Get ready for an evening of fun, 1920’s-30’s style, when you join us for our French Broad Speakeasy and Wacky Revue! This new spring fundraiser will be held at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center in Montford and will include music, dancing, games of chance, performances by Cantaria and by theater students from WCU, and a live auction. The grand finale will be a Wacky Revue of business leaders dressed in their wackiest costumes! Vote with your dollars for the winner! Feel free to dress in the style of the Speakeasy era - or not. Look for more information on our website and Facebook page and get your tickets early!
NOTE: This event does not take the place of the Affair in White. It is moving to August.
MEET OUR NEW EMPLOYEE!
LFR reached another milestone this year by hiring our second employee, Ellen Anastos, as Assistant to the Executive Director. Many of you already know Ellen through her six plus years of volunteer service with LFR. As a volunteer, Ellen was responsible for the organization of the office and administrative functions, volunteer recruitment, training and support, served on the Board as secretary and acting President, and assisted with grant writing. We were ecstatic when she returned from Key West and applied for the posted position.
Ellen is currently employed for ten hours a week, but we hope to be able to offer her more hours in the future. Her most recent employment before coming to us as a volunteer was as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President/Instructional Affairs at Florida Keys Community College. Ellen is very skilled in office administration and management, highly organized, and a true joy to work alongside. WELCOME BACK ELLEN!
Duane Gentry – 1st to sign up for our "Wacky Revue" April 29. Duane will serve as our "poster child" to get other business leaders to sign on.
Duane Gentry is the owner and “team leader” for Gentry Heating and Cooling. A third generation owner and native of Asheville, he brings many years of experience to the company. After college, Duane spent 10 years working for larger corporations. In 1997 he returned home torun the family’s business.
Duane enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years and their two children. He sings in the choir at his church and serves on a number of boards and volunteer organizations within our community. His passions include mountain biking, swimming, and running.
2016 Annual Campaign
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with our 2016 Annual Campaign: Ellen Anastos, Dakota Bentley, Beth Erb, Stephanie Leon, Joan Motsett, Chuck Smither and Vicki Willard. It was a major undertaking since we care enough to hand address each letter. The total monies collected thus far are $12,488, making this our second largest fundraiser of the year.
Of course it would not have been a success without the response of our wonderful donors who believe in the mission of LFR and who answered the call to support us through your monetary donations. THANK YOU!
Warren Wilson College
We were very pleased to have Warren Wilson student Liz Normile volunteer with us on behalf of the newly formed Community Writing Studio at Warren Wilson. Liz interviewed Chris Winebrenner at WNCAP for the following article and also wrote a very nice letter to sum up her time with us. We are so grateful for the partnership we have with Warren Wilson College and thankful for the time and talent Liz shared with us!
Have you Heard
Have you heard of the Heard Family from Heard County Georgia? LFR was fortunate to have a wonderful group of ladies from Heard Georgia volunteer to operate the pantry on a client shopping day in January. The group is from Heard County, Georgia and originated long ago when a member of the Heard family began to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations.
Traditionally they give their time during the Martin Luther King Jr weekend and after contacting us they helped run the pantry that weekend on a client shopping day. They helped out with the integral operation of the day assisting clients with product choice in the aisles, selecting produce and protein, and cleaning up the pantry at the end of the day.
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*|IF:ARCHIVE_PAGE|*The volunteers told us LFR was one of the most organized pantries they have worked with and remarked that they were going to take suggestions back to a local food pantry about well LFR operated and how very organized the infrastructure of the operation was. Remarks were also heard about how friendly and open clients were to them and how they had been told many times that their volunteer time was appreciated.
Time spent at LFR inspired two of the women to seek out volunteer opportunities in their local area. And what a day it was! The Heard ladies served 57 walk-in clients and pushed 2,650 lbs of food out the door on Saturday. That was part of 98 boxes of food sent out for Hospice and WNCAP clients and the total weight of food & personal care products for the week was 4,114 pounds.
We extend our sincere gratitude to this group of women who shared their time and experiences of the day with us. The most memorable words we heard from the ladies was “LFR has earned the name “LovingFood Resources.”
February 19, 3:30-7:30 PM: Charity Partnership with Blue Ridge Roller Girls, US Cellular Center
March 5, 11:00 AM: Minute for Mission, Skyland UMC
March 6, 1:00-3:00 PM: Rainbow Week of Care Service Fair, YWCA of Asheville
March 26, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: UUCA Community Plate Donation
March 30, 7:30-8:30 AM: Presentation at Arden Rotary Club Meeting
April 29, 7:00-10:00 PM: French Broad Speakeasy & Wacky Revue Fundraiser, MHCC
LFR Outreach Expansion
LFR and WNCAP continue their partnership into the New Year with joined hopes of operative expansion. According to Chris Winebrenner, WNCAP Community Resource Coordinator, since 2008, the organization has been delivering LFR nutritional and personal care boxes to clients who are unable to access the pantry. “This effort is called LFR Outreach,” Winebrenner said. “In 2013, WNCAP began receiving grant funds from the Crape Myrtle Festival to continue funding of our food box delivery. These funds help pay for driver stipend (when needed), gas, vehicle upkeep, etc.”
According to the 2012 report from the Western North Carolina Vitality Index, 1.8 million North Carolina residents are experiencing food insecurity. The statistic does not exclude Western North Carolinians living with AIDS/HIV, and is impeding on the medical soundness of its residents. “Food access and diet quality,” Winebrenner said, “are associated with improved quality of life and health outcomes among people living with HIV/AIDS.”
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WNCAP and LFR are responding to the needs of their clients and taking action against state statistics. “Our partnership has resulted in more food insecure people living with HIV/AIDS having increased access to nutritious food and personal care items on a regular basis,” said Winebrenner. “Currently, over 80 WNCAP clients living with HIV/AIDS are receiving at least one food box per month as a result of the collaborative LFR Outreach project,” he added.
LFR and WNCAP aim to expand their outreach services. Winebrenner envisions the expansion to include regional drops sites for clients in outlying counties. The expansion would then remove the client’s need to drive to Asheville in order to access LFR boxes. “The expansion of LFR’s services could provide easier and increased access to nutritious food and personal care items to clients living outside the Asheville/Greater Buncombe County region,” he said.
Additional services are not without additional costs. An increase in transportation services can increase the costs relating to gas, vehicle upkeep, and the as-needed driver stipends. While the organizations are seeking out possible solutions to mitigate costs, there is still a need for community support. Chris Winebrenner explained that financial donations, as well as service, would facilitate the realization of the expansion. Volunteer opportunities include serving as a WNCAP food transporter, volunteering at the LFR pantry, and volunteering for the committee and board. - Elizabeth Normile *|END:IF|*