Welcome to Feeding Avery Families!
Feeding Avery Families (FAF) is a non-profit Christian organization 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 622,000 meals in 2020!
Feeding Avery Families distributes food in many ways. The most convenient option is at our Distribution Center in Newland (508 Pineola Street behind Carolina BBQ) by appointment. Once each month, you will receive boxes of groceries, frozen meats, fresh produce and more. Stop in on the first four Fridays each month, 9:30-11:30 AM or 1-3 PM, to learn more and schedule an appointment – we are closed each 5th Friday (in 2021, they occur in Jan, April, July, Oct & Dec). Call 828-783-8506 for details. Read about eligibility requirements.
Our 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.
In 2020, we distributed 746,000 pounds of food – thanks to many hard-working volunteers and generous contributions. That’s a 50% increase over 2019! Each month, we give food to 1,300+ Avery County residents through these programs:
- Food Distribution Center Friday markets
- Community Food Pantries outside 5 schools (photo above)
- Weekend Backpack Program distributed twice a week in schools
- Read more about these!
Also See: Top 20 FAF Highlights from 2020
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 508 Pineola Street in Newland, NC. If you have questions, want to make a contribution, or volunteer, contact Dick or Jo-Ann at 828-783-8506 or P.O. Box 1075, Banner Elk, NC 28604. Read more about us, and see the latest news.
Check out our annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser in August.