A message from Jill Staton Bullard
Hanging in my office are several pictures that inspire me. But the ones that move me the most are photographs of the early volunteers who helped build this incredible organization...Cowboy, Ann Bumgardner, Maxine Solomon, Emilie Sigel, Karen Ridout, Paul Pope, Warren Shaw, and Clarence Williams, to name just a few. What truly defined them was their belief that hunger was unacceptable and, most importantly, their belief that they could make a difference. They really did what seemed impossible!
We still have passionate volunteers, doing the “impossible!" Look at William Winslow, whom the Huffington Post calls “this incredible kid.” For three years, William has raised food (14,000 pounds) and money ($21,000) to fight childhood hunger. His enthusiasm and passion enlisted people young and old to join in these food collections. He truly is "The Food Drive Kid!" William started these drives when he was eight, can you imagine what he has yet to do?
Then I see the “Army of Jamie’s” that the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation enlists weekend after weekend to improve our community. This “Army” epitomizes what Jamie stood for: creating a community where people care about each other all of the time. We are blessed to have them help us.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle volunteers have a unified passion and focus on building a community without hunger. They are a force for good that is truly changing our world here in North Carolina.
Newest data reveals 271,970 residents are food insecure in IFFS’ 7 counties
That’s 15.7% of total residents & 21.2% of children in the IFFS 7-county service area.
If you’re into maps, infographics, statistics, or hunger in your community, Feeding America's interactive Map the Meal Gap tool is worth the click.
WakeMed Farmers' Market bringing fresh, healthy food into Raleigh Food Desert
IFFS is collaborating on the WakeMed Farmers’ Market (located in the Southeast Raleigh food desert) to increase access to healthy food.
The market is open to the public, and will run most Tuesdays this summer. MORE INFO
Meet Dave Koch:
Q&A with IFFS’ Executive Director
Dave Koch officially joined the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle family in January as IFFS’ first Executive Director. He took the time to chat about his experience so far and introduce himself to the Food Shuttle’s online supporters.
Q: Your background prior to IFFS includes working with seniors, mental health patients, and refugees. How has this experience fit into IFFS? READ MORE
New Camden Street Learning Garden classroom dedicated to Jamie Kirk Hahn
“Inter-Faith Food Shuttle dedicates this place of learning in memory of Jamie Kirk Hahn for her devotion to justice, dedication to service, and determination to lift up the least, the last, and the lost. May all who walk through this door carry forward her mission and her light in the world.”
9,000 pounds of food, $10,000 collected for BackPack Buddies by “The Food Drive Kid”
9-year-old William and over 150 volunteers teamed up for unprecedented success in his 3rd annual Weekend for BackPack Buddies.
“If no one did this, there would be a world full of hungry kids,” he said.
Learning to Shop "Healthy on a Budget"
During his first week our new Major Gifts Officer, Ryan Clark, joined a grocery store tour led by our Nutrition Educators, and blogged about the experience.
"We learned how to scan product labels for healthy ingredients, how to compare unit costs, and how to meet our nutrition needs on a $10 budget," he writes.
Our 2014 Growing Report
Our easy-to-read 2014 Growing Report infographic illustrates the true difference that our volunteers, donors, staff, and partners make in the fight against hunger.
See the report in full here.
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