Food Security Locally
- The council started in 2011 and is run entirely by volunteers.
- There are 8 working groups/clusters: Access, Asset Mapping, Communications, Emergency, Health Wellness & Education, Land Use Policy, Local Food Flow, and Legislative Policy & Advocacy.
- There is also a general council that is made up of representatives from each of the 9 working groups.
Why it Matters
- In a 2008-2009 national study, Asheville was the 58th worst metropolitan area with respect to food security. In the 2010-2011 national study, Asheville rose to the 3rd worst metropolitan area in the nation.
- Also in 2010, there was a 27% increase in county residents that received food assistance, up to 31,011.
- 50.1% of the students within the Buncombe County School System were enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program during the 2009-2010 school year, up from 46.7 the previous year.
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How to Get Involved
- If you want to get involved, the best place to start is one of the individual working groups/clusters meetings.
- Find clusters that meet at a time that is convenient for you. There is no limit to how many clusters you can be involved in.
- If you want to just observe what is happening with the FPC the general council meeting is open to the public. Make sure you e-mail the FPC ahead of time to let them know you are coming.
Other Supporting Partners
- Asheville City Council Member Gordon Smith
- Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)
- MANNA FoodBank
Contact the A-B FPC at email@example.com
Now use this information plus your passion to MAKE CHANGES