1 in 5 children in north carolina is at risk of hunger.

Backpack Buddies provides almost 2,900 children weekend meals.

BackPack Buddies is designed to provide children from low-income households with 10-12 pounds of nutritious kid friendly groceries for the weekend when free school lunches and breakfasts are not provided. The Food Shuttle works with each school system and individual schools to identify need.  School officials at each site then identify students to receive BackPack Buddies.  

Fast Facts

What We Do

  • Deliver almost 2,900 children BackPacks each week

  • Partner with over 80 schools across our service area

  • Pack and distribute bags with healthy nutritious food for the weekend

  • Last Fiscal Year: 96,000 BackPacks and 1,152,600 pounds of food were delivered

 Blue Cross Blue Shield employees fill bags for the InterFaith Food Shuttle's Backpack Buddies program. (Photo by Sara D. Davis for InterFaith Food Shuttle)

So what's in a backpack buddies Bag?

  • Each BackPack Buddies bag includes enough food for six meals and two snacks.

  • That's two proteins, two vegetables, one fruit, two noodles, two breakfasts, two milks, one 100% fruit juice and two snacks.


  • Get involved with PORCH Durham or PORCH Raleigh and start a neighborhood food drive.

  • Hold your own food drive for BackPack Buddies. We always need items to send home with hungry children over the weekend. Here's how to do it.

  • Fund a BackPack at your local school, see fundraisers below, or start your own!

  • Know of a need in your local community? Contact Amber to start up a BackPack Buddies program

When asking a 1st grade student what type of food he ate on the weekend, he replied ‘oh… we don’t eat on the weekend.’ When I asked him if he would like to be a ‘BackPack Buddy’ and explained the program to him, he started jumping up and down with an excited look on his face and exclaimed ‘YES, YES, YES!’”

— BackPack Buddies Coordinator

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle delivers almost 2,900 BackPack Buddies every week to children in need around the Triangle. Find out how it all happens! Originally produced by WRAL for 2017 #BackPackBuddies Mediathon.


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