Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Job Training, Food, Human Services
Location: 1001 Blair Drive PO Box 14638 Raleigh NC 27620 USA
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. We believe that hunger is unacceptable. We build people, jobs, and a hunger-free community. We feed, teach, and grow across many different programs, spanning food distribution, nutrition education, job training, and sustainable agriculture.
Results: This past year we rescued over 7.1 million pounds of food from more than 365 donors and distributed to 223 programs and 187 agencies in 7 counties, serving an average of 64,900 adults and children per month with a focus on fresh produce and healthy proteins.
Geographic areas served: 7 counties in North Carolina: Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Nash, and Edgecombe.
Programs: Food Recovery and Distribution, Field Gleaning, Children's Hunger Relief Programs (BackPack Buddies, Kids Cafes, Afterschool SNACKS, Summer Feeding, School Pantries), Mobile Farmers Markets, Grocery Bags for Seniors, Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, Young Farmer Training, Culinary Job Training Program, Catering with a Cause, Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture, Teaching Farm, Incubator Farm Program, Nutrition Education (Cooking Matters, Food Matters, Cooking Matters at the Store), and trainings and workshops on sustainable agriculture in our farms and gardens throughout the Triangle.
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2 people found this review helpful
I volunteer at IFFS every month, usually sorting food or filling backpacks for their Backpack Buddy program. It is amazing how much food comes in and out of their facility every day! There is always something to do and I always get a great workout lifting cans instead of free weights.
The backpacks are given out at local schools on Fridays for students that receive free school lunches to take home and have meals over the weekend. They bring the empty backpacks back on Monday and the cycle starts over. The last time I was there my group of 7 assembled 200 bags in about 90 minutes.
After the recent tornadoes IFFS handed out food to anyone that came without any questions or forms - a true blessing while everyone was still talking to insurance companies, FEMA, etc.
They have other programs that I have not been involved in like a cooking program that prepares hot food while preparing the unemployed for new careers in the restaurant industry.
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Knowing that I've made a difference in the lives of children that otherwise might be hungry for 2-3 days.
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Extend the backpack program to handle the year round calendar some of the Wake County schools use.
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