BackPack Buddies feeds hungry kids
Posted July 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2018 10:05 p.m. EDT
Child hunger in North Carolina
- 1 in 5 children in North Carolina is at risk of hunger
- Close to 500,000 children are going hungry across our state
- More than 118,000 children in the Food Shuttle’s 7-county service area applied to receive free and reduced price lunch. That’s almost 54% of school-aged children in these public school systems.
- North Carolina has the 10th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation.
On July 18, MIX 101.5, WRAL-TV and the generous residents of the Triangle joined forces to raise funds and food donations in a day-long community event on TV, radio, and social media. The food and funds benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s child hunger programs.
The 2018 mediathon raised more than $186,000 and 3,800 pounds of food.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is feeding children at risk of hunger right now, and nurturing long-term solutions that provide access to fresh, healthy food.
How your donation helps
Sponsor a Child’s BackPack: $35 every month means that a child knows you’ll always be there. By becoming a recurring BackPack Buddies sponsor, you ensure that a child’s BackPack is full every weekend with six nutritious meals and six snacks.
A one-time $365 donation fills and fully funds one child’s BackPack for an entire school year.
We fight childhood hunger on every level! Your donation also helps fund hot summer meals, our food truck, nutrition education and school pantries. See how you can make a difference:
$100 funds 30 hot meals from the Food Shuttle Kitchen delivered to our child summer feeding partner agencies.
$500 funds a day of free summer meals from our food truck. The “Mobile Tastiness Machine” drives into different low-income neighborhood sites each day to serve free healthy summer meals to kids.
$1,500 funds a cooking class for six weeks and a lifetime of healthy eating life skills for 15 students.
Text "BackPack" to 33222 to donate any amount from your cellphone.
Drop off money, food
Bring your donation of non-perishable food or funds to one of our sponsor locations on July 18 between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and meet members of the WRAL-TV and MIX 101.5 teams.
Find us at the Food Lion in Lake Boone Shopping Center, 2420 Wycliff Road, in Raleigh, where our team will accept non-perishable food, cash or check donations.
Drop off food donations at a location near you
Donate non-perishable food at any Food Lion in Wake or Durham counties.
Search below – by town, street or zip code – for a list of Food Lion drop-off locations.
|Street Address||CITY||Zip||COUNTY||Phone number|
|980 KILDARE FARM ROAD||CARY||27511||WAKE||919-467-4168|
|5279 ROXBORO ROAD||DURHAM||27712||DURHAM||919-477-0438|
|1317 5TH AVENUE||GARNER||27529||WAKE||919-779-0770|
|4317 FALL OF THE NEUSE||RALEIGH||27609||WAKE||919-872-5376|
|5633 CREEDMOOR ROAD||RALEIGH||27612||WAKE||919-781-0597|
|2400 HOLLOWAY DRIVE||DURHAM||27703||DURHAM||919-598-1433|
|4510 CAPITAL BLVD||RALEIGH||27604||WAKE||919-876-8126|
|4711 HOPE VALLEY ROAD||DURHAM||27712||DURHAM||919-493-2352|
|114 WAKELON STREET||ZEBULON||27597||WAKE||919-269-6122|
|3808 GUESS ROAD||DURHAM||27705||DURHAM||919-471-0817|
|1338 NORTH MAIN STREET||FUQUAY VARINA||27526||WAKE||919-552-1388|
|9111 LEESVILLE ROAD||RALEIGH||27613||WAKE||919-848-6082|
|217 TIMBER DRIVE WEST||GARNER||27529||WAKE||919-779-5551|
|8320-100 LITCHFORD ROAD||RALEIGH||27602||WAKE||919-790-8146|
|3416 POOLE ROAD. SUITE 120||RALEIGH||27610||WAKE||919-231-6202|
