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Feeding Change SPRING 2018

Your support of a local learning garden promotes peace and healing Something special’s happening at the corner of E. Geer Street and N. Roxboro Road in Durham. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Geer Street Learning Garden and Sunrise Recovery Resource Center are working together to showcase the restorative power of getting your hands a little dirty. “People in recovery are starting to think about what goes into their body, so having access to healthy fresh food is one part of it,” says Kay Coleman, Food Shuttle Urban Gardens Manager. “The other part is that gardening is good for the soul.”

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“This garden is truly a community garden,” says Destiney, a patron and peer recovery guide at Sunrise Recovery Resource Center. “The garden, the food that Kay brings over here, has definitely helped out many families.”

“It takes a lot off my mind if I can come over, dig in the dirt and plant some vegetables.”

The produce harvested from the Geer Street Learning Garden is delivered to —Taye three different Durham food pantries and community centers. Sunrise is the closest— not simply because it is across the street, but also because of the bonds formed between the Food Shuttle staff and the patrons at Sunrise. FIND US!

PIONEERING INNOVATIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS TO END HUNGER

Taye, another patron and peer recovery guide at Sunrise, put it best: “We try to promote good health here. Health is wealth.” Taye had never gardened before finding Sunrise and the Geer Street Learning Garden. “It takes a lot off my mind if I can come over, dig in the dirt and plant some vegetables. It keeps me in my Zen space, my grounded space, it’s holistic for me,” says Taye.

For the folks at Sunrise, and Garden Manager Kay, the power of soil has proven to change lives and bring a community together. FoodShuttle.org

Raleigh Office and Warehouse: 1001 Blair Drive, Suite 120 Raleigh 27603

Food Shuttle Farm: 2300 Dover Farm Road Raleigh, 27606

Camden Street Learning Garden: 315 Camden Street Raleigh, 27601

Geer Street Learning Garden: 110 E. Geer Street Durham, 27701

FoodShuttle @FoodShuttle @foodshuttle inter-faith-food-shuttle

MY GIFT TO HELP FEED HUNGRY NEIGHBORS Yes, Dave! I care about hungry children, families,

and seniors in my community.

I’M ENCLOSING: m $35 to provide 70 meals m $50 to provide 100 meals

m $150 to provide 300 meals m $______ to help as much as possible

m I prefer to give by credit card.

ACCOUNT NO. NAME SIGNATURE ADDRESS CITY / STATE / ZIP EMAIL ADDRESS

EXP. DATE

m I would like to donate $___________ automatically each month by the credit card. m Please call me about including Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in my will: (____)__________________________________ Mail: Return this completed form with your gift Phone: 919.256.3878 Online: FoodShuttle.org

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Development Dept. Suite 120 1001 Blair Drive Raleigh, NC 27603

“Rainey wants to be a chef. I’m just trying to push that inspiration.”

A fresh food revolution takes root

—Johnetta

You’re helping families in Raleigh and Durham learn to grow and cook their own food Brussels Sprouts! Those two words would be enough to strike terror in the heart of most 10-year-olds. But for Rainey, “Brussels sprouts!” is a proud proclamation … a rallying cry to lead the cooking and gardening revolution that’s blossoming right here in Raleigh and Durham. Rainey’s love of the tiny, aromatic cabbages stems from her family’s experience with the Food Shuttle’s agricultural programming. Her mother, Johnetta, has taken Seed to Supper adult gardening education and Rainey will soon graduate from our Sprout Scouts Cooking and Gardening Club. These free courses are designed to teach basic gardening skills and empower participants to

Feed. Teach. Grow.

cook with vegetables and fruits that they might not normally choose—all on a budget. “Not spending all of your budget at the grocery store is a great thing,” says Johnetta. “Rainey and all of us can now taste the difference between fresh foods and canned. She wants to be a chef. I’m just trying to continue to push that inspiration.”

Seeds of Change “I learned when different vegetables grow, when to eat them and how to cook them,” says Rainey. She recently started her own microgreens garden at home, where she cooks most of her family’s meals. Change often starts with our youngest generation. If we can get more children talking, eating and cooking like Rainey, we’re well on our way to a food revolution!

