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Help Us Give BIG Support: Big Ivy Community Center Pantry Supply Drive

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

This summer, in support of the Big Ivy Community Center (BICC), Peterson Insurance Group is collecting pantry items for our neighbors in North Buncombe County to help stock their shelves. Supporting our community is vital to us at Peterson Insurance and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to help in any way we can.

How can you help? Happening: July 10 - October 1st

You are invited to drop items off at our office anytime during our office hours, Monday - Friday 9-5 pm, from July 10 - October 1st. It is our honor to help supply this much-needed food pantry.

Our address:

1 South Main Street Extension

Weaverville, NC 28787

Who is BICC?

Big Ivy Community Center operated by Big Ivy Community Development Club (BICDC) facilitates a weekly food pantry serving about 100 families each week. Here are needed BICC pantry items with background info too. As a longtime MANNA Food Bank partner, Big Ivy Creek focuses on healing, supporting, and strengthening this North Buncombe County community as a whole, through love and compassion.

Drop off at Peterson Insurance Office in Weaverville / Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

WHEN? July 10 - October 1st - Peterson Insurance will allow anyone to drop off pantry items from the lists below.

Peterson Insurance Group

1 South Main Street Extension

Weaverville, NC 28787

Food Pantry items in most need:

  • Canned meat

  • Canned tuna

  • Canned chicken

  • Canned beans

  • Canned fruits and vegetables

  • Dried fruits and vegetables

  • Bread

  • Tortillas

  • Pasta, spaghetti, and angel hair

  • Shortening

  • Cooking oil, olive oil, canola, and corn oils are especially appreciated!

Personal Hygiene in most need:

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and dental floss

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Dishwashing detergent

  • Laundry detergent

  • Diapers especially sizes 4, 5 and 6, and wipes

  • Undergarments, socks, and bras

Holiday baking and cooking items Herbs & Spices:

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic powder

  • Basil

  • Oregano

  • Cinnamon

  • Italian seasoning

  • Ranch seasoning

Monetary food pantry donations help us transport, store and distribute these items.

Please mail a check to:

PO Box 424

Barnardsville, NC 28709

BICC is fortunate to have Barnardsville’s Ivy Creek Family Farm as a partner providing low-cost organic produce at below wholesale prices.


BICC Upcoming events & ways to donate items:

  • JULY 13 - WNC COMMUNITY HEALTH MOBILE MEDICAL and Parks & Recreation play date!


  • JULY 15, AUGUST 9, SEPTEMBER 16 - BICC Breakfast and Market Days

  • SEPTEMBER 23 - Square Dancing!

BIG IVY POOL is Now Open!

Pool Schedule:

Monday - Saturday 12 noon - 6 pm and Sundays 1-5 pm

Pool Costs:

  • $75 for a season pass - come as much as you want!

  • $125 season pass for a family of four - $25 for each additional family member

  • $3 per person per day

BICC takes DONATION items on:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Wednesdays 9 am - 6 pm and other times by appointment.

Need or can help with transport, loading, or unloading? Large load? Call us for info.

Big Ivy Community Center, a 501c3 non-profit

540 Dillingham Rd. PO Box 424

Barnardsville, NC 28709


Big Ivy Creek History:

BICDC has a 50-year history of helping neighbors with food with 38 years as a MANNA partner since MANNA began distributing food. In 1974 Hoyt Dilliingham, family and friends founded BICDC as a place and means to do good. The 1st fundraiser was a Ramp Dinner, featuring a yummy, native wild leek. BICC clients, volunteers, and visitor base still come from the surrounding community of mostly Southern Highlanders who live within a 15-30 minute drive of “camp”. A fitting name for a property that hosted 1930’s-1940’s CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) and 1940’s-1960’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) camps. These camps met on the site where the Big Ivy River leaves the towering mountains of Pisgah National Forest. As a gateway to the 17,000 acre NFS section, recently designated as a NFS State Scenic Forest and being proposed as NC’s 1st National Scenic Area, BICC also serves many tourists. Barnardsville settled in the early 1800s, the area is a longtime gathering place.

BICC, operated by the Big Ivy Community Development Club, is a 501c3 with Fed ID# 56-1890924. BICC’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all ages by providing an environmentally sound facility for education, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services to increase opportunities for personal and community growth.

BICC is operated by an elected board of directors, currently a mix of generational community residents and newcomers. BICC’s Core Values are to be an equal opportunity, family-friendly resource for Big Ivy.

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