BackPack Buddies feeds hungry kids

Posted July 10, 2014
Updated July 13, 2016

BackPack Buddies: Donate

BackPack Buddies: Watch and Listen

The MIX 101.5/WRAL-TV BackPack Buddies MediaThon raised more than $200,000 and 10,000 pounds of food Wednesday 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.


'Food Drive Kid' rasies funds for less fortunate peers 'Food Drive Kid' rasies funds for less fortunate peers
A youngster's generosity of spirit and time means thousands for needy families. Watch ...
Porch Food Drive Porch adds pickup element to the food drive
A Durham charity partners with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to maximize impact. Watch ...

Computers in classroom

Porch adds pickup element to the food drive
BackPack Buddies modifies the model to help hungry high school students. Watch ...

Caliber Collision is biggest donor to BackPack Buddies drive Caliber Collision is biggest donor to BackPack Buddies drive
Sponsor Caliber Collision provided the biggest boost of the day-long BackPack Buddies mediathon with a $50,000 donation. Watch ...
David Crabtree / BackPack Buddies Crabtree: Moved by generosity of BackPack Buddies
David Crabtree has worked at BackPack Buddies events for years and is regularly moved by the generous out-pouring of support. Watch ...
Make a Difference Food Pantry

Pre-teen starts pantry to feed Wayne County neighbors
When she learned that nearly one in five people in Wayne County are uncertain about where their next meal is coming from, 12-year-old Kenzie Hinson decided to do her part to help solve that problem. Read ...

Mission to end hunger doesn't end for Food Shuttle founder

Hungry for more: Food shuttle founder to continue work after retirement
A Raleigh woman who has devoted her life to feeding the hungry is retiring 27 years after helping to start the Interfaith Food Shuttle. Read ...

BackPack Buddies BackPack Buddies bridges gap for single mom
When Lateisha Sallah lost her job and struggled to feed her family, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle filled the gap. Read ...
BackPack Buddies BackPack Buddies is investment in community
BackPack Buddies feeds hungry children, but the benefits go well beyond that limited group. Watch ...
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 'People want to help'
No donation is too small to help fill the pantries for hungry children. Watch ...
BackPack Buddies volunteers Volunteer efforts help, teach Raleigh boys about needy classmates
Hot meals at summer camp are just the start for the East Durham Children's Initiative Read ...

Drink boxes

Durham group educates, feeds to break cycle of poverty
A family works together and learns together in the BackPack Buddies program. Read ...

BackPack Buddies: Web logo

Child hunger in North Carolina

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

564,240 children are going hungry across our state

53 percent of NC school children applied for free and reduced price lunch in the 2014/15 school year.

Between 2010 and 2015, North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top 10 states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages.

FAQ: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

BackPack Buddies: Donate

How your donation helps

Donate $35 monthly: $35 fills a child’s BackPack for one month. BackPack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year.

Donate $100: $100 funds 30 hot meals from the Food Shuttle kitchen.

Donate $350: $350 fills a child’s BackPack for an entire school year

Donate $500: $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.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle food truck

Donate $1,000: $1,000 fills school pantries with produce for 1 month. School pantries provide fresh produce and non-perishable foods to students at 13 schools in low-income neighborhoods, creating sources of healthy food where children and families learn and work.

BackPack Buddies: Volunteer

Give your time, talents

It takes an army of volunteers to fuel the great work of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. We can use your hands, heads and heart to fulfill our mission!

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

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

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

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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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