1001 Blair Drive, Suite 120 | Raleigh NC, 27603 | 919.250.0043 | FoodShuttle.org


Did you know?

A letter from our Executive Director, Dave Koch It’s an exciting time for growth here at the Food Shuttle!

267,360 people

in our seven-county service area don’t know where their next meal is coming from

5 million pounds

of healthy food is saved from being thrown away

Of the food Inter-Faith Food Shuttle distributes,

42 percent is fresh produce

Now in the second year of production at its new location, our farm is implementing a brand-new irrigation system and two new buildings, allowing us to handle much more produce than just a year ago. Almost 15,000 pounds of the fresh food harvested went directly to provide for those in need. Our child hunger programs are growing, too. We now deliver more than 2,300 BackPack Buddies a week and support 25 school pantries with fresh produce from the farm. This edition of Feeding Change showcases this time of growth. We have a family that has found a love of gardening and healthy eating through our urban agriculture programs. Our Geer Street Learning Garden is growing a community and changing lives. I invite you to grow your own community. Stop by our Farm Stand at 2300 Dover Farm Rd, open Fridays and Saturdays this summer. Consider becoming a monthly sustainer—a program that’s growing thanks to kindhearted friends like you. Your continued support makes these stories possible. Thank you for changing lives in central North Carolina. Gratefully,

Fostering connections How you’re offering young people the skills to build a better life Kim felt overwhelmed. She was aging out of foster care without the support system she needed to tackle adulthood’s biggest milestones: finding a job, securing a place to live, and paying her own bills. Thankfully, a friend recommended she give our Fostering Wellness Workforce Readiness program a try. “I was struggling to find a job, to look for a place of my own, so coming here helped me focus on what I really want to do,” says Kim. “It has really helped me gain that support system that I needed.” Fostering Wellness is a collaborative of six different organizations led by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The Workforce Readiness Program is a 10-week program focusing on culinary training, employment skills and leadership opportunities for young people with a history of foster care in Durham, Orange, and Wake counties.

Kim graduated from the program in spring 2017 and then completed an internship with the Food Shuttle as a front desk receptionist. She says experience has been invaluable as culinary class the she begins applying for jobs.

“The connects you with cooking, but it teaches you how to do for others.” —Kim

“Foster children often feel like they have to have their whole lives together by age 18,” says Kim. “Life is hard and when you are an adult and you have to pay for your own housing and everything else, it can be frustrating, it can be depressing living on your own, feeling alone. It’s important to have a support system like the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.”

We distribute food through

203 community centers and partners

Success Begins in the Kitchen

“The program is a lot more than training people how to cook,” explains Kim. “It’s how to know yourself better. It’s understanding what other people are going through.

“The culinary class connects you with cooking, but it teaches you how to do for others. When you’re in your kitchen, you’re cooking for yourself mostly but when you’re at the Food Shuttle, you’re cooking for others.”

Kim plans to get a degree in social work from N.C. State and help kids like herself as they navigate through the foster care system. She wants to be the support system that she found at the Food Shuttle and the Fostering Wellness Collaborative.

FEED. TEACH. GROW. YOU ARE INVITED Join us for these upcoming events.

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BACKPACK BUDDIES MEDIATHON Tune in to WRAL-TV and MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM for the BackPack Buddies Mediathon to End Childhood Hunger. Please watch and listen to this daylong food drive and fundraiser on July 18. Contact Info@FoodShuttle.org for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH THE FOOD SHUTTLE Join the Food Shuttle leadership team for a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour, Q&A, and lunch provided by our for-hire catering program, Catering with a Cause. This event will take place on May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14 and September 11. Please email Sally@FoodShuttle.org to reserve your seat.

GIVE MONTHLY. Have you considered convenient, automatic monthly giving? Many find it’s the easiest way to support your neighbors in need year-round and it really adds up! $35 a month can CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE ALL YEAR by providing BackPack Buddies meals every weekend. Join today as a monthly sustaining giver. Visit FoodShuttle.org and choose “monthly” or call 919.250.0043 to learn more.

