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Local Resources

During these difficult times, Western Carolina University is committed to helping our students, neighbors and citizens of Western North Carolina by providing information on resources in the area. From food distribution sources to utility and phone cell service issues, we have compiled a list of services to help those in need and who are being affected by the coronavirus.

This is a fluid list and can change at any time. Please let us know if there is something we have missed by reaching out to us.

National Resources

Local Resources 

IT/Off-Campus Internet/Virtual Collaboration Resources 

WCU's Division of IT has provided a number of resources to support this transition, from virtual collaboration tools to guidance for off-campus internet service. You can find those resources available here.

The ability to work remotely and/or participate in remote academic activity typically requires access to the internet and, in some cases, faster access than what is readily available. For many individuals, this level of service requires a monthly fee that you would prefer to avoid. The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly brought this issue to light for many of our students, faculty, and staff. 

Thanks to the support of the FCC and many internet service providers, the issue may be addressed at no additional cost to our community members. The following is a list of potential solutions that may help you be more connected from home, thereby helping WCU to achieve our social-distancing goal. 

Buncombe County

Parents of children who currently do not have Internet access at home may request a Homework Hotspot for connecting their child's BCS 1:1 device to the Internet.

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Resources

WCU Police Department

WCU Students Against Sexual Assault

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it's distanced many students from the resources available at WCU, the Students Against Sexual Assault have created a resource guide to help connect students across most of the southeast with resources in their area. 

REACH of Macon County

REACH of Macon County (also serves Jackson County)



School Meals

Jackson County

Jackson County Public Schools will provide free meals for anyone age 1-18 during the extended school closure. For information, call Ashley Taylor at 828-575-1403 or 828-586-2311 ext. 1988.  

Swain County

Swain County school bus drivers will run their regular school routes throughout Swain County to deliver free meals to children from 10 a.m. to noon. The bus driver will stop at each bus stop, blow the horn and wait several minutes to see if someone comes out to pick up meals. Children do not have to be enrolled in Swain County schools to receive a meal. Meals will still be available at school cafeterias for pick up from 7:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. 828-488-3129 x 5163 

Macon County

Macon County food distribution sites are open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at Franklin High School, Mountain View Intermediate School, South Macon Elementary School, Highlands School and Nantahala School for free meal pick up. Additionally, buses will run their regular routes during the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to deliver meals to those who cannot pick them up. Meals are free. 

Haywood County

Haywood County food distribution sites are open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following schools: Bethel Elementary, Bethel Middle, Clyde Elementary, North Canton Elementary, River Bend Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, Meadowbrook Elementary, Jonathan Valley Elementary, Waynesville Middle, Pisgah High School and Tuscola High School. Meals will include a breakfast and a lunch. 

Buncombe County
Buncombe County Schools will serve breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to anyone 2 to 18 years of age at the following locations: Black Mountain Primary, Charles D. Owen High, Emma Elementary, Hominy Valley Elementary, Johnston Elementary, North Windy Ridge Intermediate, Oakley Elementary, Pisgah Elementary, W.W. Estes Elementary, Weaverville Elementary, West Buncombe Elementary, Woodfin Elementary

Local Food and Meals

Community Table

The Community Table is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to Jackson County. Meals are served on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is never a fee.  As of Monday, March 16th, 2020 all meals will be TO GO ONLY, to reduce the number of people gathering in the dining hall and the number of surfaces being touched by multiple people. You can also learn more on their Facebook page.

MANNA FoodBank

WNC Food Support: If you need access to food stamps, are looking for food resources, or if someone you know doesn’t have access to the internet, please call MANNA’s Food Helpline: 1-800-820-1109. A list of nonprofit partners holding free food distributions, meals, and other food-related support, and are located across 16 WNC counties is available here.

YMCA Meals
The YMCA continues to host regular no-cost mobile produce markets, using pre-packed bags to prevent any additional exposure or contact. Additionally, weekend meals will be served on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ferguson YMCA, 31 Westridge Market Place, Candler, NC 28715.

Bounty & Soul
Bounty & Soul will be host drive-through pick-up sites for participants to collect pre-made healthy food boxes. Sites are open on Tuesdays at the St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St., Black Mountain, parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, parking lot from 4 p.m. to  6 p.m. Do not to arrive earlier than the scheduled times.

Local Restaurants

A list of local restaurants offering free meals for school-aged children is being maintained by Family Friendly Asheville.

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