Food Banks, Food Donation Programs & Soup Kitchens through NC 2-1-1

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Food Assistance and Food Donation Programs

"Where can I get free food?" In a perfect world, nobody would need to ask how to get free food. Luckily, NC 2-1-1 can connect you with the nearest food bank, mobile food pantries, churches with food pantries, free meals for veterans and other food assistance programs.

If you or someone you know needs information on food banks or would like make a donation to a food assistance program, dial 2-1-1 from any cell phone or landline. You will be connected for free with a real person who can navigate you to services in your area. The conversation will be confidential and you will be connected with an organization that is close to you and fits your schedule.

In addition, 866-401-6342 is a toll free number that is available should your service provider be unable to connect to 2-1-1. Search for food assistance and food donation programs online using our database. After you click, you can refine your search by location using the column on the right of the new page.

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NC 2-1-1 connects you to providers in the following areas:

  • food banks
  • food pantries
  • free meals for veterans
  • food assistance
  • soup kitchens
  • food donations
  • food assistance programs
  • churches with food pantries
  • food donation programs

What is NC 2-1-1?

NC 2-1-1 is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center serves the entire population of seven western North Carolina counties.

Every hour of every day, someone in western North Carolina searches for services, from substance abuse treatment to care for a child or aging parent, food, housing or financial assistance. With more than 18,000 health and human service programs, finding help can seem insurmountable. NC 2-1-1 can help.

By dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, clients are linked to a live highly-trained specialist who will navigate them through their situations by assessing their needs and then matching them to the best and closest resource in their community. Assistance is confidential and offered in more any languages. NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center’s highly trained specialist, the majority of whom are Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)-certified, provide a wide range of immediate resources to local individuals and families. Help Starts Here.

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