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Did you know?

A letter from our Executive Director, Dave Koch It’s an exciting time for growth here at the Food Shuttle!

267,360 people

in our seven-county service area don’t know where their next meal is coming from

5 million pounds

of healthy food is saved from being thrown away

Of the food Inter-Faith Food Shuttle distributes,

42 percent is fresh produce

Now in the second year of production at its new location, our farm is implementing a brand-new irrigation system and two new buildings, allowing us to handle much more produce than just a year ago. Almost 15,000 pounds of the fresh food harvested went directly to provide for those in need. Our child hunger programs are growing, too. We now deliver more than 2,300 BackPack Buddies a week and support 25 school pantries with fresh produce from the farm. This edition of Feeding Change showcases this time of growth. We have a family that has found a love of gardening and healthy eating through our urban agriculture programs. Our Geer Street Learning Garden is growing a community and changing lives. I invite you to grow your own community. Stop by our Farm Stand at 2300 Dover Farm Rd, open Fridays and Saturdays this summer. Consider becoming a monthly sustainer—a program that’s growing thanks to kindhearted friends like you. Your continued support makes these stories possible. Thank you for changing lives in central North Carolina. Gratefully,

Fostering connections How you’re offering young people the skills to build a better life Kim felt overwhelmed. She was aging out of foster care without the support system she needed to tackle adulthood’s biggest milestones: finding a job, securing a place to live, and paying her own bills. Thankfully, a friend recommended she give our Fostering Wellness Workforce Readiness program a try. “I was struggling to find a job, to look for a place of my own, so coming here helped me focus on what I really want to do,” says Kim. “It has really helped me gain that support system that I needed.” Fostering Wellness is a collaborative of six different organizations led by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The Workforce Readiness Program is a 10-week program focusing on culinary training, employment skills and leadership opportunities for young people with a history of foster care in Durham, Orange, and Wake counties.

Kim graduated from the program in spring 2017 and then completed an internship with the Food Shuttle as a front desk receptionist. She says experience has been invaluable as culinary class the she begins applying for jobs.

“The connects you with cooking, but it teaches you how to do for others.” —Kim

“Foster children often feel like they have to have their whole lives together by age 18,” says Kim. “Life is hard and when you are an adult and you have to pay for your own housing and everything else, it can be frustrating, it can be depressing living on your own, feeling alone. It’s important to have a support system like the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.”

We distribute food through

203 community centers and partners

Success Begins in the Kitchen

“The program is a lot more than training people how to cook,” explains Kim. “It’s how to know yourself better. It’s understanding what other people are going through.

“The culinary class connects you with cooking, but it teaches you how to do for others. When you’re in your kitchen, you’re cooking for yourself mostly but when you’re at the Food Shuttle, you’re cooking for others.”

Kim plans to get a degree in social work from N.C. State and help kids like herself as they navigate through the foster care system. She wants to be the support system that she found at the Food Shuttle and the Fostering Wellness Collaborative.

FEED. TEACH. GROW. YOU ARE INVITED Join us for these upcoming events.

2 2

BACKPACK BUDDIES MEDIATHON Tune in to WRAL-TV and MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM for the BackPack Buddies Mediathon to End Childhood Hunger. Please watch and listen to this daylong food drive and fundraiser on July 18. Contact Info@FoodShuttle.org for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH THE FOOD SHUTTLE Join the Food Shuttle leadership team for a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour, Q&A, and lunch provided by our for-hire catering program, Catering with a Cause. This event will take place on May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14 and September 11. Please email Sally@FoodShuttle.org to reserve your seat.

GIVE MONTHLY. Have you considered convenient, automatic monthly giving? Many find it’s the easiest way to support your neighbors in need year-round and it really adds up! $35 a month can CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE ALL YEAR by providing BackPack Buddies meals every weekend. Join today as a monthly sustaining giver. Visit FoodShuttle.org and choose “monthly” or call 919.250.0043 to learn more.

