The Ingles and Eblen Charities Food for Thought program works within the local school systems to provide snacks for local children who are not able to bring a snack to school. Operating under the premise that children cannot learn if they are hungry, this partnership serves hundreds of children each year. Thanks to our partners tens of thousands of snacks will be provided to local children at no cost who may not be able to bring snacks to school.
Hoops Against Hunger is a program of Eblen Charities to collect easy to prepare foods to distribute to children while away from school on breaks. One way Hoops Against Hunger does this is to partner with the Ingles SoCon Basketball Championships and local hotels to collect food in a fun and competitive way.
The 3rd annual Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge brought in a record amount of food for kids who may not have enough to eat while away from school on Spring Break.
More than 10,000 snacks and meals, nearly 5000 pounds of food were collected at the hotels and the Ingles SoCon Basketball Tournament.
We would like to thank our partners who make the Hoops Against Hunger Program possible: Ingles, Southern Conference, iHeartMedia Asheville, WLOS, Arby’s, Pepsi, Brumit Restaurant Group, Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, and Buncombe County Schools.
is a time for all of us to reflect on the blessings we have received this past year. During these difficult times, so many here in our community will be facing an empty table on Thanksgiving Day. But thanks to so many wonderful people, companies, and organizations, these families who have struggled so much through these troubled days will be able to enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving with their family and friends.
Fifteen years ago, Eblen Charities had the privilege to work with long-time friend, Brad Daugherty, in creating the Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving program. Six years ago board member, long-time friend and supporter, former Congressman Heath Shuler joined with Ingles Markets, Eblen Charities, Duke Energy and many generous individuals and companies to provide 1,200 families with meals on Thanksgiving day.
“I have so much to be thankful for and the best way I know to show it is to share my blessings with others who may not be as fortunate,” states Heath Shuler. “I have been on the board of Eblen Charities for a number of years and have seen the number of families that we assist each year, so there was no question I wanted to help during these tough times.”
Thanks to Ingles Markets, Heath Shuler, the Heath Shuler Foundation, Duke Energy, iHeartRadio, WLOS-TV, and a great number of the Eblen Charities Board and volunteers, we provided the ‘fixins’ for an entire Thanksgiving meal to 1,200 families this past year. The Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving Meal included: turkey, green beans, dressing mix, instant potatoes, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and brownie mix.
“Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends. “Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving” is a wonderful program that allows friends and families to share a home cooked meal together. Without the program there might not be that opportunity to create those family memories and traditions” – Susan Riddle of Eblen Charities.
To help us provide food at Thanksgiving as well as throughout the year please visit eblencharities.org
to donate or mail donation to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville NC 28806.