The Eblen Charities provides a number of programs to low income and working poor families in Buncombe County in partnership with non-profits and churches. The organization will try to provide basic necessities such as clothing, housing, food, and utilities. If you’re in a financial crisis, there may be some financial support available to help with things like rent, utility bills and food.
Food programs from Eblen Charities
Eblen Charities’ mission is to help adults, children, and families who are struggling to access comprehensive nutrition services. The staff from Eblen work hard to help people who are less fortunate and provide them with free food. This organization helps people in the Buncombe community who are struggling with basic needs like food, shelter, and healthcare. Eblen Nutrition provides free groceries, food, and other resources to those in need through partnerships with local churches, Ingles Markets, area credit unions, and schools. The non-profit provides various food programs that are described in more detail below.
The Buncombe County and Asheville City School System work with the Food for Thought charity to provide breakfast and lunch for students. This can offer assistance to all children who cannot afford breakfast and/or lunch during the school day, but are still not eligible for the federal government free or low-price lunch program. Children from families with low incomes are eligible for the program. Schools in the area refer children to Eblen Charities. Each child enrolled gets help. This can include a prepaid lunch card or snack. This means that you can have a meal or snack paid for in advance.
Many families in the area are struggling to financially provide snacks for their children to bring to school. This program provides free snacks to local children. This is done with organizations such as Hearts with Hands, Sunrise Kiwanis Club, North Buncombe Kiwanis Club, Credit Unions of Western North Carolina, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, Ingles Markets Biltmore Farms, and Manna Food Bank.
The Hearts with Hands/Eblen Back-Pack Bunch Program is a service that provides free food for students to take home on weekends and during school vacations. Each participating child or teenager is given a backpack filled with a supply of food that is easy to prepare or eat without cooking. This is in addition to the meals that are provided by the school.
The Eblen Grocery Partnership is a collaboration between a local grocery store chain and a hunger assistance organization. This partnership provides access to fresh, healthy food for people in need while also supporting the local economy. This is another food assistance program. It has given out a lot of food, things that can go bad quickly, groceries, and more to families who are having a hard time getting food and who have health problems.
This program helps people who are applying or have already applied for food stamps. This will help them during times when they are waiting for their food stamps cards to arrive. The main concern is for families who may not have enough food to eat. DSS is working with Eblen Charities, Hearts with Hands, Ingles Markets, and others to provide assistance to people in western North Carolina who are struggling with hunger.
The price of gas is going up. Each week, participating Meals on Wheels volunteers can receive a gas voucher worth $25 to help offset the cost of their deliveries. The goal is to ensure that the meal delivery to homebound seniors or disabled who depend on the program continues without interruption.
Rent, medical care, and other financial assistance
Eblen Medical is here to help with soaring healthcare costs. The organization will help pay for needed medical supplies, prescription medications, physician visits, and eye glasses for children, adults, and families living in the greater Buncombe County.
Emergency rental and housing assistance is available for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This assistance can help you pay for rent, utilities, and other housing-related expenses. This program provides assistance with housing and financial issues for a short or intermediate period of time. It is funded by the federal government. If you’re struggling to pay rent, there may be help available to you. This could include money for a security deposit, in addition to your regular rent payments. This program is for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The TBRA Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program provides another form of financial help for security deposits or rent. This is for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. In some cases, a loan will be given for the cost of housing.
The Asheville City School System is using a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help families with children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to get appropriate housing and stay in it. The regional program provides up to three months of housing services. This could include financial assistance, talking to your landlord, and creating a budget. It may also include help finding an affordable apartment in Asheville.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program helps families with low incomes who need help paying for utility bills, food, rent, or mortgage payments. The Buncombe County Department of Social Services is another option. The two government-affiliated agencies have partnered to supply federal funds and grants to assist families by paying for one month’s rent or energy bills, depending on the availability of funding. Buncombe County residents who need help with rent, mortgage payments, or utility bills can get assistance from EFS.
The Work First Program and the new incarnation of the Emergency Assistance Program are working together to help families who are in a short-term financial crisis because of unusual circumstances. The Buncombe County/Eblen Charities Emergency Assistance Partnership is available to help families with children and at least one employed parent. This Partnership provides financial assistance for families in need of help with utility bills, rent, mortgage, food, and other necessities. There might be money available to help with utility deposits, rent, water bills, electricity, and/or gas.
The Eblen Energy Project helps families who need assistance with disabilities, health problems and illnesses. The program provides free heating oil and natural gas to the community by delivering hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel. It can also assist with electric and gas bills.
The utility bill assistance program provides new space heaters, fans, and window air conditioners to community members in need so that they don’t suffer during the winter or summer. The Energy Project has community partners that help with things such as social services, electric membership, and gas companies.
CIP provides help to electric and gas customers who are within five days of being disconnected. If you earn less than a certain amount of money per year, you can use government funds to pay for your electricity, natural gas, oil, wood, or propane. This also includes deposits and old bills that are less than a year late.
The client must be very close to running out of heating oil before they can receive assistance. You will need to bring the following items in order to apply for help from the charity: your disconnect bill, social security cards for everyone in your household, photo identification, and proof of income.
The Helping Each Member Cope Program helps Haywood Electric Membership Corporation customers with the cost of lights and/or oil. This program is administered by Eblen Charities. Other options for families in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
The Eblen Dental division provides dental care for children and low income or uninsured adults who need dental care, as part of the Eblen Charities Medical Division. The Eblen Dental program has partnered with the Mission Hospital System, Buncombe County Dental Society, the Buncombe County Health Department, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and local Dental Assistants and Hygienists to serve thousands of western North Carolina children and adults.
Another service that is available is the Children’s Dental Assistance Program. This program helps children in need of dental care. This focuses on providing support for young people from low-income families. The Children’s Dental Sealant Program provides sealants to children at no charge. The Children’s Outreach Program helps local children get the oral surgery and other dental care they need by working with Mission Hospital and Asheville Anesthesia.
Eblen Charities offers clothing and basic needs to people in need. The If the Shoe Fits program focuses on a specific area of need. This program helps low-income families buy shoes for their children to wear to school. The program has been successful in helping hundreds of local students in Asheville and other towns each year by having a single focus.
The Student Clothing Project provides clothing to low-income students in Buncombe County and Asheville City so that they can have the same level of dignity and choice as their classmates. This means that you won’t have to wear clothing that someone else has already worn.
The Regent Park Early Childhood Development Center and Eblen Charities work together to provide opportunities for young children with disabilities or special needs. It can provide them with the educational and developmental services they need to prepare for school.
Phone number to apply to help from Eblen Charities
For more information, or referrals to other agencies or churches, please contact Eblen Charities at 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806. This is the number for the church.