MIX 101.5 hosts food drive for children

Posted August 17, 2009 2:19 p.m. EDT
Updated August 21, 2009 3:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.