Carolina Public Press, a local nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet, hosted a forum on the issues of hunger, food deserts and food insecurity. You can watch the entire forum below but several of our staff members were there and we wanted to share some thoughts about the topic and issues raised at the event.
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The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make.
Ed’s son, John, lost his only child, his marriage and his job. John’s been drinking regularly and started saying things that made Ed believe he would take his own life. Our 2-1-1 referral specialist was able to connect John to a mobile crisis team that could get him that help, right away.
by Lance Edwards
Community Investment Director
As the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament approaches, I look at my miserable bracket. I was methodical, using Bing’s prediction tool. I was sentimental, advancing all ACC teams. (That’s about the only thing keeping me in the game right now.) While college rankings have been many people’s focus for the past few weeks, another annual ranking has come out today — and Buncombe County has every reason to be happy because we’re healthy.
On Friday, September 26, Buncombe County folks will be celebrating! The celebration is for our Culture of Health. Come to Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville at 4 p.m. to not only celebrate, but learn more about what many individuals and groups are doing collectively to improve the health of all our residents.
In February, I wrote a piece about a school in another state that took lunches away from students who weren’t paid up. Thankfully, I learned then that Buncombe County Schools has a policy of ensuring each student has a lunch, even if his or her parents haven’t covered the cost for that day. Now, it’s even better news over the summer with the announcement that for the third year in a row, schools are offering free lunches at 16 different sites scattered around the county.
by David Bailey
Wellness is a goal we all strive for, even if we aren’t terribly consistent in our approach. Most of us need encouragement to participate in the activities that foster good health and wellness. Be it organized sports, a brisk walk each morning with the dog or some yoga or meditation, people need and wish for healthy living.
I spent Sunday afternoon at Carrier Park, along with hundreds of my neighbors, in pursuit of just such a healthy activity, and the chance to give back to a community I love.