The Crisis Ministry serves more than 17,000 hot meals a year to members of our community.

Ministering to families in crisis

Many of our neighbors live paycheck to paycheck, making difficult choices on a daily basis between rent, utilities, food, health care, day care and so much more.

An unexpected expense can throw these families into financial crises. When that happens, people turn to the ABCCM Crisis Ministry for help. This ministry serves the low-income citizens of Buncombe County who are facing financial emergencies and are struggling to meet life's basic needs.

Each day we see people who are working in one or more low-wage jobs, the disabled or elderly who are living on fixed incomes, and those facing increasing costs of living, stagnant wages and a lack of affordable housing. We provide them with food boxes, gently used clothing, utility and rental assistance; and a hot meal in our soup kitchen. With your support we will help ensure our families can provide a home for their children.

Opportunities to serve

Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry
Sort and organize food on shelves
Prepare "nutritional" food bags for families according to the guidelines
Assist with keeping things clean and orderly
Help prepare soup and sandwiches to feed hungry people (only at the 24 Cumberland Crisis Ministry)
Help carry in donations

Clothing Room
Assist clients in finding needed clothing
Organize the clothing on hangers and shelves
Help identify clothing items needed for restocking
Sort usable off-season and out-of-style clothing from usable items

Interview clients to assess their needs and determine possible solutions to their crisis
Act as a referral source and work with other community agencies to provide services to clients
Update client information

Food Needs
Canned beans
Canned chicken
Canned fish (Tuna & salmon)
Canned fruits
Canned meats (spam, ham)
Canned soups
Canned vegetables
Cooking oil
Fresh & canned seasonal fruits
Hot & cold cereal
Past & pasta sauce
Saltine crackers
Self-rising flour

Contact One of our Crisis Locations
Mary Messarra, Director

Cumberland Crisis Center
24 Cumberland Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 259-5300 (P) | (828) 259-5307 (F)
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

South Crisis Center
10 Buck Shoals Rd
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 259-5302 (P) | (828) 684-9825 (F)
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Hominy Valley Crisis Center
1914 Smoky Park Hwy
Candler, NC 28715
(828) 259-5301 (P) | (828) 670-1220 (F)
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

North Samaritan Crisis Center
403 Weaverville Hwy
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 259-5303 (P) | (828) 259-5313 (F)
Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm