BackPack Buddies feeds hungry kids
Posted July 5
Updated July 20
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.
On July 19, MIX 101.5, WRAL-TV and the generous residents of the Triangle joined forces to raise $188,000 and tons of food donations 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.
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.
A one-time $350 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.
Drop off money, food
Bring your donation of non-perishable food or funds to one of our sponsor locations on July 19 between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and meet members of the WRAL-TV and MIX 101.5 teams.
Find us at the Food Lion in Lake Boone Shopping Center, 2420 Wycliff Road, in Raleigh, where our team will accept non-perishable food, cash or check donations.
Find us at Triangle Town Center in the parking lot between Dillard's and Orvis just off Sumner Boulevard, where our team will accept non-perishable food, cash or check donations.
Drop off food donations at a location near you
Donate non-perishable food at Triangle Town Center or any Food Lion in Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Nash or Edgecombe counties.
See below for a list of exact locations.
|620 Laura Duncan Road||Apex||NC||27502||Wake|
|1777 W Williams Street||Apex||NC||27523||Wake|
|980 Kildare Farm Rd.||Cary||NC||27511||Wake|
|2458 Sw Cary Parkway||Cary||NC||27513||Wake|
|900 N. Maynard Rd.||Cary||NC||27513||Wake|
|8745 Holly Springs Road||Cary||NC||27539||Wake|
|1338 N. Main St.||Fuquay-Varina||NC||27526||Wake|
|1508 Broad St||Fuquay-Varina||NC||27526||Wake|
|3417 North Main St||Fuquay-Varina||NC||27526||Wake|
|1339 5Th Avenue||Garner||NC||27529||Wake|
|217 Timber Drive West||Garner||NC||27529||Wake|
|75 Glen Road||Garner||NC||27529||Wake|
|517 North Main St.||Holly Springs||NC||27540||Wake|
|7053 Us Hwy 64 E||Knightdale||NC||27545||Wake|
|9567 Chapel Hill Rd||Morrisville||NC||27560||Wake|
|3609 Davis Drive||Morrisville||NC||27560||Wake|
|2121 Tw Alexander Dr||Morrisville||NC||27560||Wake|
|2720 Lake Wheeler Rd||Raleigh||NC||27603||Wake|
|7971 Fayetteville Rd.||Raleigh||NC||27603||Wake|
|4510 Capital Blvd.||Raleigh||NC||27604||Wake|
|3151 Capital Blvd||Raleigh||NC||27604||Wake|
|2861 Jones Franklin Road||Raleigh||NC||27606||Wake|
|2420 Wycliff Road||Raleigh||NC||27607||Wake|
|3926 Western Blvd||Raleigh||NC||27607||Wake|
|4317 Fall Of The Neuse Rd||Raleigh||NC||27609||Wake|
|3415 Avent Ferry Rd||Raleigh||NC||27609||Wake|
|5426 Six Forks Road||Raleigh||NC||27609||Wake|
|3416-120 Poole Rd.||Raleigh||NC||27610||Wake|
|1100-122 Raleigh Blvd.||Raleigh||NC||27610||Wake|
|3685 New Bern Avenue||Raleigh||NC||27610||Wake|
|1601 Cross Link Rd||Raleigh||NC||27610||Wake|
|1030 N Rogers Lane||Raleigh||NC||27610||Wake|
|6209 Rock Quarry Rd.||Raleigh||NC||27610||Wake|
|5633 Creedmoor Crossing||Raleigh||NC||27612||Wake|
|9111 Leesville Rd||Raleigh||NC||27613||Wake|
|4827 Grove Barton Rd||Raleigh||NC||27613||Wake|
|12345 Strickland Road||Raleigh||NC||27613||Wake|
