Health
8:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break

The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is helping feed kids that aren't getting enough to eat this summer. 

Officials with the charity say about 116,000 Triangle students receive free and reduced-price lunch during the school year. They say many low-income families have trouble making up for that nutrition when kids are out of school.  

Inter-Faith Food Shutt;e offerings
The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle wants to deliver meals to hungry children throughout the summer.
Credit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Kyle Abrams manages child hunger programs for the Food Shuttle.  He says they're trying all sorts of ways to provide for the community.

"We serve hot meals to the kids at certain camps every day at lunch Monday through Friday," Abrams says. 

"Another way we're doing this is the food truck that we take into neighborhoods – low-income neighborhoods – that we really try and serve during the school year as well.  Kids get meals that are cooked right off of the truck."

The Food Shuttle wants to deliver 11,000 meals during the summer break.   Abrams says they're focusing on areas that have become "food deserts".

"Access to food is one of the hardest and biggest problems to fighting hunger – especially for children who have trouble transporting themselves from place to place," he says.  "The biggest food desert that we focus on right now is in Southeast Raleigh – meaning that there's not enough grocery stores to adequately have access for all the residents in the area."

The food shuttle serves families in seven counties.  You can find more information on how to help at foodshuttle.org.