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Learn, Listen, Watch, Give — Thank you for your donations to the MIX 101.5/WRAL TV Mediathon!

Collectively, we raised $188,000 and over two tons of food for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle!
Child Hunger in North Carolina

1 in 4 children in North Carolina is at risk of hunger

516,120 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 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation.

On July 19, MIX 101.5 and WRAL-TV will join forces to raise money and food 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.

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.

Learn more about hunger in NC

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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 $350 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.

$3,000 funds a school pantry for a whole year. The Food Shuttle operates 17 school pantries in 3 counties, serving over 2,000 people every month.

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Drop off money, food

Bring your donation of non-perishable food or funds to one of our sponsor locations on July 19 between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and meet members of the WRAL-TV and MIX 101.5 teams.

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1. Triangle Town Center

Find us at Triangle Town Center in the parking lot between Dillard’s and Orvis just off Sumner Boulevard, where our team will accept non-perishable food, cash or check donations.

(GPS: 3701 Sumner Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27616)

Click HERE for the Triangle Town Center website

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2. Food Lion

2420 Wycliff Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Find us at the Food Lion in Lake Boone Shopping Center at the corner of Lake Boone Trail and Wycliff Road, where our team will accept non-perishable food, cash or check donations.

Click HERE for Food Lion Feeds website

Drop off food donations at a location near you

Donate non-perishable food at Triangle Town Center or any Food Lion in Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Nash or Edgecombe counties.

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​Listen for powerful stories throughout the day as MIX 101.5 broadcasts live from two locations.

‘Food Drive Kid’ rasies funds for less fortunate peers
A youngster’s generosity of spirit and time means thousands for needy families. Watch …

Porch adds pickup element to the food drive
A Durham charity partners with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to maximize impact. Watch …

Caliber Collision is biggest donor to BackPack Buddies drive
Sponsor Caliber Collision provided the biggest boost of the 2016 BackPack Buddies mediathon with a $50,000 donation. Watch …

Pre-teen starts pantry to feed Wayne County neighbors
When she learned that nearly one in five people in Wayne County are uncertain about where their next meal is coming from, 12-year-old Kenzie Hinson decided to do her part to help solve that problem. Watch …

BackPack Buddies mediathon raises $200K+ for hungry kids
By the time WRAL-TV and MIX 101.5 FM stopped taking calls on July 13, 2016, generous donors had pledged more than $200,000 to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.Watch …

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.

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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.

Our Partners

Thanks to our community partners!

These companies and organizations have come through in a big way to help end hunger in NC:

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle. Hunger IS fixable if the community works together to do 2 things: create sources of healthy food in every low-income neighborhood and grow opportunities for people to provide for themselves by learning job skills or growing their own food. From BackPack Buddies to nutrition education, mobile markets to urban gardens, culinary job training to urban agriculture training, IFFS programs go directly to people in need and create what works to empower them. We feed. We teach. We grow…to create a hunger-free—and healthy— community.

Children’s Hunger Relief Programs

During the 2013/2014 school year, IFFS’ signature BackPack Buddies program fed 1,850 children by distributing over 68,450 backpacks filled with nutritious weekend meals. But with 121,000 children at risk of hunger in the  IFFS 7-county service area, IFFS deploys multiple approaches:

  • IFFS stocks school pantries, kids cafes, and after-school snacks.
  • The IFFS Food Truck, (aka Mobile Tastiness Machine) drives into low income neighborhoods and delivers hot, cooked meals FREE to children  age 18 and under.
  • Nutrition educators teach children and families how to cook healthy meals and how to shop for nutritious food on a budget.

Inter-Faith food Shuttle is powered by over 6000 volunteers. To volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit www.FoodShuttle.org.

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