Bounty & Soul gets $25,000 grant to boost food access partner programs

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
Bounty & Soul workers and volunteers get together to create drive-through and pop-up markets for community members.

Bounty & Soul, a local nonprofit that addresses food insecurity, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

The grant will go toward Bounty & Soul's food access programs, Produce to the People and Farmers Alliance, which focus on an equity approach by supporting local food systems. 

"Investing in our local food system is a critical step in creating more food security in our region," Ali Casparian, Bounty & Soul's executive director, said in a statement. "It is through the support of community partners like CFWNC that we are able to champion collective solutions to food and nutrition insecurity and invest in our communities."

Produce to the People distributes food through a bi-weekly, drive-through market, food box deliveries and a weekly pop-up market in Hispanic communities. Farmers Alliance includes more than 46 local farmers, growers and businesses that donate or sell Bounty & Soul products to be distributed. 

"We have a long history of working with Bounty & Soul, and we are delighted to be able to award this grant," said Philip Belchor, vice president of programs at CFWNC, in a statement from Bounty & Soul. "Western North Carolina is fortunate to have a group of strong organizations working to improve the food system and Bounty & Soul is a key partner in that collaborative effort."

Bounty & Soul partners with local farms to distribute fresh food to the community through weekly markets.

Based in Black Mountain, Bounty & Soul connects food and education to the community through weekly markets serving multiple counties. The organizations aims to advance equity in the food and health system through community engagement.  

"The last two years has shown us the importance of strengthening and cultivating a resilient, equitable and collaborative food economy where everyone has the opportunity to eat well, be nourished and thrive," Casparian said. 

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.