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The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community.
We are a determined and passionate advocate for hunger relief and prevention, committed to increasing the capacity and will to create a hunger free community by driving the process to develop and implement a variety of innovative strategies, programs, initiatives, and collaborations to improve access to nutritious, locally sourced food.
We are dedicated to the cause of hunger relief and prevention.
We are inspired and energized by our core belief that hunger is unacceptable.
We respect our organization, value our shared mission, and act accordingly.
We are volunteers of all faiths committed to helping people from all walks of life.
We are neither discriminatory nor judgmental in our service.
We treat all people with dignity and respect.
Welcome to the IFFS Family. At Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS), we build people, jobs and a hunger-free community. Our programs empower people to meet their own food needs and grow a local food system that feeds everyone healthy, nutritious food. Our mission is to pioneer innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community.
We Feed, We Teach, and We Grow across many different programs, spanning food distribution, nutrition education, job training and urban agriculture. These programs range from the traditional to the groundbreaking (literally!)— from grocery bag distribution to cooking & nutrition classes, Culinary Job Training, and teaching the next generation of farmers.
In 1989 two women, Jill Staton Bullard and Maxine Solomon, watched as good food was thrown into trashcans because “breakfast was over” at a fast food restaurant. They realized that restaurants and grocery stores all over the city were discarding food that was close to their expiration date or time, but which were still edible and nutritious. They decided to do something to rescue good food before it was dumped. They founded and incorporated as a North Carolina non-profit in November 1989 and became an IRS recognized 501c3 in 1992. They believed then as we all believe now that good food should be feeding people, not filling landfills, particularly when our landfill space is limited and finite.
Each year we are able to rescue more nourishing food. In 1989, we recovered just 750 pounds of food from 3 food donors. Last year we recovered 7 million pounds of food from over 300 donors.
As part of the IFFS’s larger mission to end hunger in our community, IFFS nutrition education programs pioneer innovative solutions to support healthy and food secure communities. We provide training and education that will equip low income communities with the knowledge and skills to access, purchase, prepare, and eat nutritious food on a limited budget. By emphasizing healthy low-cost ingredients and food resource management, our programs empower participants to meet their own food needs and get the most nutrition out of their limited budgets.
- To improve the nutrition knowledge, eating habits, cooking skills, food safety practices, food resource management, and financial planning skills of people at risk of hunger so they can better provide for themselves and their families
- Support IFFS food distribution efforts through education that helps recipients utilize food they receive, particularly fresh, seasonal produce, in healthy ways
- Create and support a network of organizations implementing Share Our Strength programming (Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store) in IFFS’s service counties
IFFS nutrition education programs (Cooking Matters, Cooking Matters at the Store, Food Matters and Mobile Tastiness Machine) focus on improving behaviors that help individuals and families to become more food secure and lead healthier lives.
Using the USDA MyPlate as the foundation for basic nutrition guidelines, our programs build upon these ideas to teach culinary skills and healthy cooking techniques, food safety, and food resource management. These basic messages and skills can be used by anyone, regardless of where they access their food (e.g., grocery store, corner store, fast food restaurant, food pantry, farmers’ markets).
As IFFS works to increase access to fresh produce in low-income communities, our nutrition education programs ensure that people have the necessary knowledge and skills to utilize it. We introduce participants to less common local produce items, concepts of seasonality, and educate about how best to select, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. When possible, we highlight local, seasonal produce in our classes, cooking demonstrations, and recipes.
All of our programs use a “learner-centered” approach that recognizes that participants are ‘experts’ in their own lives, involves sharing and comparing of experiences from members of the group, and creates a safe environment for participants to consider changing behaviors.
Participants in our programs are also given resources to immediately practice making changes in their own lives. From the distribution of recipes featuring produce that is distributed at that week’s Mobile Market, to providing take-home groceries based on the meal prepared together in a Cooking Matters class, to giving actionable, weekly or monthly healthy challenges, participants leave our programs with the knowledge, skills and resources to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.
Additional benefits of utilizing a “learner-centered” approach are that it not only promotes shared learning experiences among participants, but also fosters a sense of community and fellowship over a healthy meal. Food Matters programming at Mobile Markets can transform emergency food pickup sites to community gathering places where neighbors support each other in making healthy choices.
To do this important work takes the whole community. Working with Share Our Strength, a national hunger relief organization, IFFS partners with local agencies to host these programs, and draws on the expertise of nutrition and culinary volunteers to reach people in need.
We also train and support local agencies and organizations (i.e. Satellite Partners) within our 7 service county area to implement Cooking Matters in their local communities.