Organization Project : Inter Faith Food Shuttle Essay

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ORGANIZATION PROJECT: INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE Organization Overview Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) is a $14.5 million nonprofit that uses a holistic approach to address and end hunger in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. IFFS believes that hunger is an issue that can be solved by, “creating sources of healthy food in every low-income neighborhood and grow opportunities for people to provide for themselves by learning job skills or growing their own food.” The pillars of this approach are feeding, teaching, and growing. (IFFS, 2016) Staff and volunteers focus on connecting directly with people in need and creating programs that empower them to reduce their own food insecurities and improve their own health. IFFS’s website explains, “People are hungry for two main reasons: 1. lack of income to purchase sufficient food 2. lack of access to good food. Ultimately, the root of hunger lies in poverty and our impoverished communities.” Research conducted by IFFS and its partners indicates that within IFFS’s seven county service area (Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Nash, and Edgecombe), more than 275,000 people are food insecure at any given time and may not know where their next meal is coming from. Following the tone of their motto, “Give a man a fish. Teach a man to fish. Stock the pond for all,” IFFS served more than 38,000 people in 2015 with programs ranging from food distribution to cooking courses. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle currently works

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