Welcome to Feeding Avery Families Food Pantry!

Feeding Avery Families (FAF) is a non-profit food pantry in Avery County NC dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism, or food donations. Our Food Bank serves the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain towns of Newland, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Crossnore, Linville and Elk Park – providing enough food for 400,000+ meals in 2022.

Need Food? 
Feeding Avery Families distributes food in many ways. The most convenient option is at our new Distribution Center in Newland (189 Old Vale Road in Newland, behind the Avery County Board of Education and Mayland Community College near Ingle’s). Stop in on the first four Wednesdays each month, 9:30-11:15 AM & 1-2:45 PM. We are closed each 5th Wednesday. Get more details about Distribution Days.

Our Food Distribution Center is set up like a small grocery store. Clients visit once a month and leave with about 60 pounds of food: a wide selection of non-perishable items, breads, desserts, meats, fresh produce and dairy products. Friendly volunteers are there to help! Need directions? Find us on Google Maps.

Call 828-783-8506 for details. Si necesitas hablar con alguien en español, por favor llama a Vanessa al 423-957-6202.

During 2023, Feeding Avery Families (FAF) provided $725,000 worth of free food to the hungry in Avery County, NC. Miraculously, FAF food costs averaged only 19 cents per individual meal, thanks to securing top quality groceries at no or very low expense. Dedicated, hard-working volunteers kept operation costs low. Read more: 2023 in Review.

Volunteer at Feeding Avery Families

Want to volunteer?
Fantastic! Our hundreds of volunteers do most of the work. Read about current opportunities and sign up. 100% of all your efforts and/or contributions on behalf of Feeding Avery Families goes directly to Avery County families who still need help after exhausting all other available resources. FAF provides 63% of the food assistance in Avery County.

Want to donate?
Feeding Avery Families has provided supplemental food support for families in Avery County since 2005 and depends solely on donations, gifts, and grants from many area churches, businesses and individuals. Support is provided through financial donations, food drives, materials, services and volunteer hours. We are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) publicly supported, non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible. Read more & donate now.

Where do we get the food?
Much of our food is delivered each week from MANNA FoodBank in Asheville. Volunteers also pick up food weekly from Food Lion and Lowes Foods in Banner Elk. Additional food comes from food drives by local organizations. Read about our partnerships.

Want to know more about us?
The Feeding Avery Families Distribution Center is located at 189 Old Vale Road in Newland, NC. If you have questions about getting food, making a contribution, or volunteering, call us at 828-783-8506 or to speak with someone in Spanish, please call Vanessa at 423-957-6202. 
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Mailing Address: PO Box 1075, Banner Elk, NC 28604
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