Inter-Faith Food Shuttle sees increase in demand amid COVID-19 outbreak

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The current global health crisis has created a tough situation for many donation and volunteer-based organizations in the Triangle, including Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

The food bank has seen a tremendous increase in demand.

Meanwhile, volunteers are dwindling, and food donations are in jeopardy in the wake of the Coronavirus concerns across North Carolina.

Rachel Quigley, Inter-Faith’s Events manager, said, “There is a huge need for volunteers as we’ve seen that decrease. There’s been a dramatic decrease, as well, in the food we’re able to source as donated product.”

Some businesses, like PNC Arena and the North Carolina Museum of Art, have answered Inter-Faith’s call for help.

Not only is the food bank running their usual programs, like Mobile Markets, they’re now working to feed thousands of kids out of school, and families facing job or wage insecurity.

Quigley tells us, “The biggest addition we’ve started is preparing individual, frozen meals that we will be distributing to families and children that they can take home.”

While the NCAA decided to cancel their March Madness Championship Basketball Tournaments, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is still holding their annual Dunk Hunger Food Drive in hopes that businesses and individuals will do what they can to help in this time of need.

There is still time to sign your business up for the competition, just head over to www.FoodShuttle.org/DunkHunger or email info@FoodShuttle.org .

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