Triangle charity expects to deliver 11,000 meals to children this summer

Posted June 24, 2014

— 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.


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  • 50s Child Jun 25, 2014

    As long as I pay for it myself, it's none of your business where I shop or how much I save.


  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    "Parents (single mothers most likely) who use their government credit card for items other than food for their children should be charge with child neglect/abuse."

    Nice comment < sarcasm >

    Let me educate you a bit.

    The government credit cards you refer to here, i.e. food stamp cards, can only be used to purchase edible goods, and nothing else - EVER!!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    In truth, you have no idea how it's spent. You see one or two who do or only appear to sell their food stamps for money and assume everyone on food stamps does it.

    Well they don't!!! Almost everyone I see using them at the store where I work looks like they desperately need them, and a great number of them are wearing the uniforms of fast food joints, discount and big box stores, home improvement store chains, grocery and drug store chains, convenience stores, and business you probably don't hesitate to shop at - all while you cut down and spread rumors about their hard working employees being paid peanuts.

    If the shoe isn't on your foot, you don't know, so don't pretend you do.

  • Southern Girl Jun 25, 2014

    Well I.D'Clare, paying the balance with another means like cash, probably gotten from selling food stamps so they can get the items not covered. It goes on all the time...where there is a will, they have a way. I just LOVE paying taxes and watching how it is spent!

  • Tim Blanchard Jun 25, 2014
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    I think it is great that a charity is doing that. If I knew that the money was being spent well, I will consider donating.

    However, to take the argument a little further, do not force me to pay taxes to then turn around pay for this. If I want to pay for charity, I will but do not steal my tax dollars at force of the IRS.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

    Bless the hearts of those in this program BIG.
    And bless the hearts of those who need them too.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

    And those of you cutting down those who need this help, yet probably patronize the minimum wage/low pay businesses they work at (yes they do, I see them coming into our store still wearing their work uniforms), need to think about where you're doing YOUR OWN business, because if you're saving a buck by shopping somewhere only to have to pay it back out in taxes because that business' low paid employees easily qualify for government benefits, then how much are you REALLY saving by shopping there???

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    Illegals don't qualify for government benefits.

    The only freebie they may get is their children attending public schools may get free meals there.

    Otherwise, they get nothing until they have legal documentation or a green card, or marry a US citizen.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    I work at a grocery store, so I know for a certainty that a customer can NOT use a food stamp card (which you called a government credit card) to purchase anything that inedible.

    Further, it cannot be used to purchase hot edible food like the prepared pizzas or hot fried chicken at grocery store delis, or at fast food restaurants, although it can be used to purchase them day-old and cold.

    If they are purchasing beer or cigarettes or dog food or soaps or toilet paper, etc., at the same time they're purchasing approved food stamp foods, the cashier scans the entire order, then the customer runs the food stamp card first which ferrets out the approved foods ONLY and pays for them ONLY, then a balance is left that the customer has to pay for with some other form of payment.


  • bpegram Jun 25, 2014

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    I wonder if the names and addresses of the children receiving these meals could be turned over to Child Protection Services. Parents (single mothers most likely) who use their government credit card for items other than food for their children should be charge with child neglect/abuse.