Spectrum Charlotte


Food Connection launches a chapter in Charlotte, N.C. -- "Thousands of pounds of food on college campuses and restaurants are thrown away every year. A new non-profit in Charlotte is working to change that and help put leftover food to good use."

WLOS ABC News 13


BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WLOS) — Two Buncombe County women have helped feed thousands of people in recent months by following the lead of an Asheville nonprofit they heard about on WLOS.  

WLOS 2018 Person of the Year


"The winner, as selected by News 13 staff, is Flori Pate, of Asheville. She's the founder of Food Connection, a nonprofit that links restaurants with too much food to folks who don't have enough."

WNC Magazine 2019


"Partnering with UNC Asheville, Deerfield, Packs Tavern, and The Crest Center, Food Connection connects the dots between those who have too much food and those who don’t have enough."

Chartwells Higher Ed Monthly


"Giving, Community, & Kindness. UNCA leads the way in sustainability. At the heart of UNCA's efforts is their work with Asheville's Food Connection."

Black Mountain News


"Around the country hunger continues to be a growing problem while food waste is at an all-time high. On any given night in the Swannanoa Valley, a family can go to sleep without dinner as catering staff working any number of nearby events are disposing of untouched portions of nutritious, freshly prepared meals."

USA Today

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"He's not alone in his belief. Katie Button, co-owner of Nightbell and Curate in Asheville, also lives under the impression that what little food is left over from her busy restaurants must be either given to employees or thrown away.

'I'm not in the situation where I'm trying to figure out how how to get rid of surplus food often, but it is my understanding that I cannot donate leftover food, whether that's correct or incorrect,' she said."

WNC Woman

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"I think we can all agree that no fresh food should ever end up in the trash while people are going hungry.

I hadn’t been at my current job for more than one week as the Marketing Manager for UNC Asheville’s dining program before I heard about Food Connection and Flori Pate, the co-founder and creative director of Dig Local and co-founder and executive director of Food Connection."

WLOS with Sierra Nevada Brewery

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Asheville, N.C. (WLOS) — "One local organization is taking local leftovers and making those “leftovers” available to those in need in our community!

Working under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, Asheville’s Food Connection is actively taking donations from restaurants and caterers and delivering those meals to agencies that provide meals for those in our community who need food."

WLOS at Deerfield

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Person of the Week connects those with too much food to those with too little food. ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — "In a food city like Asheville, it seems unthinkable that so many go hungry. News 13's Person of the Week Flori Pate connects people with too much food and those who don't have enough. Her non-profit is now a staple in the city."

Mountain Xpress

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"Feeding the homeless typically involves things like pasta, canned vegetables and the occasional dessert. But in Western North Carolina, shelters and other nonprofits are dishing up grilled salmon, coconut curry chicken, beef brisket, lamb sliders, fresh vegetables and whole grains.

The surplus food comes from weddings, banquets and other special events hosted at venues."

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

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