Welcome to Food Connection Asheville! Birthplace and Headquarters of Food Connection.

Asheville is where Food Connection originated in December of 2014. Since launching over 200,000 fresh meals have been kept out of our local landfills and gone to feed our neighbors in need!

Who is involved in Food Connection Asheville?

A bit of history

AVL Ride (formerly Asheville Taxi)

AVL Ride (formerly Asheville Taxi)


Flori Pate, co-founder of Dig Local, aka "Asheville's App," co-founded Food Connection in December of 2014 in partnership with Mary Evans from Packs Tavern, Buzz Durham from Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Woody McKee from Asheville Taxi and Amy Cantrell from BeLoved Asheville. Since its inception Food Connection has rescued well over 135,000 fresh meals to feed those in need.

AVL Ride (formerly Asheville Taxi)

AVL Ride (formerly Asheville Taxi)

AVL Ride (formerly Asheville Taxi)


Woody McKee, owner of AVL Ride helped launch Food Connection in Asheville by providing transportation services to move the meals via his ride service. We could not have experienced such success without him! Next time you need a cab in Asheville, use his service. Call or text 828-333-1976


AVL Ride (formerly Asheville Taxi)

Food Donor Partners


Pulled pork, tempeh, butternut squash, quinoa and kale salad, roasted chicken- These are just some of the meals we've picked up from UNCA. Since launching our partnership in 2015, tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, healthy food have been delivered to those in need in Asheville. This is an ongoing partnership.

Food Donor Partners

Food Recipient Partners

Food Donor Partners


• Packs Tavern
(pictured, Chef Edwin and Mary Evans, co-founder)

• Celine & Company

* UNC Asheville

• The Omni Grove Park Inn

• Deerfield Retirement Center

• The Crest Center/ M7 Solutions

• The Collider

• Mars Hill University

• Sierra Nevada

• Bouchon

• Vinnie's Italian

• Smash Events, Inc.

• Buxton Hall

• Twisted Laurel

• The Capital Club

* Dining Innovations

• The Funkatorium

* The Wedge at Foundation

• 12 Bones

• Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack

• U.S. Cellular Center

Food Recipient Partners

Food Recipient Partners

Food Recipient Partners


 • MusicWorks! After School Program

• Trinity Place Shelter for Runaway Youth

• Beloved Asheville

• Veterans Restoration Quarters

• East Asheville Welcome Table

• WNC Rescue Ministries

• Haywood Street Respite Center

• MusicWorks! After School Program

• Asheville High School Homeless Student Education Group

• Salvation Army of Buncombe County

• Church of the Advocate at Trinity

Community Supporters

Food Recipient Partners

Food Recipient Partners


• Wicked Weed Brewing

• Parsec Financial

• Episcopal Diocese of WNC

* The Community Foundation 

of Western North Carolina

• Dig Local Asheville

• Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

* St. James Episcopal Church of Black Mtn.

• New Belgium Brewing

• Chiesa

• RISC Networks

• Celine & Company

• Biltmore Wines

• Geraldine's Bakery

• Aloft Hotel 

• Signarama

• Bank of America

• Leslie Sharpe - Berkshire Heights

• The French Broads V2V

• Will Run for Food V2V

• Sierra Nevada

• B.B. Barns

• The Rotary Club of Asheville

• Black Mountain Rotary Club

• Cultivated Cocktails

• The Foundry Hotel Asheville

• Urban Gastronome

• Pleb Urban Winery

• TOPO Organics

• The Chemist 

• Hillman Beer

• Devils Foot Beverage Company

• Oak City Amaretto

• Mountain Madre

• Chai Pani

• Blue Dream Curry House

• Ziggy's Bakery & Deli

• Copper Crown

• Carolina Holistic Health

Food Connection: Watch this!

Our gratitude to Fiasco Pictures for doing an amazing job telling Asheville's story in 4 minutes

Check out this informative and entertaining 6 minute video produced by students from Warren Wilson College

Want to get involved?

Drop us a line and we'll let you know if there are current opportunities.


About Asheville

Thriving culinary scene. Poverty and hunger. Connecting the dots.

People travel from all over the world to experience the eclectic vibe of Asheville, NC. We have the mountains, a thriving arts & music scene, James Beard Award winning chefs... It is a hot destination for vacations, conferences, weddings and more.

In the shadows, there is a much bleaker image where 1 in 4 children do not know where their next meal is coming from. This is what you don't see on the glossy magazine covers promoting tourism in our city.

Food Connection was born in Asheville around the holiday season in 2014 to help bridge the disconnect between caterers with too much food, to nonprofit partners in need of food. We're not asking chefs to make special meals for us, we're just simply asking that they not trash or compost any meals that happen to be left at the end of an event or meal.

Now, gourmet meals that were filling our local landfills are filling bellies instead. Meals are going to those living on the streets through BeLoved Asheville, our heroes at the Veterans Restoration Quarters, the children at Trinity Place Shelter for Runaway Youth, the folks at the free meal every Thursday at the East Asheville Welcome Table, and more. 

We continue to believe that NO fresh food should ever end up in the trash while people go hungry, especially Asheville's gourmet "Foodtopia" food. 

It makes so much sense and we are honored to help with the connecting part.

Do you have surplus food that's going in the trash or compost?

Please help us expand our mission of keeping Asheville's delicious gourmet food out of the local landfills. There are ways for your business to begin donating fresh food right away while feeding our neighbors in need.

Food Connection and UNCA

Reducing Food Waste and Fighting Hunger by UNCA created 14 months after launching Food Connection featuring what food donors and food recipients have to say about the program. 

Food Connection PechaKucha

This video was created 2 months after Food Connection began. It shows how we got started. PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights. Food Connection was honored to participate.

We are making a dent, but we've still got miles to go.

Please help us continue to conquer the ridiculous problem of fresh food polluting our landfills while people go hungry.