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.
Thanks to Ingles Markets, Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks & Associates, iHeartRadio,  Pratt & Whitney, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo Advisors and a great number of the Eblen Charities Board and volunteers, we were able to provide the ‘fixins’ for an entire Thanksgiving meal for 800 families. The Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving Meal included: turkey, green beans, dressing mix, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, and brownie mix.  


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 Southern Conference has been known for decades for their high academic standards, tremendous faculty, staff, and their nationally recognized athletic teams. But SOCON is known for so much more as they bring their highly contested conference basketball championships to Asheville each March.

Not only to bring excitement and a top level of competition of the men’s and women’s basketball title to the Harrah’s Cherokee Center but they also show what true champions they are.

Each year, Southern Conference Basketball joins Eblen Charities, Ingles Markets, and area host hotels in collecting food for the Hoops Against Hunger program. This year, seven hotels will be collecting food for families in our area. All donations received will go to the Buncombe County Resource Center at Enka Middle School.  Congratulations to Hilton Garden Inn, First Place and Doubletree Biltmore, Second Place! And congratulations to the Wofford Cheer Squad for winning the Hoops Against Hunger Relay.

Participating hotels include: Cambria Hotel, Crown Plaza, Double Tree Biltmore, Hilton Biltmore Park, Hyatt Place Downtown, Renaissance and Fairfield Marriott Weaverville

We would like to thank our partners who make the Hoops Against Hunger Program possible: Ingles, Southern Conference, iHeartMedia Asheville, WLOS, Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and Explore Asheville.