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WRAL to raise money, food for Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies

Posted July 14
Updated July 16

One in four children are at risk of hunger in North Carolina. But, thanks to amazing programs such as the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies, that hunger is kept at bay - for some. The program provides 2,100 children, who qualify for free school breakfasts and lucnhes, with weekend meals during the school year.

To support the effort, WRAL's annual BackPack Buddies Mediathon is set for next Wednesday, July 19, and will raise food and money for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

There will be a phone bank at WRAL throughout the day on Wednesday, July 19, to raise money. WRAL also will be collecting food at Triangle Town Center and Food Lion locations in Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Nash and Edgecombe counties. 101.5 WRAL-FM will be at the sponsor locations with live remotes throughout the day.

If you plan on donating food, the program needs specific kinds of foods that kids can easily open or prepare themselves.

That includes:

  • Proteins and stews such as canned soup, canned tuna and milk boxes
  • Breakfast items such as granola bars, individual cups of cereal and packets of instant oatmeal
  • Packaged noodles such as individual cups of macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Healthy snacks such as small boxes of raisins, applesauce pouches or granola bars
  • 100 percent juice boxes

People are asked not to bring sugary snacks such as cookies or Pop-Tarts; Spam and Vienna sausages; soft-top applesauce, fruit or Jello; candy; juice pouches; sugary cereals; and crackers, puddings or soft cereal bars.

WRAL's BackPack Buddies page has more information and details about how you can get involved.

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