World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars Join Ingles and Eblen Charities in   Fighting Childhood Hunger with Ingles / Eblen Food for Thought Program

It has been less than a year since the most recognizable and influential names in the world of amateur  wrestling and sports entertainment came to Asheville to   announce Eblen Charities’ new children’s hunger initiative Headlock on Hunger at UNCA’s Kimmel Arena.

Since that announcement hundreds of students in our community have received thousands of meals and snacks thanks to area and national wrestling teams, coaches, and fans.

As successful as the program has been the fight is far from over.

As a student,when you are hungry – you can’t study,

when you are hungry  – you can’t think, when you are hungry – you know that you are different from your friends who have enough to eat at home when you don’t.

You know you have a   secret to keep.

When you are hungry – nothing else matters.

On Wednesday June 10th Ingles Markets is once again reaching out to help ensure that no student in our community goes hungry with the inaugural Headlock on Hunger Food Drive at Ingles on Tunnel Road. September 10th

Wrestling Entertainment Executive Vice-President and current Fox Sports commentator Jim Ross, former sixteen-time world heavyweight champion Adam Copeland who wrestled as Edge, and former world’s women wrestling and Diva’s Champion  Beth Kocianski who was known in the ring as Beth Phoenix will be  at the event collecting food and donations for Headlock on Hunger.

In addition many of Ingles vendors have joined us by generously donating their products to make sure all students will not have to face hunger.

“We are excited and most grateful to Ingles, their vendors once again, as well as Jim, Adam, and Beth who have joined us for Headlock on Hunger, not only lending their name but their time and effort to touch so many children and continue our fight against children’s hunger in our community” states Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities.

“I am honored to be a part of the Headlock on Hunger team as there is nothing more important or rewarding than to help feed a child in need. Hunger will be pinned!” adds

Jim Ross.

Jim will also be appearing at various Ingles in our area on Thursday June 11th and Friday June 12th as Ingles launches JR’s Barbeque Sauce in their stores.










Headlock on Hunger brings together public, private, and sports organizations to help provide meals for students who may not have enough to eat at home.


An outgrowth of the Ingles / Eblen Food for Thought Program and the Arby’s / Eblen JoyFull Home for the Holidays, Headlock on Hunger assists in filling the gap during those times the students are away from school and provide food at home as well as providing tens of thousands of snacks during the school day for primary, elementary, and after school programs.


Many thanks to our Headlock on Hunger Food Drive Partners including Ingles Markets, iHeartRadio-Asheville, the Asheville Citizen-Times, and all of the participating Ingles vendors. Special thanks to Bobby Ingle, Jim Lanning, Tom Outlaw, and Melissa Leavell of Ingles for making this event possible.