12 Baskets Cafe a program of Asheville Poverty Initiative Established 2016

12 Baskets Cafe a program of Asheville Poverty Initiative Established 2016

Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets Cafe aims to end the social injustice of poverty in partnership with those on the margins through opportunities for education, advocacy, and relationship building. Fostering mutual relationships across socioeconomic boundaries deconstructing the divisive and misleading categories of the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
Stereotypes dismantled. Fear reduced. Hope empowered.


12 Baskets Cafe is powerful program for creating alternative social space for building relationships among local residents, schools, social services, and businesses by deconstructing stereotypes and reducing fear.

  • Free!

  • Community-Powered

  • 100% rescued food

People from all walks of life are encouraged to come and meet their neighbors. All the food is rescued from local restaurants and food service industry including Morrison Healthcare/Mission Hospital, grocers, caterers, and many more!

The Café is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Kairos West Community Center, at the rear entrance to 610 Haywood Road (doorway off of State St.)

Watch the Tedx Talk!


"If we have no peace,

it is because we have forgotten

that we belong to each other."

- Mother Teresa


Take a morning or afternoon and be led around the streets of Asheville by our poverty scholars. Learn first hand about the agencies serving them as well as their experience(s) being served. Where can folks use the bathroom?  Find something to eat? Receive case management? Take a shower?

  • Hear experience from our poverty scholars

  • Learn about the daily reality of scarcity

  • Envision and dream together about next steps

Our scholars work with community/church groups, businesses, organizations, interested individuals, grade schools and college classes.


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