FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jul 26, 2011—
Raleigh, NC - Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is providing a Hunger Free Summer for thousands of children in the Triangle while school is out for the summer, including 150 children from the Stony Brook neighborhood whose families are still recovering from the April tornadoes.
“There are more than 110,000 children participating in the free and reduced lunch program in the Triangle during the public school year. Unfortunately, it is a huge struggle for the majority of these families to feed their children during the summer,” said Kia Baker, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Director of Food Recovery & Distribution. “Inter-Faith Food Shuttle goes directly to the neighborhoods where these children live, camp, and play during the summer and provides them with healthy, nutritious food. At each of our eight sites, children receive hot lunches daily and bags filled with five breakfast meals and five snacks to take home. By summer’s end, we will provide more than 42,000 meals over ten weeks. The heartbreaking truth is that our food is critical to many families’ ability to feed their children. Without our Hunger Free Summer program thousands of children may not eat in our community.”
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Hunger Fee Summer operates during the weeks that traditional school calendar is not in session (6/13/2011-8/19/2011).
Eight IFFS Hunger Free Summer Sites:
- Stony Brook Community (Wake County) – *Tornado Relief* - Serves up to 150 children daily. Partnership: Centro Internacional de Raleigh
- Franklin Village (East Durham - Alston Ave. and Taylor St) - Serves 150 children daily. Partnerships: East Durham Children’s Initiative and City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services
- KaBoom Playground at Shepherd’s House UMC (East Durham - N. Driver and Main St) - Serves up to 100 children daily. Partnerships: East Durham Children’s Initiative and City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services
- Five other enrolled, camp-based sites
The Hunger Free Summer program is supported in part by a grant from the ConAgra Foundation.Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed toend hunger in our community. www.foodshuttle.org.