This Year, Volunteer!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. Perhaps you’ve made some resolutions for the New Year. If they include trying something new, meeting new people, or giving back to the community, have we got the answer for you: how about volunteering for Food for Fairview?

Due to a recent increase in the number of clients we serve, we have many opportunities available. The hours are flexible. You can volunteer weekly, monthly, or as needed, depending on which opportunity you chose. Here are some volunteer positions we need to fill:

Orderers: from time to time, we are able to order items from MANNA based upon supplies that they receive. We need someone to place orders at MANNA Food Bank on an ongoing basis; however, you must be an experienced MANNA shopper first and understand their systems BEFORE you can begin placing orders.

Shoppers: we are looking for volunteers to shop at MANNA Food Bank, which takes place on Thursday mornings around 8am. We are also looking for volunteers to help with shopping at area grocery stores.

Drivers: once the food has been chosen at MANNA, we need drivers with trucks/trailers to transport it back to Food for Fairview. We particularly need drivers with large capacity trucks and/or trailers. We can at times have loads in excess of a ton to nearly two tons of food.

Stockers: once the food is picked up from MANNA, we need volunteers on Thursday mornings from about 8:30 until 10 am to sort and stock the items that we have received.

Shopping Assistants: when the pantry is open on Fridays from 9-12 we need volunteers to assist clients as they chose their food items. We also need volunteers to carry food to our client’s cars.

Phone attendant: we need a volunteer to utilize our answering system and relay phones messages to the appropriate Food for Fairview personnel.

Fundraisers: while we will not ask you to solicit for donations, we do need a team of individuals who is willing to assist with the administrative tasks of fundraising, such as making copies of fliers, etc.

Training is provided for all positions. If you are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities, you can give us a call at the pantry at 628-4322 or email us at Or, come by on either Thursday morning or Friday from 9-12 to fill out a volunteer application. We’d love to have you! Remember what they say:

“Those who can, do.
Those who can do more – volunteer.”

Holiday Donation from Dr. Ed Reilly

“Cassia Imholz accepts a $1000 check from Dr. Ed Reilly on behalf of Food for Fairview. For the past 15 years, Dr. Reilly, his staff and patients have collected monies for various charities and donated them to the organizations around the holidays. Dr. Reilly wants not only to support these organizations but also hopes to inspire other local businesses to engage in similar fundraiser in support of organizations that are important to them.”

Dr. Ed Reilly Donation

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market

Benefiting local and international non profits
Sunday, December 8
Open: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Tuton Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church – 60 Church Street

Co-sponsored by
Trinity Episcopal Church
First Presbyterian Church

Trinity Episcopal Church & First Presbyterian Church
Co-sponsor “Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market”
Sunday, December 8 (9:00AM – 1:00PM)

Hosted at Trinity Episcopal Church’s Tuton Hall (60 Church Street)
Orders received through December 16

Church Street neighbors Trinity Episcopal and First Presbyterian churches are sponsoring the annual “Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gift Market” on Sunday, December 8 (9:00AM-1:00 PM). The event will be hosted at Trinity Episcopal Church’s Tuton Hall (60 Church Street).

“Loaves & Fishes” is an opportunity to purchase a gift that matters to those in need. When you make a purchase you will receive a holiday greeting card, envelope and gift insert that describes the type of donation and who it will benefit. For example, a $5 donation could provide a family with five loaves of bread through Food for Fairview. A $25 donation could help house a woman in the Room in the Inn program of Homeward Bound.

Brochures are available at Trinity and First Presbyterian churches and can also be downloaded at or . Pre-orders will not be able to be filled until the day of the market. Orders placed after the market will be received until December 16th. For more information please contact the First Presbyterian Church at 828-253-1431.

The gift market assists the local and international non-profit work of: All Souls Counseling Center, Asheville Youth Mission, BeLoved House, Black Mountain Home for Children & Youth and Families, Child Care Center of First Presbyterian Church, Children First/CIS, Church of the Advocate, Food for Fairview, Haywood Street Congregation, Helen’s Threads of Love, Helpmate, Homeward Bound of WNC, Literacy Council of Buncombe County, Manna FoodBank, Meals On Wheels, Ministry of Hope Women Chaplaincy Program, Pisgah Legal Services, Presbytery of Western North Carolina’s Guatemala partnership, & Trinity Place (program of Caring for Children).