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MIX101.5/WRAL-TV #BackPackBuddies Mediathon

A day-long community event on TV, radio, the web, and your mobile device to raise food and funds for our child hunger programs.


Though July 13th has come and gone, child hunger remains a large problem in our community. That’s why we’re still accepting online donations to #BackPackbuddies. Feed a child, by making a secure online donation
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How Your Donation Helps

  • $35 fills a child’s BackPack for 1 month
  • Become a monthly giver to feed a child year-round
  • $100 funds 30 hot meals from the Food Shuttle kitchen
  • $350 fills a BackPack for a school year
  • $350 can stock a school pantry with food for a month
  • $500 funds a day of free summer meals from our food truck


Thank you Corporate Sponsors!

These companies have come through in a big way to help end child hunger in NC:


Caliber Collision




Empire Eats Restaurants logo

AXA Advisors logo

Michael & Son logo


$2,000 – $2,500

Publix logo

Raleigh Premium Cabinets logo

Brigs Restaruants logo

Moore Van Allen logo

Food Donation Location Hosts

Park West Village logo   Food Lion Feeds logo

Child Hunger in North Carolina

In North Carolina, 1 in 4 children is at risk for hunger. North Carolina has a Childhood Food Insecurity rate of 26.1% (595,240 children) according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study.

In our 7 counties alone, over 118,000 children applied to receive free or reduced price lunch for the 2014-2015 school year. That’s almost 44% of all children in these public school systems that are at risk of hunger. Statewide, the number increases to almost 53% of children on free or reduced price lunch. Learn more.

How BackPack Buddies HelpsBackPack Buddies girl

BackPack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week. Local corporations, civic groups, and individuals help collect and pack bags with kid-friendly non-perishable food. Learn more.

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