Sugar we’re going down[town] swinging

This morning we woke up extra early to get coffee (& burlap sacks?) before heading to volunteer at the Manna Foodbank. Our job was to repackage industrial size shipments of breakfast biscuits to be redistributed to the food bank’s different agencies.

After we packaged several hundred bags, we spoke with an AmeriCorps volunteer who is assigned to Manna.  She gave us a lot of insight into the local and national efforts to relieve food insecurity. One out of every seven people are food insecure and one out of every four children in Asheville are food insecure. Those are incredible statistics and it was great to see an organization making strides to solve the issues.

Once we finished our talk, we ate a picnic lunch in Carrier Park on the French Broad River. Next we explored the River Arts District where we fell in love with Jonas Gerard‘s studio. Like everywhere else in Asheville, the murals on the walls were on point. The best part of the Arts District was the unbelievable number of dogs. If you haven’t noticed, we love dogs.

Once we were culturally fulfilled for the day, we made our way to a MASSIVE antique store on the river. Seriously, massive. We ended up with an assortment of jewelry and cookware to take home.

Next we drove back downtown to continue our exploring from yesterday. We parked in a new section of town and shopped along Lexington Street. All of the shops and murals were super quirky. Our shopping addictions were very satisfied. For dinner we ate at White Duck Taco Shop–think BBQ tacos, Korean Beef tacos, Jerk Chicken tacos, etc. DELICIOUS

After dinner we checked out the Asheville Pinball Museum. It was about as interesting as you would expect… so we headed back to the hostel to take a quick nap before:

A STORY SLAM at the Odditorium. A fellow hostel guest recommended it to us and we were NOT disappointed. It lives up to it’s name, it’s super odd. The topic was “jobs” so people in the crowd jumped up on stage to tell their best job story. It was SO entertaining.

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We finished the night with a game of Cards Against Humanity, cookies, and reflections about our work at the food bank.

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