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Partnerships Help BCS 'Fill a Need'
Partnerships Help BCS 'Fill a Need'
Posted on 12/18/2020
BCS Maintenance Department staff members pose in front of a U-Haul truck from Biltmore Church that is filled with produce boxes from Flavor 1st.Related:
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By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

This year has shown what can happen when the community unites behind a common goal, linking resources to reach further than any one entity could.

On Thursday, two U-Haul trucks from Biltmore Church arrived at the BCS Central Office, loaded with 750 “farm-to-table” produce boxes from Mills River-based Flavor 1st Growers and Packers. BCS Maintenance Department staff transferred the produce to BCS box trucks and drove them to mobile home parks and apartment complexes across the county. Featuring hearty and healthy items like zucchini, green bell peppers, Henderson County apples, and rotisserie chicken, the boxes will help ensure children have access to healthy meals while the school system is closed for Winter Break.

“We’re filling a need and filling some bellies,” said FRC Resource Coordinator Kay Smith. “We are so privileged to have these great community partners that can come together to make it happen.”

BCS Migrant Education Program staff and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers set up at the distribution sites, smiling behind masks as they handed the produce boxes to grateful families.

Biltmore Church Missions Pastor Curt McClure said his church is delivering 2,000 boxes across the region in response to rising food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other recipients include Henderson County Schools, Macon County Schools, and Transylvania County Schools.

“We have a philosophy to reach up, reach in, and reach out,” he said. “We want to tell people ‘Merry Christmas’ and meet a need. This is a way to love on the community.”

    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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