Food Markets

We are supporting healthy nutrition for children, families and seniors through Community Engagement Markets. The USDA has identified six geographical areas within Buncombe County that are deemed food deserts. Residents who live in food deserts have limited options to obtain affordable, nutritious food: their communities lack access to grocery stores within walking distance; they are elderly and unable to make the trip; they do not have a vehicle or the money for gas; public transportation is unreliable and limited; they have young children who require them to be at home. These residents rely on the Manna Pop Up Markets to obtain fresh and nutritious food for their families. 

SPARC coordinates food delivery from our local food bank to eight Buncombe County sites located near low income communities. Several neighborhoods are within Public Housing in the city, other neighborhoods are rural. These sites receive food delivery either once or twice a month. We serve families, elderly individuals and adults who are food insecure. Pop Ups typically contain breads, vegetables, other dry goods and at times meat products. 

In one calendar year, almost 8000 individuals received food from a Manna Pop Up in their neighborhood. Of those individuals, 60% are parents and children.  

Pisgah View Apartments
Deaverview Apartment
Bartlett Arms Apartments
Arthur A. Edington Center
Shiloh/Rock Hill Church
Sycamore Temple Church
ABCCM Candler, Hominy Valley
Big Ivy Community Center, Barnardsville 
              Locations and Times
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
1st and 3rd Monday of each month
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
2nd and 4th Monday of each month
3rd Wednesday of each month 
3rd Tuesday of each month
4th Thursday of each month
Every Tuesday of each month except the 1st

2:30 – 4:30 
2:30 – 4:30 
2:00 – 3:30
2:30 – 4:30
3:00 – 5:00
2:30  - 4:00
2:00 – 4:00
8:30 – 10:30