• Emergency Relief Resources for Local Families

  • Crisis Assistance

    Applying for Unemployment

    North Carolina Department of Commerce: Division Employment Security at 888-737-0259. Link for Unemployment Application: https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment 

    Legal Aid

    If being threatened with eviction because you are unable to pay rent, there is a legal aid of NC hotline: 1-866-219-526

    United Way

    United Way has a Covid-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. They can help with rent, food, and bills and give resources for local resources providing aid. 1-866-211-9966

    Western Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) 

    WeCan is a project of Hospitality House and may be able to help you with emergency needs such as evictions, heating and utility costs. Their website says that during the covid 19 pandemic, “our homeless prevention and crisis assistance program – is still operational but has suspended walk-in hours. All assistance has shifted to email and phone. We are here to assist with heating, utilities and eviction notices by emailing wecan@hosphouse.org or leaving a phone message at (828) 264-1237 ext.2″

  • Who Needs a Change? of the High Country (Diaper Bank)

    This diaper bank is a project of the Children’s Council of Watauga County but as March 30 has been temporarily moved to the Health and Hunger Coalition for ease of access.  We will have diapers, wipes and infant formula for Watauga County residents.  These items will be available for pick-up on M-F from 10:00-3:00.  

    Oasis (Opposing Abuse with Services, Information, and Shelter)

    The Oasis website states, “OASIS, Inc. remains available to provide services, information, and shelter during this time of uncertainty and fear. While our offices are closed to the public, we are still available for face to face meetings and other services. Call us at (828) 264-1532 for questions. If you are in a crisis situation, please call the following numbers: Watauga: (828) 262-5025, Avery: (828) 504-0911, Spanish: (828) 504-0800.”

  • Emergency Food Resources (updated as of 9/10/2020)

    School Take and Go Meals 

    Click here for Watauga County Schools website for the most up-to-date information of school-based food distribution.

    Watauga County Schools will offer curbside meal pickup from Noon to 1:00 p.m. each day. Breakfast and lunch will be served simultaneously at the curbside sites. Meals are for children 1 – 18 years of age who reside in Watauga County. If you have questions, please call the school closest to your residence.

    School point of contact people:
    Bethel – Megan Langdon, langdonm@wataugaschools.org
    Blowing Rock – Heather Holbrook, holbrookh@wataugaschools.org
    Cove Creek – Mary Smalling, smallingmc@wataugaschools.org
    Green Valley – Heather Holbrook, holbrookh@wataugaschools.org
    Hardin Park – Denise Presnell, presnelld@wataugaschools.org
    Mabel – Megan Langdon, langdonm@wataugaschools.org
    Parkway – Megan Langdon, langdonm@wataugaschools.org
    Valle Crucis – Bonnie Smith, smithb@wataugaschools.org
    WHS – Jennifer Wandler, wandlerj@wataugaschools.org


  • Formal Food Agencies/Resources 

    Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 NC Hwy. 105 Bypass Boone

    • Food pantry. Mondays 3-5 pm. NC residents only.
    • One box per month per family/household. 


    Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S., Rumple Memorial, 1218 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC

    • Food Pantry. Mondays 9 am – 12 noon.


    Boone United Methodist Church

    • To-go meals. Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm.


    Casting Bread (Faithbridge, 194 Aho Rd., Blowing Rock, NC 28605)

    • Food Pantry. Wednesday & Thursdays, 10:30 am – 3 pm. Drive-thru. Families can get food boxes twice a month.


    Greenway Baptist Church, 880 Greenway Rd., Boone NC

    • Food boxes. Open Thursday 10 am – 2:30 pm.


    Health and Hunger Coalition

    • Monday thru Friday ***New hours 10 am – 3  pm. Curb-side service.
    • Fresh produce and other perishables and to go meals once a week. Families can get food boxes twice a month.
    • HHC will have diapers, free baby formula, and baby wipes for Watauga County residents only. You will need to fill out a form if it is your first visit. 


    Hospitality House

    • Meals served three times a day (6:30-8:30 am, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 5:30-6:30 pm).
    • Food pantry is open 7 days a week (***New hours 11 am – 4 pm).
    • May pick up twice a month


    Western Watauga Food Outreach 

    • Our regular Thursdays 4-6 pm food bag distribution is moving from Community Center to Henson’s Chapel UMC located at 120 Henson Hollar Rd, Vilas, NC 28692.  
  • Additional Pick-Up Locations 
    ***These are first come, first serve with limited supplies. Changes may happen without notice due to availability and other government restrictions.***

    Name of Site


    Times and Days of service 

    Boone UMC

    471 New Market Blvd, Boone 

    Hot meals to go Thursdays, 5-6:30 pm. 9/8/2020: Currently food boxes are not being provided.

    Cornerstone Summit Church

    1100 East King Street, Boone 

    Food boxes. Thursdays, 1-5 pm

    First Presbyterian Church

    131 Big Valley St, Boone

    Food boxes. Fridays, 11-12:30

    Mount Vernon Baptist Church

    3505 Bamboo Rd, Boone

    Food boxes available. Call 828-266-9700 for details.


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