First Tennessee Bank has presented Inter-Faith Food Shuttle with a check for $20,000. The donation will support the organization’s BackPack Buddies program, which provides children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year.
IFFS is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle region. Their programs create sources of healthy food in low-income neighborhoods and grow self-sufficiency through teaching culinary job skills, cooking healthy on a budget, and how to grow food.
In the seven counties alone, over 118,000 children applied to receive free or reduced-price lunch for the 2014-2015 school year. That’s almost 44 percent of all children in public school systems that are at risk of hunger. IFFS’ BackPack Buddies program provides these children with backpacks loaded with six healthy meals and two snacks to get them through the weekend. Statewide, the number increases to almost 53 percent of children seeking free or reduced-price lunch.
“First Tennessee Bank sees great value in the BackPack buddies program and has supported it for several years,” said Keith Sherman, senior vice president of corporate banking and also a longtime board member with IFFS. “Efforts like this program will go a long way toward eradicating hunger and providing children with the sustenance and energy they need to excel in school.”
For more information on Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, visit www.foodshuttle.org. To learn more about First Tennessee Bank, visit www.FirstTennessee.com.