For APATT’s Feature Friday, we want to put the spotlight on an amazing hunger-relief organization here in Raleigh called Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) has a mission to end hunger and they have numerous programs put in place to achieve this goal. There are many different ways that IFFS assists individuals experiencing hunger in the community. From programs such as BackPack Buddies where children in food-insecure locations are sent home with meals for the weekend, to Mobile Markets where groceries and produce are distributed in areas in need, IFFS has a variety of ways that it aids in feeding the hungry.
Not only does IFFS have programs that distribute food, but it also has developed different teaching programs. There are Culinary Job Training programs, as well as Agricultural Training programs, and a phenomenal Nutrition Education division. One project that they coordinate is Cooking Matters, a six-week, hands-on cooking course geared toward learning how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. It is offered for families, children, teens, and adults, and IFFS has been able to coordinate many classes throughout the Triangle region. They also organize Cooking Matters at the Store, a program where participants take a guided tour around the grocery store, while learning how to distinguish which foods should be avoided, which foods are healthier, and how they can purchase healthier food items while on a budget.
At Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, employees are working everyday to end hunger, and these are just a few of the impressive programs they have implemented. The staff and volunteers truly have a passion for working together to put an end to hunger, and Raleigh is lucky to have Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in our community.