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Hold a Food Drive

Thank you!

Holding a food drive is a fantastic way to get involved with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Each item you collect will make a difference for someone in our community. We appreciate you joining the push for a healthy, hunger-free North Carolina!

What To Collect

Food Drives help supply IFFS with food for multiple programs, including: BackPack Buddies, Grocery Bags for Seniors, and in-school pantries. Every item raised by a food drive is one less we have to purchase!

Food items we need the most are featured in our Food Drive Flier. Click here to download the most recent Food Drive Flier so you can share with everyone supporting your food drive!

For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept donations of:

  • Home prepared food including:
    • canned/jarred fruits, vegetables, and preserves
  • Dented cans
  • Items without labels
  • Items void of nutritional value including:
    • candy, potted meat, Vienna sausages, “fruit” drinks made without fruit juice, sodas, and chips.

Want to donate fresh produce? You can donate what you grow in your backyard, community, or school garden through Plant a Row for the Hungry!

BLOG: Other healthy, helpful food items -and how they’re used at IFFS.

Drop Off

Please help us conserve fuel and staff hours by dropping off your food drive items at IFFS headquarters (1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh) between 8a-3:30p Monday-Friday, or at our Durham Office (902 N Mangum Street, Durham) by appointment:

If you have more than a carload of food and need help with pick-up, requires 7-days notice to schedule pick-up. Thank you for helping us manage our resources efficiently.


Have a question about holding a food drive? Ask away using this form:


First Name (required)

Last Name (required)

Email (required)

Date range of food drive (required)

Group holding the food drive

Looking for a great example of a successful food drive?

Check out PORCH-Durham!

PORCH DurhamFamilies in Durham neighborhoods buy a few extra items at the grocery store, and once a month they put them in bags on their porches.  Then PORCH-Durham volunteers come to pick them up, and that food goes to support Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program. VOILA!—hundreds more children are being fed in Durham county every month!

Thanks to their ongoing support, we have been able to add 4 new schools to the BackPack Buddies Program, supply our 5 pantry schools, AND supply a pantry at the Durham Teen Center. Read more here.

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