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 adversely affected by the pandemic. All donations received will go to the Buncombe County Resource Center at Enka Middle School.
To make a monetary donation, text HOOPS to 345345
Participating hotels include: Cambria Hotel, Crown Plaza, Double Tree Biltmore, Hilton Biltmore Park, Hyatt Place Downtown, Renaissance and Fairfield Marriott Weaverville
The 2020, 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, Asheville-Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and Explore Asheville.
Thanksgiving 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, Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Realtors, iHeartRadio, Duke Energy and a great number of the Eblen Charities Board and volunteers, we will be providing the ‘fixins’ for an entire Thanksgiving meal for 850 families. The Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving Meal will include: 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.
If you would like to help provide a meal to a family this Thanksgiving, please donate $25, two meals $50, three meals $75, four meals $100, etc.
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.
Please only sign up for one spot per family. If you have any questions, please email Julie Johnson at [email protected]