The MIX 101.5/WRAL-TV BackPack Buddies MediaThon raised more than $219,198 and 10,000 pounds of food Wednesday in a day-long community event on TV, radio, and social media. The food and funds benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s child hunger programs.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is feeding children at risk of hunger right now, and nurturing long-term solutions that provide access to fresh, healthy food. 


BackPack Buddies: Donate

BackPack Buddies: Watch and Listen

The MIX 101.5/WRAL-TV BackPack Buddies MediaThon is a day-long community event on TV, radio, the web and your mobile device to raise food and funds for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s child hunger programs.


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is feeding children at risk of hunger right now, and nurturing long-term solutions that provide access to fresh, healthy food.



ON TV: Watch and call in to WRAL-TV from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for stories about how your donations help fight child hunger in our community.


Park West VillageON RADIO: ​Listen for powerful stories throughout the day as MIX 101.5 broadcasts live from two locations.Drop off your donations of cash, checks and non-perishable food and meet our team from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


1.  Park West Village, at the southwest corner of Cary Parkway and NC-54/Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville




Food Lion Feeds Logo RD8 v12.  Food Lion in the Six Forks Station Shopping Center at the corner of Six Forks and Strickland. 9521 Strickland Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615





What to bring: Healthy snacks, breakfast bars, canned stews, veggies, noodles, fruit, juice. 



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Child hunger in North Carolina

1 in 4 children in North Carolina is at risk of hunger

564,240 children are going hungry across our state

53 percent of NC school children applied for free and reduced price lunch in the 2014/15 school year.

Between 2010 and 2015, North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top 10 states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages. 

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BackPack Buddies: Donate

How your donation helps

Donate $35 monthly: $35 fills a child’s BackPack for one month. BackPack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year.

Donate $350: $350 fills a child’s BackPack for an entire school year

Donate $500: $500 funds a day of free summer meals from our food truck. The “Mobile Tastiness Machine” drives into different low-income neighborhood sites each day to serve free, healthy summer meals to kids.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle food truck

Donate $1,000: $1,000 fills school pantries with produce for 1 month. School pantries provide fresh produce and non-perishable foods to students at 13 schools in low-income neighborhoods, creating sources of healthy food where children and families learn and work.


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle school pantry

BackPack Buddies: Volunteer

Give your time, talents

It takes an army of volunteers to fuel the great work of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. We can use your hands, heads and heart to fulfill our mission!

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Rally with us to say: “Childhood hunger is unacceptable!”

Ending childhood hunger is only possible if we all work together.

BackPack Buddies: Our Partners

Thanks to our community partners!

These companies and organizations have come through in a big way to help end hunger in NC:


Caliber Collision


Empire Eats

AXA Advisors

Michael & Son


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Raleigh Premium Cabinets

Brigs Restaurants

Moore & Van Allen


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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle.  Hunger IS fixable if the community works together to do 2 things: create sources of healthy food in every low-income neighborhood and grow opportunities for people to provide for themselves by learning job skills or growing their own food.  From BackPack Buddies  to nutrition education, mobile markets  to urban gardens, culinary job training to urban agriculture training, IFFS programs go directly to people in need and create what works to empower them.  We feed. We teach. We grow…to create a hunger-free—and healthy— community.
Children’s Hunger Relief Programs
During the 2013/2014 school year, IFFS’ signature BackPack Buddies program fed 1,850 children by distributing over 68,450 backpacks filled with nutritious weekend meals. But with 121,000 children at risk of hunger in the  IFFS 7-county service area,  IFFS deploys multiple approaches: 
  • IFFS stocks school pantries, kids cafes, and after-school snacks.
  • The IFFS Food Truck, (aka Mobile Tastiness Machine) drives into low income neighborhoods and delivers hot, cooked meals FREE to children  age 18 and under.
  • Nutrition educators teach children and families how to cook healthy meals and how to shop for nutritious food on a budget.

Inter-Faith food Shuttle is powered by over 6000 volunteers. To volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit


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Community Partnerships

Donate to Michael & Son Services - Get a $25 Discount!

We’ve all experienced that gnawing feeling in the pit of our stomach telling us it’s lunch or dinnertime.  Imagine having a child who fights that feeling every day. Please partner with Michael & Son Services in its fourth year of supporting of Backpack Buddies. At each service call, Michael & Son Services will offer a $25 discount to any customer who fills a grocery bag with non-perishable, healthy food items. You can also drop off food items at Michael and Son’s Raleigh office location.  Click here for more details and to make an appointment.