Turkey Takeout 2011

One out of four children are hungry right here in the Triangle. This past Thursday, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle held its 5th annual “Turkey Takeout” event and distributed 500 turkeys, fresh produce, bread and pies to partner agencies and pantries for 500 families this Thanksgiving.  Without this distribution of food, hundreds of people in our community would go without a holiday meal. Thanks to community support, great food donor partnerships, our wonderful recipient agencies, and volunteers who braved the rain to come help out with this event, IFFS was able to distribute:

  • 500 Turkeys
  • 1000 lbs of Green Beans
  • 7000 lbs of Sweet Potatoes
  • 1350 lbs of Cabbage
  • 1000 lbs of Collards
  • 750 lbs of Croissants
  • 625 lbs of Desserts

All of this will go to make sure 500 families who may otherwise not have been able to enjoy a traditional holiday dinner can now do just that.  Pre-approved agencies and pantries sent representatives to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to pick up the meals and distribute them to people living with food hardship. Fords Produce and U.S. Foods provided 2,350 pounds of vegetables (cabbage & green beans), Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's own field gleaning program provided 8,000 pounds of fresh sweet potatoes  and collards gleaned from local NC farms to pair with the 500 turkeys, pies and bread.

“These tough economic times make Inter-Faith Food Shuttle work even harder to end hunger,” said Jill Staton Bullard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. “We are thrilled to be able to distribute holiday food for 500 families and are grateful to U.S. Foods and Fords Produce for donating fresh produce.”

Loading up a truck with food to go out to a recipient agency

Our wonderful volunteers!

Some of our recipient agencies included:

  • Alliance of Aids Services – Durham
  • Community Helpers – Knightdale
  • Catholic Parish Outreach – Raleigh
  • EL Vinculo - Siler City
  • Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry - Newton Grove
  • New Jerusalem Pentecostal – Rocky Mount
  • Southern High School Pantry – Durham
  • El Centro/Stoneybrook - Raleigh
  • Tarboro Community Outreach –Tarboro
  • Wake Relief – Raleigh
  • West Durham Baptist – Durham
The story of EL Vinculo, one benefiting agency in Siler City:
Highlights from the day:

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