Fighting hunger with music

Photo courtesy of Josh Stack

WHAT: Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) and jam weekly food drive

WHEN: Thursdays, 8pm

WHERE: New Mountain, 38 N. French Broad Ave.

WHY:  Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) is an organization that facilitates philanthropic relationships between the business community and prominent entertainers to raise money and awareness for hunger relief. So, when the owners of New Mountain contacted FATE Executive Director Josh Stack about how to utilize the venue’s upstairs event space, he knew exactly what to do.

“I thought it would be a good space for an ongoing philanthropic event,” Stack says. His vision for the event was rooted in other ongoing music jams in Asheville.

“One of my favorite nights to see music in town is Tuesday because I can see the best Asheville pickers at the Isis early and the best funk and jazz players later at the Music Hall, and it’s free,” says Stack. “I’d like the FATE Jam to do something similar and provide a meaningful outlet for talented musicians to express themselves musically and philanthropically,” says Stack.

Concertgoers attending the benefit should plan on bringing 4-5 high-protein canned goods or an equivalent cash donation ($5-10) to donate at the door. All food donations will benefit MANNA FoodBank as well as other regional food distribution organizations as needs arise. Cash donations will help grow the FATE account to secure larger acts, which will help the organization bring in more concertgoers and increase the level of food donation.

“We’ve got to start small and hopefully grow this into the need for more space, bigger acts and more food,” says Stack.

The FATE Jam takes place every Thursday at 8 p.m. in New Mountain’s upstairs event space. For more information, please visit supportfate.org or newmountainavl.com.

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