12 Baskets Cafe: a program of Asheville Poverty Initiative

12 Baskets Cafe: a program of Asheville Poverty Initiative


Glad to see the abundance at 12 Baskets!

it's not so everywhere!
Thank you as always for the wonderful food and amazing people! The seafood salad sandwhiches were phenominal! Would love to know where they came from!! Love yall!
Ty Again Donna Earnshaw Shannon and all of 12 baskets for an amazing gift and hand from above. Love you all.
Thank you Klari Farzley Donna Earnshaw and Ms Shannon For All You Do for ALL of US.
I'm honored to know yall.
Will yall be open tomorrow? Tuesday May 2nd due to the protests?
Don't know if you'll see this SHANNON but sending my love. I think of Kairos every day. And I tell everyone what a wonderful experience and people you ALL are. Big love from JOY
Thank you ONCE again for the amazing food and wonderful people! Yall are amazing!
Not interested in the live event, but if you would describe current needs I would donate $. Please post address so people can do so.
These professionals from DHHS came to learn more about issue of poverty and some had great ideas how they could make a difference!
First contact was Donnie Lloyd's memorial gathering tonight. Very impressed. As former homeless I was touched by this Christian initiative. I will be back to volunteer.
Tomorrow at Kairos West!

Eradicating Poverty through Relationships 12 Baskets is located at Asheville Poverty Initiative's community space, 610 Haywood Rd., beneath Firestorm Bookstore - entrance is in the back off of State St.

Asheville Poverty Initiative's mission is to build community and promote economic justice. Dismantling stereotypes, reducing fear, and empowering hope through telling stories across socio-economic difference. We envision a beloved community that celebrates mutuality, abundance, and justice.

Operating as usual


Anyone want to donate a lightly used or new pop-up 10'X10' event canopy (see picture) to 12 Baskets? If so message or call us! Our volunteers are getting soaked when it rains during outdoor Cafe to-go days, and we're hoping to plan some pop-up events this summer (stay tuned!). A canopy or two would be amazingly helpful!

[03/03/21]   Check out the produce and dairy donations we had on Tuesday! Rescued from Earth Fare Westgate and Whole Foods South Asheville


Thanks to @haywoodstreetcongregation and @buncombecountyhhs for vaccinating some of our frontline staff today!


Come out to 12 Baskets café today! We rescue delicious food from places like Whole Foods and Earthfare then distribute it from our space. This is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome, regardless of your socio-economic situation. We encourage people of all backgrounds to come and get food because we truly have so much of it. Come say hi! Grab some good stuff! We love to meet new folks in the community ❤️ 610 Haywood Road behind Firestorm bookstore 11 a.m-1 p.m


Volunteer Appreciation Post! We love the folks who come to us every week from Peace and Purpose Sober Living Community. These hard working guys are always up to help us out, whether it be rushing around and filling orders or hauling freezers. What we do wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for dedicated companions like them ❤️👍


OPEN! The abundance is real and being experiencing at 12 Baskets! Come and share in it! Today 11:00-1:00. May this be a foretaste of us all having what we need in 2021!



We'd like to announce that Shannon Spencer will be leaving her position as API's Executive Director to follow a new calling as Chaplain at Warren Wilson College. As API's founder, Shannon guided our little Cafe to be the thriving and strong community program we know today. We're sad that Shannon won't be around as much, but also excited to support her in a new adventure! Click below or visit our website to read the official announcement from Shannon and the Board of Directors!


mailchi.mp 12/13/2020

Asheville Poverty Initiative - Autumn Newsletter!

Check out our last Newsletter!


[12/10/20]   Attention Interested Volunteers!
We love you and want to welcome you! But please do not show up without contacting us first this holiday season!
Due to COVID-19 we are restricting the number of volunteers and require folks to schedule ahead and complete an orientation.

Ways to help:
*If you want to volunteer: call 828-232-2149 and leave a message, or email [email protected]
*Donate through Give!Local (this is tremendous if you have the resources to share).
*Set your AmazonSmile to Asheville Poverty Initiative, but don't forget to buy local :)
*Now through Dec. 22nd we're taking donations of pre-cooked hams and frozen/uncooked turkeys (we have folks who can cook them), call ahead and drop them off during our open hours Tues and Fri.

