Featuring a letter from Jill, big news in Durham, BackPack Buddies buzz, Plant-A-Row behind the scenes, HungerFreeNC look-back, volunteer spotlight & more!
MIX listeners once again rallied around the belief that 'No Child Should Be Hungry' and produced some BIG RESULTS - enough to feed 162 kids every weekend!
Jill writes her thanks to IFFS volunteers, new data from Feeding America, Q&A with ED Dave Koch, new classroom dedicated, Recipe of the Month...and more!
9-year-old William and over 150 volunteers collected 9,000 pounds of food and $10,000 in his 3rd annual Weekend for BackPack Buddies.
IFFS emphasizes healthy food, not just any food AND we use food as a means of teaching self-sufficiency. Here are some key items you can donate today:
Families helping Families. Kids helping kids. A community united by the belief that all children should come to school nourished and ready to learn. That is the heart of BackPack Buddies. [box type="note" size="medium" border="full"]EVENT INFO: August 20th #BackPackBuddies Drive with MIX 101.5[/box]
We are constantly inspired by the generosity of our community during our annual BackPack Buddies Drive with MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM. This year we hope YOU will join us Wednesday, August 20th as we change the lives of hungry children, one backpack at a time. Just read this testimonial from a BackPack Buddies Coordinator at one of our elementary schools:
"It just so happened a child mentioned to her teacher that she was hungry because she and her brother and her mother had to share one apple for breakfast that morning. They were hungry – they were out of food. And the next day I delivered a backpack of food to her classroom, and the teacher said that child lit up like a Christmas tree, she was so excited to see that food. That tells you that you’re making a difference right there.”
3 ways you can get involved with our BackPack Buddies Drive
- LISTEN to MIX 101.5 all day Wednesday and spread the word to all your friends! Join the conversation on Twitter (@FoodShuttle), Facebook (InterFaithFoodShuttle), and Instagram (@FoodShuttle) using #BackPackBuddies.
- DONATE $$ Just $35/month will feed a child every weekend for an entire year. Donate online all week by clicking here.
- DONATE FOOD Children need HEALTHY food, not just any food. Please donate non-refrigerated milk, 100% juices, meats & stews, breakfast items, and canned fruits & vegetables. Click here for more healthy donation suggestions.
2014 BackPack Buddies Drive locations
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and MIX 101.5 will be accepting food and/or monetary donations from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. On-air talent from MIX 101.5 will also be on-site and happy to meet you!
- Brier Creek - RTP (in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods) *NEW LOCATION*
- 6am-10am Gene & Julie
- 10am-3pm Diane Ramsey
- 3pm-6pm Jim Kelly
- Crossroads Plaza - Cary (in front of Old Navy)
- 6am-9am David Crabtree & Vanna Fox
- 9am-11am Vanna Fox
- 11am-3pm Gene & Julie
- 3pm-6pm Jami Caskey
Why give to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies?
The statistics for North Carolina are too high: 1-in-4 children is at risk for hunger. Here in our own backyard, the numbers are even more heart-wrenching. In the 7 counties IFFS services, nearly 116,000 low-income children (43%!) receive free and reduced-price lunch at school. But on weekends, bare cupboards and rumbling bellies are a reality for many of these children.
That's where Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies program steps in. BackPack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with 6 balanced meals and 2 healthy snacks at the end of every week. The child recipients - who are selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs - bring their food home discreetly each Friday in a backpack. And this backpack food completely changes what a weekend means for them and their families. Said one parent of a BackPack Buddies child recipient:
"The food bags have made a difference to my family by providing not only snacks that the children can open by themselves by also food that we can cook as a family."
BUT WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE!!
The school year is upon us, and we need YOUR help more than ever before. During the 2013-2014 school year, 1,850 children were served 68,450 BackPacks at 55 sites in 7 counties. And the need is growing.
If you are not in a position to give but would still like to make a difference, we encourage kind hearts of all ages to start your own fundraiser or hold a food drive of your own! You are never too young to help those in need, just ask William (aka “The Food Drive Kid”), the Riehs kids, Elle, or Campbell & Joe Thomas.
In addition, your corporation, church, or civic group can become a sponsor or partner for BackPack Buddies! In addition to providing funds & food, experience the rewarding feeling of packing & delivering the BackPacks to children at one of the schools we serve.
Click here to learn about Inter-Faith Food Shuttle programs targeting Children's Hunger, including mobile meals, school pantries, and kids cafes.
By Lindsay Humbert, IFFS Digital Media Specialist. Contact: Lindsay@foodshuttle.org
Eight-year-old William Winslow made his latest contribution (a $3,000 check from the National Peanut Board) to IFFS's BackPack Buddies program.
Many thanks to all who donated at this year's Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's BackPack Buddies Food Drive - thanks to you, we can not only better support the BackPack Buddies program, but 125 more local kids in need will receive a backpack filled with nutritious weekend meals to take home every Friday.
We CAN end hunger if we all work together!
For her birthday party this year, 7-year-old Elle asked for unusual gifts from her friends and family: canned veggies, soups, mac'n'cheese, oatmeal, granola bars and 100% juice boxes.
After volunteering in the Food Shuttle warehouse with the Duke School earlier this year, Elle heard about our BackPack Buddies program and decided she wanted to help kids her age who are hungry for her birthday instead of receiving gifts. Now, that's a generous attitude!
Elle and her Mom stopped by the Food Shuttle last week to bring 343 pounds of food for BackPack Buddies from Elle's birthday party! Enthusiastic and proud to share with others, Elle unloaded the food from her car to bring into the warehouse.
All the food donated from the birthday party will provide healthy meals for children over the weekend. We are so grateful to have young hunger fighters, like Elle, who realize they can make a difference for a neighbor in need. Elle, you are one awesome girl! Thanks for helping to feed kids in our community.
Want to help feed hungry children this school year? You can volunteer your time, donate money or host a food drive for BackPack Buddies.
Meet Hailey. She's an 8th grade Girl Scout with a compassionate and generous heart and for those in our community who are hungry. On January 8th, she organized a cookie rally for over 200 younger Girl Scouts to learn about how to sell Girl Scout cookies. Hailey added something more to the cookie rally, too. She asked the Girl Scouts to bring wholesome food for the Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies program!
Watch this video to hear more about the food drive from Hailey:
We were so thrilled to hear about Hailey's venture to make sure that kids in the community are not going hungry over the weekend. A Food Shuttle truck even made it out to the January 8th rally where 1,317 pounds of food were donated from Girl Scouts all over the area!
The 2010 Cary Area 19 Girl Scout Cookie Rally was hosted by Girl Scout Troop 328 and select other Teen scouts. Girl Scout Cookie sales continue through March 14th.