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.
Over 121,000 children in our service area applied for free and reduced price meals, according to the Department of Public Instruction
1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger in North Carolina, according to Feeding America
What We Do
Deliver almost 2,900 children BackPacks each week
Partner with 80 schools across our service area
Pack and distribute bags with healthy nutritious food for the weekend
Last Fiscal Year: 80,000 BackPacks and 888,000 pounds of food were delivered
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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
Our Community Partners
Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor? See more information here.
Blue Cross NC goes above and beyond to ensure BackPack Buddies go to kids in need in Durham County. We wanted to learn a little bit more about one of the employees committed to making it happen.
Band Together board and committee members joined forces with their counterparts at the Food Shuttle on November 14th to kickoff fundraising as we head towards the main Band Together concert this spring.
DURHAM - Hundreds more children will have healthy food to eat with the opening of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Child Food Hub in Durham. The 7,000-square-foot warehouse on South Miami Boulevard near Research Triangle Park will serve as the hub for child-hunger programs, including BackPack Buddies and PORCH-Durham, as well as food pantries at schools in seven Triangle-area counties.
The Food Shuttle is opening its new Child Food Hub, a 7,000 sq. ft. facility that will lead the way in fighting childhood hunger in the Greater Triangle.
The 2018 Mix 101.5 WRAL-TV #BackPackBuddies Mediathon was a huge success! We raised more than $198,000 for our child hunger programs and collected two tons of food from area Food Lions.
Our annual Mediathon is tomorrow, June 18th! Here are the top 5 reasons to give to BackPack Buddies from our Advocacy Manager Julie Cox.
The Food Drive Kids, Alexander and William Winslow, are working hard in the fight against hunger through their food drives, donations, and community gardens!
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Blue Cross NC, Durham Bulls and Bland Landscaping collaboration to provide fresh produce for low-income families
In almost every school there is a need. Introducing one of our BackPack Buddies expansion schools...Middle Creek Elementary School in Apex.
Because of donations from WRAL's #BackPackBuddies and partners of all types across the Triangle, we are able to expand the fight to feed hungry children this school year!
WOW! You helped us raise more than $195,000 for our child hunger programs AND collect more than 10,000 pounds of food during our annual WRAL/Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM #BackPackBuddies Mediathon on July 19th.