BackPack Buddies feeds hungry kids

Posted July 10, 2014
Updated 2:29 p.m. yesterday

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BackPack Buddies: Donate

BackPack Buddies: Watch and Listen

On July 19, MIX 101.5 and WRAL-TV will join forces to raise money and food in a day-long community event on TV, radio, and social media. The food and funds benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s child hunger programs.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is feeding children at risk of hunger right now, and nurturing long-term solutions that provide access to fresh, healthy food.


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Child hunger in North Carolina

1 in 4 children in North Carolina is at risk of hunger

516,120 children are going hungry across our state

More than 118,000 children in the Food Shuttle’s 7 county service area applied to receive free and reduced price lunch. That’s almost 54% of school-aged children in these public school systems.

North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation.

Learn more about hunger in NC

BackPack Buddies: Donate

How your donation helps

Sponsor a Child’s BackPack: $35 every month means that a child knows you’ll always be there. By becoming a recurring BackPack Buddies sponsor, you ensure that a child’s BackPack is full every weekend with six nutritious meals and six snacks.

$350 one-time donation fills and fully funds one child’s BackPack for an entire school year.

We fight childhood hunger on every level! Your donation also helps fund hot summer meals, our food truck, nutrition education and school pantries. See how you can make a difference:

$100 funds 30 hot meals from the Food Shuttle Kitchen delivered to our child summer feeding partner agencies.

$500 funds a day of free summer meals from our food truck. The “Mobile Tastiness Machine” drives into different low-income neighborhood sites each day to serve free healthy summer meals to kids.

$1,500 funds a cooking class for six weeks and a lifetime of healthy eating life skills for 15 students.

$3,000 funds a school pantry for a whole year. The Food Shuttle operates 17 school pantries in 3 counties, serving over 2,000 people every month.

BackPack Buddies: Volunteer

Give your time, talents

It takes an army of volunteers to fuel the great work of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and there are so many ways for YOU to get involved. Help pack BackPack Buddies, assist teaching a nutrition class or get your hands dirty in one of our community gardens or at our Food Shuttle Farm. Whatever your hunger-relief passion, we have a way for you to take action.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Rally with us to say: “Childhood hunger is unacceptable!”

Ending childhood hunger is only possible if we all work together.

Share on social media

Use the hashtag #BackPackBuddies and help us spread the word that childhood hunger is unacceptable!

Encourage your friends and family on social media to give, volunteer or take action with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

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BackPack Buddies: Our Partners

Thanks to our community partners!

These companies and organizations have come through in a big way to help end hunger in NC:


Caliber Collision


Empire Eats

AXA Advisors

Michael & Son


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Raleigh Premium Cabinets

Brigs Restaurants

Moore & Van Allen

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