WHERE: Green Room Bistro, 12 Church St.
WHEN: Every Wednesday in February, 7:30-10 p.m.
WHY: The Green Room Bistro and Bar will play a Widespread Panic concert for fans as part of a food drive to benefit MANNA FoodBank. The public can bring monetary or canned food donations to the bistro between 7:30am and 10pm. For each $5 donation or 5 cans of food, the Green Room Bistro will offer a free appetizer.
Widespread Wednesdays are coordinated by FATE – Funding American Through Entertainment. FATE was developed by executive director Joshua Stack, former communications director for MANNA FoodBank. The organization has previously worked with Widespread Panic and other nationally touring groups to coordinate concert-based food drives.
“Hosting weekly Panic listening parties is one way I got my start in this town in 2007,” Stack said in a news release. “When the folks at Green Room wanted to find a way to help out and asked if we could do this on the night when I bartend, I thought it'd be a great idea and a great way to help out.”
“When I found out what Josh did with FATE, I immediately wanted to find a way to help,” said Brian Lee, owner of Green Room Bistro and Bar, in the same release. “People need to be aware that there is food insecurity in this country and region, and every little bit helps.”
Organizers say the previous Widespread Wednesday, held in November, raised $2,500 and 232 pounds of food. Stack says there is a possibility the food drive will continue into March. For more information contact email@example.com or visit supportfate.org.
— The authors are all members of Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville, a worker-owned cooperative.
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