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Feeding Change SPRING 2018

Your support of a local learning garden promotes peace and healing Something special’s happening at the corner of E. Geer Street and N. Roxboro Road in Durham. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Geer Street Learning Garden and Sunrise Recovery Resource Center are working together to showcase the restorative power of getting your hands a little dirty. “People in recovery are starting to think about what goes into their body, so having access to healthy fresh food is one part of it,” says Kay Coleman, Food Shuttle Urban Gardens Manager. “The other part is that gardening is good for the soul.”

4 4

“This garden is truly a community garden,” says Destiney, a patron and peer recovery guide at Sunrise Recovery Resource Center. “The garden, the food that Kay brings over here, has definitely helped out many families.”

“It takes a lot off my mind if I can come over, dig in the dirt and plant some vegetables.”

The produce harvested from the Geer Street Learning Garden is delivered to —Taye three different Durham food pantries and community centers. Sunrise is the closest— not simply because it is across the street, but also because of the bonds formed between the Food Shuttle staff and the patrons at Sunrise. FIND US!

PIONEERING INNOVATIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS TO END HUNGER

Taye, another patron and peer recovery guide at Sunrise, put it best: “We try to promote good health here. Health is wealth.” Taye had never gardened before finding Sunrise and the Geer Street Learning Garden. “It takes a lot off my mind if I can come over, dig in the dirt and plant some vegetables. It keeps me in my Zen space, my grounded space, it’s holistic for me,” says Taye.

For the folks at Sunrise, and Garden Manager Kay, the power of soil has proven to change lives and bring a community together. FoodShuttle.org

Raleigh Office and Warehouse: 1001 Blair Drive, Suite 120 Raleigh 27603

Food Shuttle Farm: 2300 Dover Farm Road Raleigh, 27606

Camden Street Learning Garden: 315 Camden Street Raleigh, 27601

Geer Street Learning Garden: 110 E. Geer Street Durham, 27701

FoodShuttle @FoodShuttle @foodshuttle inter-faith-food-shuttle

MY GIFT TO HELP FEED HUNGRY NEIGHBORS Yes, Dave! I care about hungry children, families,

and seniors in my community.

I’M ENCLOSING: m $35 to provide 70 meals m $50 to provide 100 meals

m $150 to provide 300 meals m $______ to help as much as possible

m I prefer to give by credit card.

ACCOUNT NO. NAME SIGNATURE ADDRESS CITY / STATE / ZIP EMAIL ADDRESS

EXP. DATE

m I would like to donate $___________ automatically each month by the credit card. m Please call me about including Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in my will: (____)__________________________________ Mail: Return this completed form with your gift Phone: 919.256.3878 Online: FoodShuttle.org

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Development Dept. Suite 120 1001 Blair Drive Raleigh, NC 27603

“Rainey wants to be a chef. I’m just trying to push that inspiration.”

A fresh food revolution takes root

—Johnetta

You’re helping families in Raleigh and Durham learn to grow and cook their own food Brussels Sprouts! Those two words would be enough to strike terror in the heart of most 10-year-olds. But for Rainey, “Brussels sprouts!” is a proud proclamation … a rallying cry to lead the cooking and gardening revolution that’s blossoming right here in Raleigh and Durham. Rainey’s love of the tiny, aromatic cabbages stems from her family’s experience with the Food Shuttle’s agricultural programming. Her mother, Johnetta, has taken Seed to Supper adult gardening education and Rainey will soon graduate from our Sprout Scouts Cooking and Gardening Club. These free courses are designed to teach basic gardening skills and empower participants to

Feed. Teach. Grow.

cook with vegetables and fruits that they might not normally choose—all on a budget. “Not spending all of your budget at the grocery store is a great thing,” says Johnetta. “Rainey and all of us can now taste the difference between fresh foods and canned. She wants to be a chef. I’m just trying to continue to push that inspiration.”

Seeds of Change “I learned when different vegetables grow, when to eat them and how to cook them,” says Rainey. She recently started her own microgreens garden at home, where she cooks most of her family’s meals. Change often starts with our youngest generation. If we can get more children talking, eating and cooking like Rainey, we’re well on our way to a food revolution!

1001 Blair Drive, Suite 120 | Raleigh NC, 27603 | 919.250.0043 | FoodShuttle.org

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