MIX 101.5 hosts food drive for children

Posted August 17, 2009
Updated August 21, 2009

— MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM hosted its annual BackPack Buddies food drive Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bill Jordan and Vanna Fox were in front of Macy's at the Crabtree Valley Mall; Lynda Loveland and WRAL-TV's David Crabtree were outside Old Navy at Cary Crossroads.

David Crabtree fills backpacks for kids David Crabtree fills backpacks for kids

Both locations accepted donations of backpacks, cash and non-perishable food items to be shared with the more than 90,000 children in the Triangle who rely on free or reduced-price lunches.

On Fridays, Backpack Buddies gives each child a backpack filled with enough food for six healthy meals and two healthy snacks. Children return the empty packs and get a refill for the next weekend.

Donations to Backpack Buddies can be made year-round at the RightTime Kids Drop-in Child Care Centers in Cary, Morrisville, Garner and Raleigh.

Non-perishable food items that are needed include pop-top canned food (e.g. soups, Chef Boyardee, meats, tuna, fruits and vegetables), individual-sized cereal boxes, individually packaged crackers, healthy snacks (e.g. granola bars, oatmeal, breakfast bars), microwavable meals (e.g. macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles) and 100 percent juice in cans, plastic bottles or boxes.

In 2008, MIX 101.5 collected 7,116 pounds of food and almost $6,000 in monetary donations for the BackPack Buddies Program.


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  • Nikka Aug 21, 2009

    Unfortunately, none of that food will go to the truely needy... it will go to the lazy instead.

  • Desiderata Aug 20, 2009

    Agree with ANIMAL LOVER...besides...what are we really teaching these kids..don;t be responsible and the other people will pay for you and give you things...I 've worked multiple jobs to make ends meet and didn;t go having kids left and right....we fix animals to keep from over population...HINT HINT!

  • cubed32696 Aug 20, 2009

    HanginTough - perhaps you should look at the NC for eligibility for WIC

    WIC is available to pregnant, breast feeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five.

    Do your research before you shoot off at the mouth.

    A lot of these children have parents who work minimum wage jobs which puts them just over the limit to receive food stamps and such. Once they pay rent/mortgage, utilities there is little left for food. If fact there are a lot of laid off folks who now have to rely on such services. They're looking for work but it can take a long time to find another job.

    It is true that some exploit the system however, NOT EVERYONE HAS THEIR HANDS OUT FOR EVERYTHING! They just want to take care of their children. You cannot punish a child for what their parents do or not.

    As others have already said - those who do not understand the concept of going hungry should live in these children's shoes for a day

  • hott4rotts Aug 20, 2009

    I would like to inform people of a situation that happened in Durham during summer school this year. I have first hand knowledge so I know of what I speak. Kids getting the free breakfast and lunch..but too much for these kindergateners to finish. Teacher suggested they bring the non perishable food they could not eat back to the classroom, and they could eat it later as a snack, or take it home with them. So the children did this. Caf. Sup. found out and told teacher she could not do this. Teacher defied, and was reported to Durham Public School Super. and was notified she could not allow the children to retain any food from school, and any uneaten breakfast or lunch had to be thrown away.......go figure

  • Journey985 Aug 20, 2009

    Animal Lover.....Your comment regarding the donations for the Backpack Buddies was rude, insensitive and you should be ashamed of yourself. Not everyone has the means to eat a diet that is right for them, and they eat what they can. I hope one day your eyes are opened to the suffering of the children that go DAYS at a time with no food, and would be thankful for whatever they can get. You may be on here as Animal Lover, but your comments towards helping your fellow man are nothing short of PATHETIC!!!

  • missparrothead Aug 20, 2009

    Animal Lover-

    You are MEAN.

  • HanginTough Aug 20, 2009

    I kinda stand w Jouny985. Greene County schools run @ 90% free and reduced lunch. Kids that receive free and reduced lunch are elgible for this because their parents GET WELFARE aka WIC card where you can go to your local Food Lion and buy food FOR FREE or rather tax payer money. As we are living age of ENTITLEMENT where we all should have everything everyone else has whether we work for it or not I would love to help but cannot. Maybe we need to help those who dont qualify for a handout from the government...single mothers, single fathers, people who have lost jobs recently. These are the people that really need it - the ones that slip through the cracks or would never want to use welfare - I think this is a great idea in theory but wont actually reach the people that need it - only the ones that ALWAYS have their hand out.

  • mudmom2 Aug 20, 2009

    There are very healthy snacks out there you can get....if the "junk" bothers you donate $ so they can get the back packs. I will stop by and let my daughter donate so she can follow the story and she even knows some of the kids who get these backbacks and always wants to help...thanks ya

  • Journey985 Aug 20, 2009

    Thats fine Animal Lover, I hope you do not find yourself in the same position one day. Seems you love animals more than your fellow man. While some of the food may not be the best for the kids, it is better than an empty stomach. Totally selfish Animal Lover. If you look at the list carefully Animal Lover, NOT all the food listed is unhealthy, and it's YOU filling the pack with food, so put in there what you want!!! Your comment makes me SICK!!!!

    Great job Mix, I listen everyday and have already dropped off my backpack overflowing with food!!

  • kellyaustin96 Aug 20, 2009

    God Bless individuals who want to organize this effort. I know I will donate.

    The whole situation does bring up a good point. If government is so efficent in providing for those less fortunate, why do private individuals have to have charitable fund raisers. It is rhetorical question: government is inefficent and cannot do what it promises.

    So do you really want to entrust your health care to the government? I did not think so:)