How to support restaurants in Asheville, WNCAP during the COVID-19 crisis



ASHEVILLE – Make your plans to eat out or dine for a good cause. Dining Out For Life returns on April 29, redesigned for the second year as Dine IN For Life.

Dining Out For Life takes place in nearly 50 cities across the country. In this region, this is the largest fundraiser for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project, which provides preventive education and awareness for those at risk of contracting HIV / AIDS. It also provides support services to hundreds of clients already living with HIV.

Participating Dining Out For Life restaurants typically donate 20% of their sales to the non-profit Western North Carolina AIDS Project, while diners and raffle ticket buyers add even more.

“In total, the event involves tens of thousands of people, raises up to $ 150,000 and is the largest HIV / AIDS awareness day in western North Carolina,” said Michael Poandl, WNCAP development and communications coordinator.

This year, WNCAP is not asking for donations from participating restaurants. Instead, the organization is asking for community support for local restaurants that have collectively donated millions of dollars to WNCAP and other nonprofits over the years.

In collaboration with Asheville Independent Restaurants, WNCAP encourages locals to support restaurants through take-out, deliveries, on-site meals or by purchasing gift cards. A full list of restaurants participating in DIFL is available at

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Then donate to WNCAP at to help the organization continue its work as demand for its services has been pushed by the pandemic to an all time high.

“Over the past year, demands for emergency financial assistance, food delivery and harm reduction services have skyrocketed, even as other community resources have dried up,” said Poandl.

Donations made to WNCAP between now and April 30 will automatically be entered into a draw for three grand prizes, including a “staycation” in Asheville, a private film screening at the Grail Moviehouse or a $ 500 card courtesy of Mosaic. Realty.

Anyone who posts a selfie with their life-saving meal and tag @wncap on social media will also be entered into the draw.


Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for over 20 years and has been a writer for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional line cook and former restaurateur.

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