12 Baskets Cafe

Simply by sitting and eating with someone you might otherwise never bump into:
Stereotypes are dismantled. Fear reduced. Hope empowered.


serving Times

Monday - Friday
11 am - 1 pm


Kairos West Community Center
610 Haywood Rd , West Asheville
(Entrance off of State St.)

Please use street parking. DO NOT park in the lot outside our entrance. The gravel space is reserved for food drop offs and the adjoining lot is for neighboring businesses. Help us to be good neighbors!


Folks from all walks of life are invited: those whose hunger is physical, those who hunger to belong, as well as those who hunger to help.

We, at API, hunger for community.

We share this feast Cafe style.

It is free.

Folks are are greeted and invited to the table. We welcome donations to help cover the cost of rent and materials.

12 Baskets Cafe receives donations of already prepared food from local business and food service industry, leftover food that would otherwise be thrown away. This quality food is pulled from nightly hot bars, buffets, displays in grocery stores, etc, and is picked up by an API companion and delivered to our Cafe to be re-purposed and shared.

Interested in getting involved?
Companion Orientation every Wednesday at 10:00 am at the Cafe.

In addition to helping at the Cafe, we are in need of people to help pick up and transport food from donors to the cafe throughout the week!


It is the time you have wasted

for your rose

that makes your rose

so important.                                      

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince