Nahim loves to water seedlings at Camden Street Learning Garden
Dave Spring is such a wonderful time in North Carolina, colorful and fragrant-full of potential. It is almost impossible not to feel excited and optimistic in the spring.

One thing that comes out each spring is the Map the Meal Gap Survey (Feeding America's annual county-by-county snapshot of hunger in America). While this year's survey reveals a slight improvement in the numbers of Triangle families who identify as food-insecure, it is important to note that over a third of those families earn too much money to qualify for SNAP assistance. That is why our efforts are so important!

Our Agricultural staff is not only  growing a summer's worth of new crops ( our Tryon Road Farm Stand does open this week!), they're growing a new generation of gardeners. For instance, we are partnering with Triangle elementary schools on Junior Master Gardener lessons to get kids outside and actively learning where their food comes from. We are very excited about this project and partnership.

So this spring, as you watch the gardens growing, know that the people we serve are learning and growing, too.  With job training, nutrition education, and urban ag instruction to name just a few, our programs bring skills for self-sufficiency to the people we serve.  How's that for optimism?

Dave Koch

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IFFS Executive Director   

blogStories from the IFFS Blog:
Map the Meal Gap
"The numbers are improving, but there is still a long way to go before our work is done and the Triangle is hunger-free," says Jill Staton Bullard, IFFS Co-Founder and Emeritus CEO.

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BackPack Buddies

As our timeline shows, BackPack Buddies has grown substantially, both in hungry kids served, but also in terms of community members engaged in this effort.

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school garden
By providing students with tools to grow their own food, we are alleviating food insecurity and promoting health in children's lives.
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Anna Kearney

Anna was first drawn to the Food Shuttle's mission and holistic approach to solving hunger. But it's the goats on the Teaching Farm that keep her coming back!
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2016 Annual Report
In keeping with our tagline "We Feed. We Teach. We Grow.", our 2015 Growing Report illustrates the difference our volunteers, donors, staff, and partners made last year in the fight against hunger.

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IFFS Geer Street Learning Garden
"What I believed food insecurity to be, and what I actually found it to be, were two completely different, totally complex ideas." -Jauntavia Prather

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Farm Stand Opens This Week:
Our Teaching Farm operates an 'on farm' Farm Stand, selling chemical-free produce grown on the farm. 100% of proceeds support IFFS programs.   Learn more
IFFS Farm Stand

2016 Farm Stand hours are:
Thursdays: noon - 6pm
Fridays: noon - 6pm
Saturdays: 9am - noon
newsIFFS in the News:
* Jill Staton Bullard discusses food insecurity with NC Policy Watch  (pictured)   READ 

* Second Saturday Pickling Workshop at Camden Street Learning Garden  READ
socialGetting Social:
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This dear little one collected 310 items for Backpack Buddies at her birthday party! Never too young to care for others, right @foodshuttle?!!

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These ladies spent the afternoon tending a #rowforthehungry @thesquareM2M3 @FoodShuttle

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The #Exploris 4/5 students recently held a food drive and today they made their first delivery. 352.6 pounds of food was don ated to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle! Way to go, 4/5 food heroes! @foodshuttle #explorisscho
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What better way to spend a Tuesday? These Red Hatters packed 48 bags of fresh produce with @foodshuttle for local low-income seniors.

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A HUGE thank you to the @foodshuttle of #RaleighNC for our weekly pickup... so much fresh produce, organic eggs and so much more for our #foodpantry - what a blessing!!!
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Earth Day��

Spent #earthday with some goats and some really cool people learning more about why it's important to know where my food comes from and how the @foodshuttle is helping
our community

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My beer mash bring all the chicks to the yard

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Yummy lunch with the radishes from the farm. Perfect to accompany the homemade buns I made overnight ! Fresh bread + butter + radishes + pinch of salt = SPRING �� #spring #eatseasonal #eatlocal #yummy #radish #asparagus #egg #croqueausel
supportersThank You to Our Supporters:
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*  THANK YOU William "The Food Drive Kid" and your volunteers  f or raising 8,600 lbs of food and over $7,000 during his annual Weekend for BackPack Buddies (pictured)

*  THANK YOU Blossoms of Hope for raising over $11,000 at the annual luncheon
eventsUpcoming Events:
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June 7, noon-1pm:  Join the IFFS leadership team for a 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour and lunch Q&A opportunity. RSVP now to learn more about IFFS.
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BackPack Buddies
July 13, 6am-7pm:  IFFS, WRAL-TV, and MIX 101.5 are teaming up for a day-long Mediathon Fundraiser to End Child Hunger! YOU can help by volunteering, sponsoring, and tuning in!

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2016 Matching Challenge:
Double your gift
Through June 5, your donation goes TWICE as far to help feed and teach hungry neighbors in our community. Please make your most generous gift today.

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recipeRecipe of the Month:
Italian Spinach Pie recipe
Italian Spinach Pie
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