40% of food that is grown, processed, and transported will never be consumed.
That's perfectly healthy food that could feed the hungry.
You've probably seen one of our fleet of Food Shuttle trucks on the road. Every day, Food Shuttle staff drivers and volunteers recover food from retailers, markets, wholesalers, farmers, and community food drives. 80% of this food is immediately distributed to partner pantries, soup kitchens, institutional kitchens, and other human service agencies, never seeing our small warehouse. Over the course of a year, 6 million pounds of recovered food is distributed to those in need - and 42% of that is fresh produce.
We recover food from over 350 food donors, including:
Individual food drives and donations
NC State Farmers Market
Not all food that we distribute, however, is donated. Some of our programs such as BackPack Buddies and School Pantries require so much food on a weekly basis, and a consistent quality of food, that we must make food purchases to keep up with the demand. Fortunately, as a Feeding America Food Bank, our purchasing power is greater than the average retail customer: we can provide 2.5 meals for every dollar donated.
How you can help
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Plant a Row for the Hungry is a national program created by The Garden Writers Association that encourages garden communities and individuals to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs to people in need. The Food Shuttle is the Plant a Row partner in the Triangle, distributing your home-grown produce to local food pantries, shelters, and other hunger-relief organizations. Just one pound of your fresh produce supplements four meals. Last year, 30,000 pounds of fresh produce were donated through our partner, Logan's Garden Shop.
We cannot accept produce grown with animal manure not composted to USDA Organic standards or sprayed with pesticides within two weeks of harvest.
Host a Food Drive
Each item you collect will make a difference for someone in our community. Food Drives help stock multiple programs, including BackPack Buddies, Grocery Bags for Seniors and School Pantries. Every item donated is one less we have to purchase.