To create a food secure and hunger free WNC, it is important that we are aware of available community resources. Whether these resources are directly food-related or not, all of them offer families who may be struggling access to necessities that can greatly improve one’s quality of life.
Emergency Broadband – Americans can begin applying for $50 off their monthly internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic. Internet is an essential tool that significantly increases people’s awareness of vital resources pertaining to food assistance, medical assistance, COVID-19 information and so much more.
Double-Up SNAP Bucks – Did you know that many farmer’s markets will double SNAP dollars? This is a great opportunity for people receiving EBT benefits to bring home nutritious foods, while saving some funds. To find your nearest farmer’s market, check out the Local Food Guide from ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).
MANNA Food Helpline – If you need help finding food assistance near you or if you are interested in applying for EBT benefits, call the MANNA Food Helpline at 1-800-820-1109. The Helpline is available from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.