Triangle charity expects to deliver 11,000 meals to children this summer
Posted June 24, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — More than 116,000 students in the Triangle area receive free or reduced-price lunch at school. For some, they eat two meals a day there. When they're out for summer, some families have trouble making up the difference.
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh hopes to fill that gap and help feed those children during the summer months. The group covers Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Edgecombe and Nash counties.
"All told, by summer's end, we expect to deliver 11,000 meals to several hundreds kids, but that's just a drop in the bucket," said Kyle Abrams, the food shuttle’s child hunger programs manager. “These kids really need the breakfast and lunch they get during the school year."
About 140 children in Triangle-area summer camps get fresh, healthy lunches every weekday from the program. For all the mouths being fed, there are tens of thousands more who need the help.
The food shuttle is reaching out in other ways this summer, including with a food truck. The group's Mobile Tastiness Machine travels to Raleigh housing communities all summer long, delivering fresh, weekly dinners.
“It cuts out the issue of transportation,” Abrams said. “We get the food right into the low-income neighborhoods that need the help.”
With 1 in 5 North Carolina households having trouble keeping food on the table, the work is far from done. Local food-aid programs need help all year round. Donations can be made to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.