shannon spencer

Nominated by Gina Smith


Why is this person a hero to you?

Shannon Spencer leads the Asheville Poverty Initiative's 12 Baskets Cafe, which sources healthy, delicious food that would otherwise be thrown away to provide a free lunch throughout the week to anyone who wishes to partake. The cafe is in West Asheville downstairs from Firestorm Book. Rev. Spencer used to help lead the Haywood Street Congregation's meal ministry, the Downtown Welcome Table. She advocates fostering dignity and love among people of ALL walks of life by providing good food for all in a respectful, family-like setting. She strives to make everyone feel valued and loved, no matter their circumstances.

Is there anything else we should know about your nominee?

She is a member of the LGBT community, and promotes equality in everything she does.