Catering with a cause

Food Shuttle Launches Horizon Catering

Food Shuttle Launches Horizon Catering

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is launching its new catering company, Horizon Catering, on Thursday, October 4th at 5 PM with a Happy Hour tasting. Horizon Catering uses fresh ingredients purchased from local farmers, often sourced from the Food Shuttle Farm. The Food Shuttle’s Culinary Apprenticeship Program will assist with production of catering orders. Join us for happy hour on Thursday, please email to RSVP or learn more about Horizon Catering at

“Food Is Beautiful”

September is Hunger Action Month. Learn how Inter-Faith Food Shuttle volunteers and staff BEET HUNGER every day -- through programs like our Culinary Job Training Program -- and how YOU can join in the fight through Catering with a Cause!

No one knows better than Kitty Banks how food can lead to opportunity. Over a decade ago, she was struggling and alone, but IFFS’ Culinary Job Training Program was the second chance she needed. Twelve years later Chef Kitty leads IFFS’ nonprofit catering service, Catering with a Cause. As Kitty says,

“Food is everything… it’s like the olive branch, able to cross many bridges to simply allow me to connect to all different types of people. If a child is mad or having a bad day, I can make them smile with a simple grape. Food is beautiful.”

The Culinary Job Training Program is an eleven-week hands-on program taught by IFFS’ professional chefs and a social worker. Men and women with severe life challenges are prepared for careers in food service by learning in the Food Shuttle commercial kitchen. The program addresses the root causes of hunger by teaching skills for self-sufficiency. Some of the graduates become paid interns who staff Catering with a Cause. All profits are reinvested in the Culinary Job Training Program and other hunger relief programs. Catering with Cause specializes in box lunches, and lunch and dinner buffets, using purchased ingredients from local sources where possible, and fresh vegetables in season from the IFFS Teaching Farm. In additional to their delicious regular menu, they've even got a seasonal autumn specials menu out - check it out here!

Help us BEET HUNGER by placing your next catering order with Catering with a Cause. It’s a delicious way to support your community! Donate today or sustain our programs year round with monthly Ground Level Giving.

Meet Rachael, our new Catering Manager!

The following is a letter from Rachael Carpenter, our new Catering Manager, to all friends of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle! We're very excited to have her -- Get ready to see a lot more of her around town, and consider Catering With A Cause for your next event -- proceeds go to support IFFS's proactive  hunger-relief programs! On behalf of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Catering With A Cause, I would like to introduce myself as the new Catering Manager. I am very excited to join the team and look forward to helping the Catering Program grow. I was first introduced to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle five years ago through Public Allies, NC. I completed my year of service in 2008 and continued to work at my placement until February of this year. I have a great interest in local food, gardening, and local restaurants and am excited to expand my experience with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Catering With A Cause, CWAC, is a revenue generating catering service staffed by graduates from our Culinary Job Training Program, specializing in breakfast, lunch & desserts. We are happy to provide boxed lunches for the office and extend our services to wedding events. CWAC is a delicious way to profoundly impact the community and offer our graduates an experience to use their newly mastered culinary skills!

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at, or 919-696-0073.

Best Regards,

Rachael Carpenter Catering Manager Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Job Opening: Catering Manager

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle currently has an opening in our Catering Program.  The purpose of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s not-for-profit catering program, Catering With A Cause,  is to generate revenue for funding our programs which work to end hunger in the greater Triangle.  Interested individuals should send a resume to Terri Hutter, COO Food Service/Job Training at

Catering Manager, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Reports to: COO Food Service/Culinary Job Training

How the catering program works:

  • Graduates are hired from our Culinary Job Training Program (CJTP)
  • Catering With A Cause serves as an extended training program for CJTP graduates to learn catering-specific skills before beginning a career in the food service industry
  • Meals are prepared in the kitchens of our headquarters and InterAct's Family Safety and Empowerment Center

Primary Duties

  • Catering sales and service
  • Start to finish customer service for catered events including menu selection, invoicing, and record keeping
  • Deliver, set up, serve, and break down events
  • Assist with food preparation as needed
  • Create menus for clients wanting custom ordered events
  • Create marketing materials for Catering With A Cause
  • Promote Catering With A Cause through social media sites, including blog posts

Additional Responsibilities

  • Represent Inter-Faith food Shuttle in the community through speaking engagements, community events, tours, fundraisers

Works closely with

  • Catering Kitchen Manager
  • Culinary Job Training Program Training Chef
  • Culinary Job Training Program Interns
  • IFFS Communications and Marketing team


  • 2 years catering or banquet service with sales and/or management experience
  • 1 year culinary experience
  • Current ServSafe certification or become certified within 90 days of hire
  • Valid NC Drivers License and clean driving record
  • Ability to lift up to 40lbs, repetitively lift 25lbs, stand for long periods, work in hot, cold and wet environment, and smile while you’re doing it
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed

For more information contact or visit our website

Catering with a Cause at the Capitol

Last week was national volunteer week, and Thursday, April 19th, our Catering with a Cause team served up some tasty treats at the reception for the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service Awards at the Capitol Building Rotunda in downtown Raleigh! Chef Terri even received compliments from Governor Bev Perdue on the spread as well! Catering with a Cause is a delicious way to impact your community!

The purpose of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s not-for-profit catering program is to generate revenue for funding our hunger-relief programs.

How the catering program works:

  • Graduates are hired from our Culinary Job Training Program (CJTP)
  • Catering with a Cause serves as an extended training program for CJTP graduates to learn catering-specific skills before beginning a career in the food service industry
  • Meals are prepared in the kitchens of our headquarters and at the kitchen we run at InterAct's Family Safety and Empowerment Center
  • Catering with a Cause focuses on providing boxed lunches and breakfast, but we can also customize menus for your event.

Contact us today for your next catered meal!  Call (919) 863-9675 or email for more information if your organization is interested in using Catering with a Cause for  your next meeting, event or gathering!

Will Allen - back in Raleigh Monday and Tuesday!

You might remember back in November when Will Allen gave a lecture at the CEFS event on sustainable agriculture at the McKimmon Center. Well, now Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., is coming back to Raleigh on April 5 and 6 to hold urban farming workshops for students at Longview High School, and kick off Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry! Here's a video about Will Allen and his work with youth and communities for urban agriculture.

On Monday and Tuesday, Will Allen will teach workshops to local students from Longview High School about urban agriculture. Topics will include urban farming, vermiculture composting and intensive gardening. His work with local foods and urban agriculture has inspired communities and organizations across the country and we are thrilled to have him join us in Raleigh on Monday to work with the Longview students!

Kick-Off and Reception Details for Community Garden at Alliance Medical Ministry

  • April 6, 2010 from 6-8pm
  • Will Allen will speak at the kick-off and answer questions for area students and those interested in urban agriculture.
  • Food for the reception will be provided by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Catering With A Cause.
  • The kick-off and reception is free and open to those who RSVP by emailing or call 919-250-0043

Find out more about Alliance Medical Ministry here.