|1121 Falls River Ave.||Raleigh||NC||27614||Wake|
|13200 New Fals Neuse 159||Raleigh||NC||27614||Wake|
|8320-100 Litchford Rd.||Raleigh||NC||27615||Wake|
|9521 Strickland Rd||Raleigh||NC||27615||Wake|
|7713 Lead Mine Rd||Raleigh||NC||27615||Wake|
|5621-113 Louisburg Rd.||Raleigh||NC||27616||Wake|
|7440-101 Louisburg Rd||Raleigh||NC||27616||Wake|
|405 S. Main Street||Rolesville||NC||27571||Wake|
|12295 Capital Blvd||Wake Forest||NC||27587||Wake|
|2837 Wendell Blvd.||Wendell||NC||27591||Wake|
|114 Wakelon Street||Zebulon||NC||27597||Wake|
|2400 Holloway Drive||Durham||NC||27703||Durham|
|121 Sherron Rd_Suite 210||Durham||NC||27703||Durham|
|3500 North Roxboro St.||Durham||NC||27704||Durham|
|3808 Guess Rd.||Durham||NC||27705||Durham|
|4621 Hillsborough Rd||Durham||NC||27705||Durham|
|2930 W. Main Street||Durham||NC||27705||Durham|
|4711 Hope Valley Rd.||Durham||NC||27707||Durham|
|2000 Chapel Hill Rd.||Durham||NC||27707||Durham|
|3022 Fayetteville St||Durham||NC||27707||Durham|
|5279 Roxboro Road||Durham||NC||27712||Durham|
|4900 Nc Hwy 55 Ste 300||Durham||NC||27713||Durham|
|802 Harbour Dr||Rocky Mount||NC||27801||Edgecombe|
|113 North Fairview Rd||Rocky Mount||NC||27801||Edgecombe|
|3936 Bishop Rd||Battleboro||NC||27809||Edgecombe|
|2213 St. Andrews St.||Tarboro||NC||27886||Edgecombe|
|1110 Westen Blvd||Tarboro||NC||27886||Edgecombe|
|106 Rebecca Drive||Hillsborough||NC||27278||Orange|
|101 N Scotswood Blvd||Hillsborough||NC||27278||Orange|
|602 Jones Ferry Rd Unita||Carrboro||NC||27510||Orange|
|104 N.C. Hwy 54 Unit A||Carrboro||NC||27510||Orange|
|1129 Weaver Dairy Rd||Chapel Hill||NC||27514||Orange|
|1720 N Fordham Blvd||Chapel Hill||NC||27514||Orange|
|50000 Governors Dr||Chapel Hill||NC||27517||Orange|
|630 East St Ste 10||Pittsboro||NC||27312||Chatham|
|1605 East 11Th St||Siler City||NC||27344||Chatham|
|12330 Nc Hwy 210||Benson||NC||27504||Johnston|
|700 E. Parrish Dr.||Benson||NC||27504||Johnston|
|10105 Us 70 Bus Hwy W||Clayton||NC||27520||Johnston|
|9146 Cleveland Road||Clayton||NC||27520||Johnston|
|50 Neuse River Pkwy St 11||Clayton||NC||27527||Johnston|
|238 Pritchard Road||Clayton||NC||27527||Johnston|
|406 S Church Street||Kenly||NC||27542||Johnston|
|610 Donnie H Jones Blvd||Princeton||NC||27569||Johnston|
|1433 S Pollock St.||Selma||NC||27576||Johnston|
|851 W. Market St.||Smithfield||NC||27577||Johnston|
|901 S. Brightleaf Blvd||Smithfield||NC||27577||Johnston|
|10601 E. Nc 97||Rocky Mount||NC||27803||Nash|
|1441 Hunterhill Road||Rocky Mount||NC||27804||Nash|
|430 Goldrock Rd.||Rocky Mount||NC||27804||Nash|
|1151 Eastern Ave||Nashville||NC||27856||Nash|
|603 E Nash Street||Spring Hope||NC||27882||Nash|
|5959 Triangle Town Blvd||Raleigh||NC||27616||Wake|
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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.
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.
Thanks to our community partners!
These companies and organizations have come through in a big way to help end hunger in NC: