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BackPack Buddies

THANK YOU

Because of you, we had another amazing year of the MIX 101.5 / WRAL TV BackPack Buddies Mediathon for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Your food donations and monetary contributions will change the lives of the almost 500,000 children in North Carolina that are suffering from childhood hunger. For that, we thank you!

 

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 will join 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 2017 mediathon raised nearly $200,000 and collected 10,000 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.

Learn more about hunger in NC

BackPack Buddies: Donate

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.

$500funds 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 25 school pantries in 4 counties, serving over 2,000 people every month.

Text “BackPack” to 33222 to donate any amount from your cellphone.

BackPack Buddies: Donate

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.

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 to 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 Food Lion on Lake Boone Trail.

 

BackPack Buddies: Watch and Listen

BackPack Buddies raises $180,000 BackPack Buddies Mediathon wraps up day of giving
Generous donors blew past the goal to raise $188,000 for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle programs. Watch …
BackPack Buddies feeds hungry children BackPack Buddies feeds hungry children
Food, fun and phone calls keep the BackPack Buddies mediathon moving.  Watch …
Teens 'Do Something' at food pantry to help neighbors Teens ‘Do Something’ at food pantry to help neighbors
West Johnston High School’s ‘Do Something’ club runs a pantry for families in their area. Watch …
Kids learn to choose, cook healthy meals Kids learn to choose, cook healthy meals
At Eastway Elementary in Durham, young children, like Antonio Johnson, are learning that healthy and tasty food is well within their reach. Watch …
Volunteers deliver food, fun for hungry kids Volunteers deliver food, fun for hungry kids
Dozens of sites in Wake County offer free meals to children and their parents to fill the summer gap for those who usually get a free or reduced lunch at school.. Watch …

More stories of help and hope …

BackPack Buddies: Volunteer

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.

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Local Weather

Detailed weather forecast courtesy of WRAL.com

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
08/19 80%
High 87° / Low 71°
Thunderstorm
Monday
08/20 80%
High 84° / Low 72°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
08/21 90%
High 89° / Low 72°
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
08/22 20%
High 88° / Low 66°
Clear
Thursday
08/23 0%
High 82° / Low 63°

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
08/19 80%
High 87° / Low 71°
Thunderstorm
Monday
08/20 80%
High 84° / Low 72°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
08/21 90%
High 89° / Low 72°

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday
08/19 80%
High 87° / Low 71°
Thunderstorm
Monday
08/20 80%
High 84° / Low 72°