Asheville and Buncombe County are often included in national “best of” lists. The growing local food movement and burgeoning, innovative dining and beer scene in the region has even led Asheville to be branded as “Foodtopia” by many.
However, this region also has the unwelcome distinction of making it onto the “top ten” list of most food insecure communities in the nation. Most recently, a 2013 report by the Food Research and Action Center ranks the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area as the ninth hungriest city in the nation, with more than 1 in 5 (21.8%) of residents experiencing “food hardship.” That same report ranked North Carolina as the tenth hungriest state in the nation.
- The ABFPC was formed in 2011 out of a recognition by local advocates and policymakers that food insecurity is an urgent problem in Asheville and Buncombe County that has profound effects on the health and wellbeing of city and county residents.
- At that time, a survey by Tyson Foods, Inc. listed North Carolina as the second most food insecure state in the nation, and another survey named Asheville as the nation’s 6th most food insecure metropolitan area.
- Learn more about the data behind food insecurity in the region in the ABFPC Food Insecurity White Paper (August 2011).
- The founding members of the ABFPC recognized a need for a local, community-driven entity to address food security, food justice, and food systems sustainability and access issues in Asheville and Buncombe County.
- Learn more about how the ABFPC was started in our Year One Snapshot Report (2012).