Welcome to Food Connection Black Mountain

Since launching in June of 2018 over 10,000 fresh meals have been kept out of our local landfills and have instead gone to feed our neighbors in need.

Check out Lorraine & Brenda rescuing food on WLOS News 13!

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WLOS) — Two Buncombe County women have helped feed thousands of people in recent months.

"I mean it's a win, win!" Edwards said, handling food that would have otherwise wound up in the trash."

"And those meals, like I say, would have gone into a landfill," Thornburg said. "And all it takes is the effort of connecting people who have leftover food with people that need the food."

Food Connection expands to Black Mountain and Swannanoa, NC

In partnership with St. James Episcopal Church, and Dynamic Duo- Brenda & Lorraine- When 1 in 4 children are food insecure in your community you have to step up. Brenda and Lorraine from St. James Episcopal Church of Black Mountain did just that. They've successfully launched a branch of Food Connection and are rescuing food from conference centers who have been previously throwing the fresh food away. Now these fresh meals are going directly to nonprofits who feed the hungry. 


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Who is involved in Black Mountain & Swannanoa, NC?

Expanding to Black Mountain

Expanding to Black Mountain

Expanding to Black Mountain

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"When Brenda Thornburg, who attends St. James along with her friend Lorraine Edwards, saw the story of Food Connection on a television segment earlier she had an idea. 'She thought that was a really great idea,' Edwards said of Thornburg. 'She told me about it and I said 'we have to try to do this here,' and here we are.'"

Food Connection goes east

Expanding to Black Mountain

Expanding to Black Mountain


Food Connection's dynamic duo! Brenda Thornburg and Lorraine Edwards launched Food Connection in the Swannanoa Valley in June of 2018. In their first six months 10,000 plus meals have been kept out of the local landfills and have instead gone to feed those in need. 

St James Episcopal Church

Expanding to Black Mountain

St James Episcopal Church


St. James Episcopal Church of Black Mountain gave Brenda and Lorraine $2000 in seed money to launch Food Connection. They provide volunteer drivers, food packers, use of their church bus, and house a commercial refrigerator in the church for surplus meals. What if there was church in every community willing to do this? Think of the impact!

Food Donor Partners

Food Recipient Partners

St James Episcopal Church


• Ridgecrest Conference Center

• Givens Highland Farms

• Christmont

• Montreat Conference Center

* YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

Food Recipient Partners

Food Recipient Partners

Food Recipient Partners


• Blue Ridge Apartments for Seniors with Bounty & Soul
Black Mountain Home for Children

• Black Mountain Welcome Table

• Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries 

"Hope For Tomorrow"

• Latina Zumba with Bounty & Soul

• ESL Class with Bounty & Soul

• Veterans Restoration Quarters

• VFW of Black Mountain

• Church of the Advocate with Trinity Church

• Salvation Army

Community Partners

Food Recipient Partners

Food Recipient Partners

Black Mountain Ale House, Food Connection, hunger relief, fundraising

• St. James Episcopal Church

* Episcopal Diocese of WNC

• The Community Foundation of WNC

• Black Mountain Rotary Club

• Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain

• Black Mountain Ale House

• Black Mountain Brewing

Want to get involved?

Drop us a line to see if there are current volunteer opportunities!

Your financial contribution helps us expand our mission of reducing waste and easing hunger in the Black Mountain area.

We are beginning to make a dent in the problem of waste and hunger in our area, but we've got a long way to go. We appreciate your help!

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