Bounty & Soul receives donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

Special to Black Mountain News
Bounty & Soul executive director Bruce Ganger.

Bounty & Soul has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. Bounty & Soul will use the gift to purchase healthy foods for distribution at their free, weekly wellness markets.

The gift will also support wellness lessons conducted at the markets.

“We are thrilled to have Food Lion support our effort to improve access to healthy food and nutrition education in the Asheville area," said Bruce Ganger, the executive director of Bounty & Soul. "At each of our markets we provide healthy food and evidence-based wellness lessons all provided to the public at no cost.

"We see so many families that are working but still struggling to put healthy meals on the table due to the high cost of healthy foods," Ganger continued. "Everyone should have access to fresh produce and everyone should have the opportunity to learn how their diet affects their health. That’s our mission, and we could not do it without the support of organizations like Food Lion."

Bounty & Soul co-creates healthy communities through a cooperative model that provides access to whole foods, nutrition literacy, and wellness resources. The organization currently reaches 700 people each week through five weekly markets.

Each market includes a healthy food distribution, wellness lesson, nutrition education and healthy cooking demonstration. Everything is translated into Spanish language and some classes are taught in Spanish. A wide variety of nutrition experts from the community lead health and wellness lessons.

A children’s cooking class is held concurrently to engage them in nutrition education. It is all delivered in an open, inclusive environment so community is formed among the volunteers, staff and participants. Families and individuals come to the markets again and again to engage and support one another on their journey to improved health.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its formation in 2001, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants.