Summertime Child Sponsorships


Dear Friends,

It will come as no surprise to any of you reading this when I tell you we are so lucky to live where we do. Known far and wide for both its natural beauty and the friendly folks who live here, our area has received accolade after accolade in recent years. After being named as one of the “Best Summer Weekend Escapes” and one of the “Best Places to Rent a Summer Home”, it seems that nothing could be better than spending all or part of the summer in our area. But for many of our residents, summer is NOT the “best” time of year. Why, you may ask? Because NC is also recognized in another, not-so-positive way: our state ranks 11th in the nation in childhood food insecurity. The USDA defines food insecurity as not having consistent access to adequate food.

Right here, where we live, one in four of our children (24%) live in poverty. Half (53%) of the children attending Buncombe County Schools are eligible for free or reduced lunch during the school year. During the summer, even the safety net of school breakfasts and school lunches is stripped away, leaving one of the most vulnerable segments of our society – our children – without enough to eat. Last year at Food for Fairview, we served nearly 300 children throughout the year – a third of the total number of people served.

Each summer at Food for Fairview we create a “kid-friendly” section at the pantry, stocked with soups, pasta, peanut butter, snacks and other items designed specifically to meet the needs of our families during the summer months. In addition, at the end of the summer, we purchase school supplies for each child we serve to get them off to a good start for the coming school year.

We invite you to join us in this important endeavor. For only $12.00, you can provide a week’s worth of summer meals to a child or purchase much-needed items on a child’s school supply list. We also welcome the donation of kid-appropriate food items and school supplies. We know we can count on our wonderful community to make this summer the best one yet for our area’s children.


Cassia Imholz, Executive Director

Sponsor A Child Today

Please select your donation level. Make checks payable to: Food for Fairview
You can also donate online via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

_____ Sponsor 1 child for 1 month: $48
_____ Sponsor 1 child for the entire summer: $144
_____ Sponsor 5 children for 1 month: $240
_____ Sponsor 5 children for the entire summer: $720
_____ Sponsor 10 children for the entire summer: $1,440
_____ Other amount: __________

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Our Webmaster, Anthony Stokes

We always have so much to be grateful for here at Food for Fairview. This month, we wanted to give a shout out to one of our most valued but unsung contributors, a man we are truly grateful for, our web master, Anthony Stokes.

Anthony has worked web development and graphic arts for about 15 years. In addition to creating websites, he is also experienced in SEO, social media, advertising, and marketing. He has clients from LA to NYC and everywhere in between. He is entirely self-taught, utilizing seminars, online courses, and books to teach himself the needed skills.

He interest in web development began years before he began creating websites for a living. An artist by training (studying at both the Atlanta College of Art and UNCA), Anthony began creating websites to feature and sell both his artwork and that of other family members. While plying his artwork on the side, he was employed as a chef after the completion of an American Culinary Federation apprenticeship. He worked at the famed Grove Park Inn for about 10 years, where he put his award winning artistic skills to use creating ice and tallow sculptures and was the resort’s Chef Gardemanger.

Anthony & his Grand Daughters

Anthony & his Grand Daughters

As time went on, and his parents got older and the grandchildren started coming along, Anthony felt the need to have a work schedule that allowed for more flexibility so he could be available for his family. It was then that he got into web development full-time. Although he has a wide variety of clients, he has a special passion for nonprofits. Among his local nonprofit clients he also developed the web sites for and works with The Lord’s Acre and Asheville New Friends, a group for newcomers to the area.

If you’ve never seen our awesome website that he’s created for us – check it out! We’ve added lots of new features over the past few years. Here are a few highlights:

All our articles that have appeared in The Town Crier are archived on our site. Included are extra photos that can’t be published in the paper due to space constraints. We also have relevant articles and information from other publications. Social sharing is also available, so you can share any article with your friends or family on social media.

Donations can be made securely and safely on our site via PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to use this feature!

By the time this article is published, we will have our volunteer and client applications available online. Print and complete in the privacy of your own home and simply bring them in with you.

All this and more made possible thanks to Food for Fairview’s good friend, Anthony Stokes!


Courtesy of The Fairview Town Crier

Thanks, Neighbor! A Harvest of Kindness From Food Lion

Food for Fairview has been the grateful recipient of a bountiful harvest of blessings from our across the street neighbor, Food Lion, for many years and in many different ways, ranging from corporate grants to food donations. This past holiday season, however, found us with particular reason to be thankful for our neighbors.

Food Lion recently revamped – and renamed – their community involvement program, calling it Food Lion Feeds. The name change reflects the company’s commitment to making the elimination of hunger in the communities they serve a priority. According to company community relations spokesperson Courtney James, “At Food Lion we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. That’s why Food Lion Feeds is so important. Together with our customers, associates, and partners, we believe we can create a better tomorrow by uniting to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry.”

This past holiday season, Food Lion partnered with customers from November 19th through December 23rd to help solve hunger through its Food Lion Feeds “Holidays Without Hunger” campaign. Customers were able to purchase and donate a specially-marked “Holidays Without Hunger” food box for $5.00 or make a cash donation at checkout. We are delighted to announce that our Fairview store was recognized as the first place fundraiser winner in their region, out of 23 stores! The store sold 2,142 boxes and $1,423.00 in cash donations were collected, resulting in the equivalent of 24,000 meals being donated directly to Food for Fairview!

According to local store manager Scott Prince, “The associates really took ownership and made it happen.” For each food box sold or donation collected, the individual associate would announce on the store intercom, “Another Fairview family fed!” greatly contributing to the sense of excitement and interest in what became, essentially, a community event.

Many thanks to everyone at Food Lion – and to all their great customers – for their participation in this wonderful and much appreciated program!

Fairview Food Lion

left to right: Pam Pride, Amy Fite (behind), Kim Bartow (in front of Amy), Mindy Griffin, Scott Prince, store manager


Courtesy of The Fairview Town Crier