It has been less than three years 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 thousands of students in our community have received tens of thousands of meals and snacks thanks to area and national wrestling teams, coaches, and fans. As successful as the program has been so far 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.

Hall of fame broadcaster, former World Wrestling Entertainment Executive Vice-President and current Fox Sports commentator, Jim Ross; and former world champions and WWE Hall of Famers Adam Copeland (16 time world heavyweight champion Edge) and Beth Copeland (four-time world champion Beth Phoenix)will be at the event collecting food and donations for Headlock on Hunger.

On Wednesday, June 21st the Third Annual Ingles Food for Thought Food Drive at Ingles market on Tunnel Road where we will be collecting thousands of pounds of food from generous donations from individuals, organizations, and Ingles vendors to be distributed through the Ingles / Eben Food for Thought and the Arby’s / Eblen JoyFULL Holidays at Home programs to help ensure that no child goes hungry in our community.

In addition many of Ingles’ vendors are joining 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, 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 22nd meeting fans and signing autographs..

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.

For more information contact Bill Murdock at 828-242-2848 or via email at [email protected]