Food Shuttle Staff Step Up to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian churned away up the East Coast of the Carolinas, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle staff and volunteers stepped up to be good neighbors to those affected by the storm’s fury.  An army of volunteers from the Food Shuttle offices joined forces with their fellows from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to pack disaster relief meal boxes for folks in Wilmington and New Bern, where storm conditions had already forced food bank closures. Workers of all ages formed double assembly lines, packing boxes of cereal, canned goods, pasta, peanut butter and snack crackers—all along serenaded by the tunes of the Rolling Stones, the B52s, Portugal the Man, Tom Petty and others.  By the end of three hours of working in the Food Bank warehouse, the crew had packed up 29,670 lbs. of food which will translate to 24,725 meals for Dorian’s victims on the coast.  Maya Ticku, a student intern at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle who volunteered at the event, said, “It was nice to come together with others in the area to help give back. It is very rewarding to know that a little effort can make a big difference in someone’s life.” 

In other efforts to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Dorian, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle held a short-lived campaign to raise funds to purchase bottled drinking water to send to send to the coast.  In the first 36 hours, the campaign raised over $4,800. “This money will go far in providing a critical item to our neighbors devastated by the storm.  We’re touched by the level of the response,” said Rachel Quigley, Communications and Events Manager at Food Shuttle.

CBS 17 Volunteers with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on the 2019 Nexstar Founder's Day of Caring

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle welcomes employees from CBS 17 to the Food Shuttle Farm and Child Food Hub for a Day of Caring.

Monday, June 17, is Nexstar Media’s 2019 Founder’s Day of Caring! To commemorate the holiday, CBS 17 employees spent their Monday donating their time and talent working in service to the community.

Our CBS 17 team worked with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Durham, the Food Shuttle Farm in Raleigh and the Urban Ministry in Fayetteville.

Groups worked to support these worthy organizations by assembling and providing grocery bags for seniors, sorting food donations for Backpack Buddies which are filled with essential meals and snacks for children in need of emergency food relief, and helping the warehouse staff with food recovery sorting.

Another group of our adventurous CBS 17’ers went out on the farm and assisted farm staff pulling weeds, transplanting crops and preparing produce for distribution.

We at CBS 17 are proud to care about our community and encourage all businesses to consider a similar effort and come together for the greater good of the community in a tangible way.

Thank You: Hunger Action Month Community Partners

Thank You: Hunger Action Month Community Partners

The Food Shuttle is grateful for their supporters during Hunger Action Month. Food drive partners donated and sorted over 12,976 pounds of food to support BackPack Buddies, Hurricane Florence relief, School Pantries, Grocery Bags for Seniors, and Mobile Markets. The Food Shuttle distributed over 345,000 meals during Hunger Action Month with the support of our volunteer partners. Volunteers gave almost 2,000 hours of their time and talents.