events, fundraisers, and more!