Peace, Love, and Health Y'all!


Thanks to our wonderful volunteers filling to go orders outside the Cafe! ❤️

givelocalguide.org 12/02/2020

Asheville Poverty Initiative | Give!Local Guide

During this time of global pandemic, generosity in community is what keeps us moving! There are many ways to give back today on Giving Tuesday - helping a neighbor, sharing a skill, or giving to some of our amazing local organizations through Give!Local. Everyone has something to share and every act of generosity counts!

givelocalguide.org Asheville's easiest path to year-end giving.

givelocalguide.org 11/30/2020

Asheville Poverty Initiative | Give!Local Guide

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow! This year consider donating to API through Give!Local

givelocalguide.org Asheville's easiest path to year-end giving.


Don’t miss the thanksgiving feast! Come on over! Open till 12:30 today!!

[11/25/20]   Happy Giving Thanks! UPDATE- thanks to an amazing donation - 12 Baskets Cafe WILL be able to provide meals on Thanksgiving Day! Unfortunately it will still be to- go only but at least we can air hug and give thanks together! For thanksgiving day only- hours- 11:00-12:00! See y’all soon!

givelocalguide.org 11/20/2020

Asheville Poverty Initiative | Give!Local Guide

Support local nonprofits and check out incentives by donating through Mountain Xpress!

givelocalguide.org Asheville's easiest path to year-end giving.

givelocalguide.org 11/07/2020

Asheville Poverty Initiative | Give!Local Guide

givelocalguide.org Asheville's easiest path to year-end giving.

givelocalguide.org 11/06/2020

Asheville Poverty Initiative | Give!Local Guide

Give!Local campaign launched this week! This is our largest fundraising campaign of the year and runs through December, help spread the word and spread the abundance!

givelocalguide.org Asheville's easiest path to year-end giving.


Erin and Lilly say don't forget to VOTE today!!! 🇺🇲🗳️🎉


Today we said goodbye to our first coffee ☕ maker, manned by Steve, Andy, Thornne, and many in our community. A centerpiece of the Cafe, the ol'Bunn was loved by all ❤️ (don't fear, we have a replacement 😁)


🌟Community member spotlight 🌟 Madelyn has been bringing us (and other organizations) these handy packs that contain things like socks, masks, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and even candy! Thank you @madelyn.schmidt08 ❤️💕☀️


Join us if you can!

Join us tomorrow (TUESDAY) night for a special LIVE online Conversation with Shannon Spencer, founder of the Asheville Poverity Initiative, with a performance by "dirty gospel" musician Vince Anderson, and learn how to move beyond narratives of scarcity and accumulation towards ones of abundance and generosity.

Details & Registration at https://community.newstoryfestival.com/landing/plans/44206

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Support Asheville Poverty Initiative by shopping at AmazonSmile.

Online Shopping? We encourage folks support local and small-owned business whenever possible! But for those times when you order from Amazon, choose to order though Amazon Smile with Asheville Poverty Initiative as your charity! We'll get a small percentage donation for all of you qualifying purchases. Every cent counts!

smile.amazon.com When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Asheville Poverty Initiative. Support us every time you shop.


If you’re in the West Asheville area come by 12 Baskets Café today for fresh food, friendly faces, and lots of delicious deserts. ❤️🌼💕🐞 Also the health department is here today offering free flu and Hep A vaccinations outside!
Masked and socially distanced, we distribute food Tuesdays and Fridays on 610 Haywood Road from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. This perfectly good food is rescued from partnering organic grocers, restaurants and retirement homes then re-distributed from our space. This food is available to all, regardless of whether you have access to food or not. Come say hi! We love to meet new neighbors ☺️


Companions Anne and Jacob cutting and wrapping delicious cakes donated by Givens Estates 😋 🍰

