As area schools began last month , the staff and volunteers of Eblen Charities have been working tirelessly to make sure students in our community who may not be able to afford to bring snacks to school would not be left hungry during the day.
Beginning this week nearly 40,000 snacks will be delivered to area schools.
Last year alone, the Food for Thought program provided more than 90,000 snacks to area students to make sure that no child would be without a daily snack while their classmates were able to bring theirs from home.
The Ingles / Eblen Food for Thought began with one little boy in one classroom at Woodfin Elementary School, when kindergarten teacher Vickie Hensley called to seek help for one of her students. This particular little boy looked on as his classmates ate at snack time while he would have gone without, except for the kindness of his teacher who brought something from home each day for him.
Now, thanks to this small beginning, hundreds of classrooms across five counties have joined the program in partnership with Ingles Markets, Arby’s, the Brumit Restaurant Group, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, and area credit unions. The Food for Thought Snack Program provides food for children who cannot afford to bring snacks to school each day. Operating under the premise that children cannot learn if they are hungry, this partnership serves tens of thousands of children each year at no cost, ensuring that they will not have to face the day hungry.
Last June, the Ingles Second Annual Headlock on Hunger Food Drive in partnership with iHeart Radio, WLOS-TV and the Asheville Citizen-Times collected more than 3,000 pounds of food and delivered to local schools to help ensure that no student would have to face hunger while at home. This past summer more than 30,000 meals were distributed through Ingles Markets, Headlock on Hunger, and the Arby’s / Eblen JoyFull Home for the Holidays.
If you would like to join us in providing snacks to area students who may otherwise go hungry throughout the day or for more information on the Ingles Food for Thought , please contact Susan Riddle at Eblen Charities at 828-255-3066 ext -21 or via email at [email protected]

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