Food resources available in Swain County

  • Karen Proctor of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce presents Family Resource Center Director Melissa Barker with a check for $150 for food purchases.
    Karen Proctor of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce presents Family Resource Center Director Melissa Barker with a check for $150 for food purchases.
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Unfortunately, Swain County has traditionally faced the troubling issue of food uncertainty, and the past few weeks have been especially difficult for those families in need. The good news is that there are multiple resources available that you might not be aware of. Following is a list of those resources, as well as local businesses who are offering free meals to students. Please note that in some cases vouchers are required; these can be picked up at Swain County Human Services (DSS) at 828-488-6921.

Weekly Distribution at Local Food Pantries:

• The Family Resource Center: 828-488-7505

Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:30am, 300 Hughes Branch Rd., Bryson City

Please arrive 10 minutes early

• Bryson City Presbyterian Church: 828-488-2480

Tuesday, 6 – 8 p.m., 311 Everett St., Bryson City

Voucher Required

• Grace Baptist Church: 88-736-2472

Wednesday, 5 – 7 p.m.

Voucher Required

• Bryson City Presbyterian Church: 828-488-2480

Friday, 10 a.m. - noon, 311 Everett St., Bryson City

Voucher Required

• Grace House Food Pantry (across from the Whittier Post Office): 828-497-2393

8:30-10:30 a.m., Every Saturday except 5th Saturday, participants can only pick up once a month

Monthly Distribution at Local Food Pantries:

• MANNA Distribution/TFAP/Commodities: 828-488-6717

Usually given out once per month on Thursday

Victory Baptist Church, 1275 Fontana Rd., Bryson City

Paperwork to be filled out on site

• Living Waters Food Pantry: 918-863-4373

Locust Road, Cherokee

Bi-monthly distribution, paperwork to be filled out on site

Grab and go boxes available

• Bryson City Presbyterian Church: 828-488-2480

311 Everett Street, Bryson City

First Wednesday of the month, please call to confirm

Other Resources:

• The Giving Spoon: 828-488-2480

Hot meals served every Monday and Thursday, 4 – 6 p.m.

Bryson City Presbyterian Church, 311 Everett St., Bryson City

• Swain County School System: 828-488-3129 ext 5126 (School Food & Nutrition office)

Breakfast and lunch delivered by school bus to students

• Swain County Senior Center: 828-488-3047

Delivering meals to Swain County Seniors

Local Businesses Offering Free Meal to Swain County Students:

• La Dolce Vita Bakery: free bagel to students. 828-488-5888. 191 Everett Street, Bryson City.

• CJ’s Grille: hot dog or cheeseburger basket. 828-488-9880. 47 Depot St., Bryson City.

• McDonald’s: M-F, Breakfast: 2 pancakes or sausage biscuit (6–10:30 a.m.), Lunch: 1 cheeseburger or 4 piece nuggets (10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.) Student must be present. 828-488-8885. 180 Veterans Blvd., Bryson City.

• Iron Wok: 2 spring rolls. 828-488-9553. 33 Rector St., Bryson City.

The Swain County Farmer’s Market will be opening on Friday, May 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. It is held at the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium/county barn site on Island Street, Bryson City. The Market will continue every Friday through the first Friday of October.

The Family Resource Center has been designated by the county as a food drop off and pick up site for Swain County citizens. You can also make a monetary donation with the funds to be utilized toward the purchase of groceries, produce, grocery store gift cards, and even larger pan dinners or breakfasts from local restaurants. The Family Resource Center is located at 100 Brendle Street, Bryson City. Please call 828-488-7505 for more information or to make an appointment for a drop off or pick up.