FAWhat does the name Inter-Faith Food Shuttle mean?


Frequently Asked Questions


Where does the name Inter-Faith Food Shuttle come from? Are you religiously affiliated?

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle began when our two co-founders, Jill Staton Bullard and Maxine Solomon, gathered volunteers from each of their congregations– Jill is Christian and Maxine is Jewish – to help with recovering and distributing food. Their kids both independently came up with the name to represent people of different faiths coming together for a common purpose – shuttling food for hunger relief. We have never been a religious organization, and today our staff and volunteers are of all faiths and no faiths, still all working together to end hunger.

Where can I get food?

Our Mobile Markets meet people at their point of need - in their own neighborhood. Our nine partner sites across the Triangle host monthly distributions where any community member is welcome to ‘shop’ for food - free of cost. Every Mobile Market is staffed with community volunteers who create a safe and respectful space where all are welcome. See Mobile Market locations and more food resources here.

How can I take a nutrition class?

The Food Shuttle offers Cooking Matters Nutrition Education classes and grocery store tours to those who are served by select partner agencies. You can find a list of these agencies on the Nutrition Education page.

How can I be part of the Culinary Job Training Program?

We run multiple 11-week classes each year. Find application materials here, or contact Bevin Sekora at 919-256-3880 or Bevin@FoodShuttle.org

How can I volunteer?

All our volunteer opportunities are listed here. Take a look and see which one you might be interested in, and then fill out the appropriate form!

Can I do community service with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle?

We accept volunteers for community service ages 18 and up, in our warehouse. Visit our Volunteers page to sign up.

How can I get my kids involved?

Kids can do food drives, too! We’ve had kids even ask for donations instead of gifts for their birthdays. Food and fund drives are great ways to teach kids about hunger and show them that they can have an impact!

Plant a Row for the Hungry is another great way to get kids involved! Kids can help by growing fruits and veggies for their neighbors in need with backyard, community, or school gardens!

We welcome children with families or parents at our Durham Community Garden during regular work days (Saturdays 4p-6p).

On the Food Shuttle Farm, children with their families or parents are welcome on Saturdays 7a-9a or 9a-11a (early to beat the heat), and we have kid-focused Family Farm Days on the last Saturday of each month. However, we cannot accommodate children under age 5. Email Volunteers@FoodShuttle.org to confirm family work days. 

Field Gleaning is also a great volunteer opportunity for kids – we welcome children with families or parents and groups with adequate adult supervision.

We also welcome groups of kids with supervision to help pack BackPacks for kids and Grocery Bags for Seniors in our warehouse.

Visit our volunteer page for more information and to schedule a time to volunteer!

How can I donate food?

Please drop off your items at IFFS headquarters at 1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh 8a-3:30p Monday-Friday. Find more information on what to donate and how to hold a food drive here.

How do I start a BackPack Buddies program at my child’s school?

We distribute BackPacks through partnership with schools. To find out if your child’s school is on the list, or to find out how to start a program, contact Amber@FoodShuttle.org or call 919-390-1957.

To find a summer meal site, Text FOOD to 877-877 or call the National Hunger Hotline (1-866-348-6479).

How can I start a community garden at my church/school/etc.?