As the school year continues, 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. 

Each year more than 100,000 snacks are delivered to area schools in six counties to make sure that no child will be without a daily snack while their classmates were able to bring theirs from home. 

The Ingles  / Eblen Food for Thought program 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 six counties have joined the program in partnership with Ingles Markets, Arby’s, the Brumit Restaurant Group, Pepsi, and other partners. 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 July, the Ingles Fourth  Annual Headlock on Hunger Food Drive in partnership with iHeart Radio, WLOS-TV and the Asheville Citizen-Times collected more than 25,000 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 [email protected]

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