Bounty & Soul receives $30,000 impact grant

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Bounty & Soul, a community-based nonprofit in Black Mountain, received a $30,000 impact grant on Dec. 2.

Bounty & Soul, a community-based nonprofit in Black Mountain, announced on Dec. 2. the organization was awarded a $30,000 impact grant by WNC Bridge Foundation.

“We are deeply grateful to WNC Bridge Foundation for their investment in our programs and in our community," said Ali Casparian, the Bounty & Soul executive director. 

According to the nonprofit, the grant will be used to enhance and strengthen Bounty & Soul's three main programs: Produce to the People, Farmers Alliance and Rooted in Health. 

Part of Bounty & Soul's mission is to address food insecurity through a social justice lens by collaborating with local farmers, organizations, healthcare providers and the community as a whole. 

The organization reported that each week, more than 1,800 individuals utilize Bounty & Soul's services. Since the start of the pandemic, the nonprofit has experienced "more than double the participation." 

The funds from the impact grant will allow Bounty & Soul to continue to help those facing food insecurity and provide consistent access to healthy food and wellness programming, all while supporting local farms. 

Bounty & Soul, a community-based nonprofit in Black Mountain, received a $30,000 impact grant on Dec. 2.

According to a statement from Bounty & Soul, WNC Bridge Foundation aims to provide funds to help meet health challenges facing communities throughout western North Carolina and work with nonprofits to support these communities. 

“It is so important that we continue to collectively seek solutions to food insecurity and health disparities while investing in our local food system," Casparian said. "We would not be able to provide our much-needed and requested services without the support and generosity of committed community partners like WNC Bridge Foundation."