2017 Holiday Planning is underway. Angel Tree gift selection starts November 6th.

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach

serving needs with love and compassion

Serving families extending into four counties (serving some but not all of Rutherford, Polk, Buncombe and Henderson counties), our mission is to help eliminate hunger and provide emergency services with love and compassion to those in need. All programs and activities are solely supported by our volunteers and generous donors.

2016 Statistics

weekend backpacks received during school year

families served each month

families received financial assistance

residents served each month

families fed for Thanksgiving

families fed for Christmas

children received Christmas gifts

Ways to Help

Adopt a Food for Kids recipient, fill a holiday H.O.P.E. bag, select a recipient from The Angel Tree, help fill our pantry or provide a monetary donation.

Volunteers are the backbone of our Outreach. Help staff the Food Pantry or the Food for Kids Program to make a real difference in our community.

Upcoming Events


  • November 3, 2017: Final day for H.O.P.E. bags to be returned to Outreach office
  • November 6, 2017: Angel Tree Gifts – Select your Angels
  • November 20, 2017: Distribution of Thanksgiving Meals


  • December 1, 2017: Final day for Angel Tree gifts/donations to be dropped off at Outreach
  • December 11-18, 2017: Distribution of Christmas gift cards, meals & Angel Tree Gifts
  • December 19, 2017 – January 4, 2018: Outreach Office Closed

Special thanks to all those individuals and organizations who provide food, financial support and time to help improve the lives of those less fortunate in our community