** Mark your calendars for William’s 4th Annual Food Drive for Backpack Buddies on Saturday, April 16th. Find more details including how to sign up to volunteer here. **
Looking around the Triangle area with all it’s universities, companies, and relatively low unemployment rate, it can be hard to imagine that anyone is going hungry. Especially children.
One group in our area trying to help is the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS). The IFFS works in 7 counties in the Triangle area (Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Nash, & Edgecombe) to end hunger in 3 ways – feed, teach, and grow. They feed approximately 57,000 adults and children each month.
The hardest numbers for me, as a parent, to hear were how many children were at need of food. Such a simple, basic need. 1 in 4 children in the state of North Carolina is at risk of hunger. That number is large enough. Scarier? Almost 46% of all children in the public school systems within the 7 counties served by IFFS are at risk of hunger.
Mission: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community.
Food and good nutrition are vital for kids’ development and behavior.1 Our public schools offer reduced and/or free breakfast and lunch options to try to help, but what about when kids aren’t in school? That’s one need IFFS is trying to fill through their Backpack Buddies program.
Backpack Buddies fills & delivers “1400+ backpacks weekly with nutritious weekend meals.” Collections take place throughout the year. My son’s elementary school accepted donations a couple months ago to send to the Backpack Buddies program at a nearby school. It was a simple way to help our fellow neighbors, but also to educate elementary school children.
IFFS offers numerous other programs for other members of our community as well and has opportunities for every age to assist. See their website (linked below) for further details.