Ten local musicians are performing at the Grey Eagle in a talent competition called Hidden Voices, organized by the nonprofit Asheville Poverty Initiative. Their common thread: All live below the federal poverty line, which is about $30,000 a year.

Hunger Rises This Holiday Season In WNC

Nov 22, 2016
Matt Bush WCQS

As Thanksgiving dinners start to come together all across western North Carolina, the region’s largest food bank is asking residents to help those who won’t have enough to eat.  Hunger is on the rise this holiday season according to Manna Food Bank.


Changes to food stamp benefits could affect as many as 110,000 people in North Carolina.  The Associated Press reports the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP – will require able-bodied adults to work, volunteer, or train at least 80 hours a month to keep receiving benefits.  Otherwise those people would lose benefits after three months.  North Carolina is among 21 states whose recession-era waiver of that rule is expiring.  It expired last month in 23 counties, including Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson in western North Carolina.  The rest of the counties will see t