Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Raleigh, North Carolina

Evaluate the existing Grocery Bags for Seniors program and the Seniors Eating Well pilot. This funding and partnership will help Food Shuttle determine if the program is meeting its goals, best serving participant needs and having the desired impact on health and diet.

Funded Program

Twenty percent of seniors are struggling with hunger and food insecurity in North Carolina. The Grocery Bags for Seniors program serves almost 2,000 local low-income seniors with quality, nutritious food to help alleviate food insecurity and malnutrition risk. The program also creates community and lessens the impact of isolation common amongst senior groups through a door-to-door distribution model. Direct food provision is augmented with recipe cards, storage and use tips, nutrition information and healthy eating workshops provided at select sites. In addition, Food Shuttle will pilot pairing the program with nutrition education workshops based on the Seniors Eating Wellcurriculum from Penn State Extension. The pilot will engage more than 100 seniors to study the impact of nutrition education combined with provision of key food supplies. A series of one-hour lessons, Seniors Eating Wellcovers topics ranging from heart healthy meals to whole grains, dietary fat and cooking with fresh herbs. 

About Food Shuttle

The Food Shuttle is a member of Feeding America and distributes nearly 6 million pounds of food per year, 35% of which is fresh produce. Food Shuttle serves seven counties of central North Carolina. Several programs focus on the lack of access to healthy food and lack of income to purchase it, including grocery bags for seniors, backpack buddies and school pantries, community health education and mobile markets, and school and community gardens.

Mission: Pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community.