[07/28/20]   Hey there Beautiful community! We are going heading into month 6 of coordinating nearly 1400 meals a week for those being sheltered through the City and Homeward Bound's partnership. 65 folks not living on the streets! It's kinda proof we can do this - that the resources exist to ensure the care and shelter of our neighbors. THAT SAID - we need you. Companions and restaurants that have been sustaining these meals since the beginning need to step away (understandably) which leaves a meal for you and your friends to help provide.
Logistics: lunch and dinner meals each are comprised of 65 meals in individual containers. Sign up for one meal or a weekly one. You can get with friends (physically distanced, of course :) and make it or contract with a local restaurant (which helps them out, too). PLEASE DO NOT randomly drop food off at the hotel!! We oversee a schedule and there is very little storage capacity for extra meals.
And we sign off with a HUGE thanks to those who've been helping thus far (this list is not exhaustive): Baba Nham restaurant, Food Experience, Little Caesars, Warren Wilson Pres, First Pres, Church of the Advocate, Subway, YWCA/Food Connection, Welcome Table, Black Mountain Academy, Rouleau Reality, Reel Malloy Food Truck, Holy Spirit Episcopal - and others, and numerous volunteers who have gathered teams! Whew, y'all! It takes a village - and that's how it's supposed to be!
This really is so helpful as we at the Cafe continue to give out over 250 meals on Tuesdays and Fridays, while also sharing the abundance with the Asheville Survival Program and BeLoved food boxes around town. There is enough, y'all! There is enough! Help us live into the abundance and share it. To help provide a meal for 65 folks, please email us at [email protected] and we will walk you though how and schedule when a drop off would be most needed.


Thanks @patchworkurbanfarms for SO much fresh, local produce. Banana peppers, jalapeños, collards, rainbow chard, kale and more 🥬🌶🥒🥕


A letter sent to us from one of our community members. So grateful for the many ways people contribute, even when money is tight and times are uncertain. We ALL have something to give! This is community.


That’s right, Earthfare at West Gate is open again! And giving us fresh delicious food! In this time of chaos, abundance still exists. Come celebrate and share in it with us. Tuesdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. @ 12 Baskets Cafe: a program of Asheville Poverty Initiative


We are seeing more and more people. A sign of the times. BUT we are also seeing the generosity and abundance that does exist when individuals and corporations stop hoarding! There IS enough. Let’s share it, y’all!


Thank you Tony from Food Experience and Campaign for Southern Equality for awarding him a grant to cook yummy food for us 😍 stop by and grab some!


We are coordinating 1344 meals a week! And it happens one meal at a time! Thanks @littlecaesars on Patton for giving us a great deal on 60 delicious pizzas. 60 pizzas for 60 people. 🍕 Tonight the folks being temporarily housed by @homeward_bound_wnc in Asheville can each have their own pizza. THIS is what community looks like! We can all have what we need when we work together 💕❤️🍕


A huge thank you to Kate from Patchwork Farms for all of the delicious, fresh spinach and bok choy! 😋 🍃Stop by and get some today from 11-1.

wlos.com 04/26/2020

Asheville nonprofit coordinates meals for homeless

When everyone helps - there is enough!

wlos.com The Asheville Poverty Initiative is helping to feed one of the city's most vulnerable groups. It's helping to coordinate 700 meals a week for homeless people staying at Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville. API executive director Shannon Spencer said sustaining such a large effort requires some crea...


In addition to all the meals we already share out of our space - What a privilege to be asked by Homeward Bound and the City of Asheville to coordinate 700 meals a week for those hunkered down at the Harrah's Center. It's been a challenge but goodness - the community has come together! From 12 Baskets, to the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, to owners of restaurants (Rezez and Baba Nham),to Food Connection, the YWCA/Wicked Weed and the Welcome Table, several faith communities (Church of the Advocate and Warren Wilson Pres, First Baptist of Weaverville), and a number of amazing individuals who've gathered virtual teams to make meals - we've made it happen! There is enough y'all - this is just another example. When we all share - we all have what we need! Thank y'all! 700 meals a week! Whew!


A huge thank you to Tony from Food Experience for making us Moroccan Chicken and Mushroom Swish Quiche! 😋🙏 come and get it folks! @foodexperiencecatering

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610 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 13:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00
Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
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