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.
Asheville Poverty Initiative acknowledges with deep sadness the death of the Chair of our Board of Directors, Fred Burnham, on January 23, 2019. Fred joined the Board at our founding in 2016 and became Chair in 2018. Though he is no longer physically with us, his dedication to a just world for all will remain a guiding light for all we do.
Fred's obituary can be viewed at https://www.ashevilleareaalternative.com/notices/RevFrederic-Burnham.
Those desiring to donate to Asheville Poverty Initiative in Fred's memory may do so online here,
or by mailing a check to
Asheville Poverty Initiative, 789 Merrimon Ave, Asheville NC 28804-2447.
If donating by check, please note "In memory of Fred Burnham" on the check.
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.
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.)
"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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