NEWLAND, N.C. — Multiple agencies and volunteers came together in Avery County to host a community market. They set up tables and filled boxes for hours distributing more than 200 boxes of food.

Each family was given one box filled with items like produce, beverages, baking goods, snacks, and much more. Families were not asked where they live as they said it did not matter, all that mattered was they were able to give out as much as possible.

"It's what we can do; panic doesn't help. That doesn't help anything at all. We have some food supply, and we are trying our best to make sure people who need it most are getting it," Feeding Avery Families Executive Director Dick Larson said.

Larson says they are hoping to hold another community market soon.

The Avery County sheriff has also informed residents that if they feel unsafe leaving their home and are in need of groceries, food from a restaurant, or prescriptions, they can contact the department and a deputy will pick it up for them.