Help Spread the Word About A New Program to Help SNAP Recipients Purchase More Fruits and Vegetables!

The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council and Bountiful Cities were awarded funding from the WNC Community Foundation to launch a Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) pilot program in Buncombe County. DUFB programs awards a dollar for each SNAP dollar used to purchase produce. These dollars can then be spent to purchase locally grown produce. Two initial retail organizations will be participating initially, the French Broad Food Coop and Mother Earth Produce. MountainWise, a non-profit serving the counties west of Buncombe, will be the lead agency in this effort as DUFB expands initially into Haywood County. Our 2017 pilot is a scaleable effort to develop a successful model in WNC in preparation for submitting a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Initiative grant in 2018 to expand to more retail outlets in Buncombe and surrounding counties.  Eventually this is expected to be a statewide initiative with conversations underway with Durham and Wilmington.

The award was announced on February 23rd and the program is expected to launch in April. As information and promotional materials with details on how SNAP recipients can take advantage of this program are released, we will post them on this page and ask that you promote this program with your clients and those who can benefit. Also look for a special alert via our email newsletter platform when these are available.

Be Part of Open Streets Asheville 2017!

Please consider having your organization at the table as we promote a healthy Buncombe County through play, physical activity and building community

Our Sunday afternoon inaugural 2016 Open Streets hosted 1500 in a 1 1/2 mile car-free park-like setting on downtown streets filled with neighbors, movement and community offerings from 50+ businesses and organizations. Participants experienced everything from yoga, dance, bicycle skills education, four square, soccer, pop-up cardboard playgrounds to creating murals and listening to music. Businesses offered special promotions, expanded into the street or hosted engaging activities such as knitting circles or creating a stamped leather bracelet for the price of 10 jumping jacks. 

Mark your calendars for Open Streets Asheville 2018 on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 and join us for our planning kick-off Wednesday, March 8th from 12-1:30 in the Balsam Room at MAHEC. A light lunch will be provided.

Our kick-off will provide an overview of last year's highlights, screen the video produced by UNC Asheville students, facilitate a conversation about what we have learned, ways you can engage and begin the process of developing goals and plans for this year's event.

Click here to RSVP!

Stand Against Racism

The YWCA of Asheville invites community members and partner organizations to join the #StandAgainstRacism campaign. 

The official dates for the campaign are Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, April 30, but Stand events can take place throughout the month of April.

This year's Stand theme is Women of Color Leading Change.

REGISTER ONLINE at www.StandAgainstRacism.org.

For more information about local efforts and partnering with YWCA of Asheville, contact stand@ywcaofasheville.org.

Affordable Health Care Advocacy

Currently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is providing 560,357 North Carolinians with healthcare coverage. Children First Community in Schools is aware that there is concern about ensuring that the Accountable Care Act and affordable health care continues to be available and has made this an advocacy platform for their organization.  If this is a concern that you share, they have created an online petition for our NC legislators.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Erwin Middle School needs you! Monday night's Homework Diner at Erwin Middle School PTO still has 10 open volunteer slots! Consider spending your Monday night volunteering to help with family registration, serving food, or tutoring. Rewarding volunteer experience and easy to sign up! Click on the link to see upcoming dates and sign up. 

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