Breaking Scoop: Nonprofit Food Connection Expands East, Dig Local Turns 5

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Food Connection Expands East, Dig Local Celebrates 5 Years

Sometimes life’s darkest places can lead you into great things that you never could have imagined. Dig Local and the nonprofit Food Connection, which has now expanded, providing 100,000+ rescued meals to those in need, were just featured in an amazing article in the Asheville Citizen Times & Black Mountain News

In the article, writer Fred McCormick describes our long journey beautifully. 

In 2013, Flori and Ted Pate, the founders of Dig Local, were both laid off from their corporate jobs within 24 hours of each other. Shortly after, Ted participated in Asheville Startup Weekend. On Oct. 6, 2013. — 5 years ago to date — his team won the competition with the idea of an app that shows you where to go and what to do in Asheville but only with local businesses.

A year later, Flori co-founded the nonprofit Food Connection, which has now expanded into Black Mountain, NC.

Dig Local has changed the lives of Flori, Ted and their family forever, and Food Connection has changed the lives of thousands. We’re grateful for everyone who has believed in us and supported both Dig Local and Food Connection. We are especially grateful to the local business community and those who support it. We’re looking forward to where the next 5 years will take us.

And TONIGHT! Join us for a celebration of our expansion to the Swannanoa Valley at the Black Mountain Ale House and Black Mountain Brewing Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. where 15% of food sales and $1 from every pint will be donated to Food Connection! Also enjoy the musical guest Cuberow while you dine.

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