|2458 SW CARY PARKWAY POINT||CARY||27513||WAKE||919-481-1822|
|2720 LAKE WHEELER ROAD||RALEIGH||27603||WAKE||919-755-3855|
|405 SOUTH MAIN STREET||ROLESVILLE||27571||WAKE||919-554-4018|
|7053 HWY 64||KNIGHTDALE||27545||WAKE||919-266-5164|
|900 NORTH MAYNARD ROAD||CARY||27513||WAKE||919-460-6274|
|3500 NORTH ROXBORO STREET||DURHAM||27704||DURHAM||919-220-7651|
|1100-122 RALEIGH ROAD||RALEIGH||27610||WAKE||919-829-7077|
|2837 WENDELL BLVD||WENDELL||27591||WAKE||910-365-3002|
|5861 HOLLY SPRINGS ROAD||CARY||27606||WAKE||919-233-9708|
|1908 MEREDITH DRIVE||DURHAM||27713||DURHAM||919-544-4180|
|517 NORTH MAIN STREET||HOLLY SPRINGS||27540||WAKE||919-557-1175|
|4621 HILLSBOROUGH ROAD||DURHAM||27705||DURHAM||919-309-0385|
|7971 FAYETTEVILLE ROAD||RALEIGH||27603||WAKE||919-772-0317|
|5621-113 LOUISBURG ROAD||RALEIGH||27604||WAKE||919-981-0402|
|2930 WEST MAIN STREET||DURHAM||27705||DURHAM||919-286-0400|
|3685 NEW BERN AVENUE||RALEIGH||27610||WAKE||919-231-7294|
|620 LAURA DUNCAN ROAD||APEX||27502||WAKE||919-362-3904|
|2000 CHAPEL HILL BLVD||DURHAM||27707||DURHAM||919-402-0190|
|1121 FALLS RIVER AVENUE||RALEIGH||27614||WAKE||919-847-1640|
|9521 STRICKLAND ROAD||RALEIGH||27615||WAKE||919-676-0141|
|3415 AVENT FERRY ROAD||RALEIGH||27609||WAKE||919-858-9772|
|1508 BROAD STREET||FUQUAY VARINA||27526||WAKE||919-577-1000|
|7713 LEADMINE ROAD||RALEIGH||27615||WAKE||919-518-1607|
|5426 SIX FORKS ROAD||RALEIGH||27609||WAKE||919-676-3386|
|2420 WYCLIFF ROAD||RALEIGH||27607||WAKE||919-571-3638|
|3151 CAPITAL BLVD||RALEIGH||27611||WAKE||919-790-6728|
|1777 WEST WILLIAMS STREET||APEX||27502||WAKE||919-362-1986|
|9567 CHAPEL HILL ROAD||MORRISVILLE||27560||WAKE||919-462-1542|
|4827 GROVE BARTON ROAD||RALEIGH||27613||WAKE||919-781-4437|
|3926 WESTERN BLVD||RALEIGH||27607||WAKE||919-664-8059|
|3417 NORTH MAIN STREET||FUQUAY VARINA||27526||WAKE||919-577-0555|
|7440-101 LOUISBURG ROAD||RALEIGH||27616||WAKE||919-875-1394|
|1601 CROSS LINK ROAD||RALEIGH||27610||WAKE||919-807-1395|
|3609 DAVIS DRIVE||MORRISVILLE||27519||WAKE||919-469-4195|
|8745 HOLLY SPRINGS ROAD||CARY||27539||WAKE||919-362-1738|
|12345 STRICKLAND ROAD||RALEIGH||27613||WAKE||919-846-3589|
|161 CRENSHAW CORNERS DRIVE||WAKE FOREST||27587||WAKE||919-569-0089|
|1030 NORTH ROGERS LANE||RALEIGH||27610||WAKE||919-792-0321|
|13200 NEW FALLS OF THE NEUESE RD||RALEIGH||27614||WAKE||919-562-8912|
|121 SHARRON ROAD||DURHAM||27703||DURHAM||919-596-2363|
|3022 FAYETTEVILLE STREET||DURHAM||27707||DURHAM||919-682-6242|
|6209 ROCK QUARRY ROAD||RALEIGH||27596||WAKE||919-772-5894|
|2121 TW ALEXANDER DRIVE, STE 107||MORRISVILLE||27560||DURHAM||919-598-1932|
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Give your time, talents
It takes an army of volunteers to fuel the great work of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and there are so many ways for YOU to get involved. Help pack BackPack Buddies, assist teaching a nutrition class or get your hands dirty in one of our community gardens or at our Food Shuttle Farm. Whatever your hunger-relief passion, we have a way for you to take action.
Share on social media
Use the hashtag #BackPackBuddies and help us spread the word that childhood hunger is unacceptable!
Encourage your friends and family on social media to give, volunteer or take action with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
Email this page to your friends.
Thanks to our community partners!
These companies and organizations have come through in a big way to help end hunger in NC:
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Capital Oaks Retirement Resort
Moore & Van Allen
Wynne Health Group LLC