Corporate Neighbors Share The Load: Blackstone Audio Helps Fight Hunger In Ashland

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Ashland Emergency Food Bank depends on the generosity of local residents for the goods, funding and volunteer hours required to keep our doors open. But you might not know that our corporate neighbors also help us out on a regular basis.

For example:
•Three days a week, Albertsons gives us food that is looking for a good home.
•Shop ‘n Kart and the Ashland Food Co-op sell coupons to support our food purchases.
• Maranatha Natural Foods regularly donates thousands of jars of nutritious almond butter.
•Amy’s Kitchen sends us soup and frozen items for our inventory.
• Caldera Brewing, our new neighbor on Clover Lane, is initiating brewery tours of the new facility. Participants will be asked to donate a can of food or a dollar to the Food Bank.

Now Blackstone Audio is stepping up to help AEFB find a permanent home. On September 7th, Blackstone will throw open its warehouse doors at 31 Mistletoe Road. Thousands of new CD audio books will be sold for just $7, or $5 with the purchase of three or more books. Some MP3 audio books and cassette audio books will also be available — two for $7.

Half of all proceeds will benefit the Ashland Emergency Food Bank’s capital fund. After moving twice in five years, the Food Bank has found a home at 560 Clover Lane, a former fast food store. The building is ideally suited to our work. We have until September 30th to raise $475,000 to buy the building. With help from lots of folks, we have already raised 80% of our goal. Blackstone’s sale could put us close to the top.

The Blackstone sale will be a fantastic opportunity to buy gifts for friends, family members – or yourself. Imagine the joy of finishing your holiday shopping three months early – and supporting the Food Bank at the same time. Offerings will include titles from Blackstone, AudioGO, BBC America, and BBC UK. A sampling of series, titles and authors that will be for sale includes Dr. Who, Faulty Towers, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Agatha Christie, Daniel Dafoe, Rex Stout, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Roots, Torchwood, John Le Carre, King Solomon’s Mines, Three Musketeers, Ann Bronte and Karin Slaughter and many more.

Limited parking will be available near Blackstone, but event-goers can park on the dirt lot next to Shop ‘N Kart (just off the corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road) with free shuttles going to and from Blackstone starting at 9:30 a.m.

AEFB is open Monday through Friday, and the first Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. If you need services or would like to donate food or money, come visit us at 560 Clover Lane, Ashland.