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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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen for powerful stories throughout the day as MIX 101.5 broadcasts live from Food Lion on Lake Boone Trail.
|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
Food, fun and phone calls keep the BackPack Buddies mediathon moving. Watch …
|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
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
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 …
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.