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Family Resource Center Continues Service
Family Resource Center Continues Service
Posted on 04/30/2020
A collage showing Family Resource Center volunteers helping in the community.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Community strength is shining through the clouds of troubled times at the Buncombe County Schools Family Resource Center (FRC).

The FRC is growing and continuing to serve families throughout the district, thanks to a nearly constant stream of monetary and supply donations from individuals, nonprofits, and religious organizations. As of Wednesday, 46 volunteers have delivered 3,462 meals to families who aren’t able to reach BCS Child Nutrition meal sites. Bolstered by support from the North Carolina Army National Guard, teacher assistants, custodians, social workers, and bus drivers are delivering food, toiletries, baby supplies and more every weekday.

“They’re here with a smile on their face, wanting to help,” said FRC Coordinator Shannon Boyd. “Each person delivers 50 to 60 meals per day. Their cars are absolutely packed. They’re rock stars.”

The FRC, located in the Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy cafeteria, fills up and empties with non-perishable food and supplies on a daily basis. In addition to contributions received since mid-March, donations have come in from Rotary Club of Asheville-West, GracePoint Church, Buncombe Baptist Association, the T.C. Roberson High School PTSO, and the Asheville Humane Society.

Rotary Club of Asheville-West member Nancy Dalzell and her husband, Bruce, arrived at the FRC on Tuesday with two carloads of canned vegetables, canned fruit, laundry detergent, cereal, pasta, and other basics. The club already assists social workers at Enka High School and Clyde A. Erwin High School, but the COVID-19 pandemic created a broader community need.

“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self,’” Ms. Dalzell said. “Our particular club focuses a lot on students to help them thrive, because they’re the future. And for me personally, Rotary is a vehicle to help people in a meaningful, focused way.”

As they drove away, FRC volunteers carted their donation into the building and began stacking the supplies with similar items. It’s these everyday boosts that allow the FRC to keep bringing necessities to thankful families.

“Everyone is doing their part and showing us overflowing love,” Ms. Boyd said. “We’re going to make it through this storm together, because we have hope and we have each other.”

HOW TO HELP

Do you have a neighbor, friend, family member who is unable to get to our meal sites or bus locations due to lack of transportation? Do you need extra help with food boxes, school supplies, hygiene supplies, diapers, wipes, or laundry detergent, due to financial hardship? Please call 828-225-4768 to ask for assistance, between the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Buncombe County Schools is now accepting online donations for Child Nutrition and the Family Resource Center.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, meals are served Monday through Friday to children ages 2-18 at school and community sites countywide. Breakfasts are served from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunches are served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. During lunch on Friday, weekend meal boxes will also be sent home for students ages 2-18. Meal sites and up-to-date information can be found at Response.BuncombeSchools.org.

    Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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