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Lynda Loveland: Help hungry kids at Backpack Buddies Food Drive

Posted August 22, 2012
Updated August 23, 2012

I am always worrying if my kids are eating the right things. I take great pains to make sure they have well-balanced, healthy meals every day.

But for many families, it’s a struggle just to get food on the table! Imagine 111,000 kids in our area. Now imagine those kids not having enough to eat over the weekend. They get free or reduced breakfasts and lunches at school, but they’re on their own over the weekend. At a time when food is absolutely vital to their growth and development, they are going hungry, right here, in North Carolina.

Mix 101.5 is teaming up Thursday with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to collect money and healthy, non-perishable food to feed those kids during our Backpack Buddies Food Drive. The Food Shuttle fills up backpacks with six balanced meals and snacks and sends them home on Friday with kids who need them.

There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about choosing schools and test scores and the like, but the real issue is making sure no child goes hungry. Grades aren’t going to mean much if all a child can think about is food and the lack of it. Lynda Loveland

Mix 101.5 will be at Crabtree Valley Mall and Crossroads Plaza from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday. If you can’t swing by, you can donate online anytime at I’ll be at Crabtree from 6 a.m. to noon. I look forward to seeing you! Thank you for caring and making a difference.

Food to donate (should be child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and individual-sized)
Pop-top canned fruits and vegetables
Individual-sized breakfast items like oatmeal, cereals, and grits
Pop-top canned meats and fish
Healthy snacks: granola bars, Goldfish, dried fruit and raisins
Packaged noodles
Meat-based soups and stews
100% juice in cans, plastic bottles or boxes
Individual-sized shelf-stable milk

Do not bring
Sugary snacks such as Pop-tarts and cookies
Spam and Vienna Sausage
Soft-top applesauce, fruit, or Jello
Juice in pouches
Sugary cereals

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays. Find her all the time on her Facebook page.


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  • livinggood2 Aug 23, 2012

    I`m not trying to be mean,but doesn`t Food Stamps help these guys?

  • justabumer Aug 23, 2012

    This is a great project. Our Methodist Church (Cumberland Methidist, near Fayetteville) has been doing this for the local elementary school for several years. For Thanksgiving and Christmas we send home fixings for the holiday meal for the entire family.

  • storchheim Aug 23, 2012

    Agree with computer trainer...where's all the food stamp money going? Why are we giving out food stamps if the kids still go hungry after being fed outside the home all week?

    We simply have to reform welfare, since the parents can't be responsible with the free money we give them.

  • missparrothead Aug 23, 2012

    My heart goes out to these children. So glad to see this program continued!

  • computer trainer Aug 23, 2012

    It is unreal that in this country that children are going hungry. I do have a question though. If these kids are getting free and reduced lunch at school, then are they not on welfare? If they are on welfare, why does that welfare money not extend to feeding them on the weekend?

  • shall6 Aug 23, 2012

    That's awesome! It is such a great program!


  • bjgupton Aug 23, 2012

    Churches in Angier, NC team together each week during the school year to make sure the children receive a backpack each weekend. It is a mission that is done every week - and I am proud to be able to donate to this worthy cause whenever I can. Special shout out to Angier Baptist and its members who tirelessly work each week to make sure this happens!!!