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The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break

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The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is helping feed kids that aren't getting enough to eat this summer. 

Officials with the charity say about 116,000 Triangle students receive free and reduced-price lunch during the school year. They say many low-income families have trouble making up for that nutrition when kids are out of school.  

Kyle Abrams manages child hunger programs for the Food Shuttle.  He says they're trying all sorts of ways to provide for the community.

"We serve hot meals to the kids at certain camps every day at lunch Monday through Friday," Abrams says. 

"Another way we're doing this is the food truck that we take into neighborhoods – low-income neighborhoods – that we really try and serve during the school year as well.  Kids get meals that are cooked right off of the truck."

The Food Shuttle wants to deliver 11,000 meals during the summer break.   Abrams says they're focusing on areas that have become "food deserts".

"Access to food is one of the hardest and biggest problems to fighting hunger – especially for children who have trouble transporting themselves from place to place," he says.  "The biggest food desert that we focus on right now is in Southeast Raleigh – meaning that there's not enough grocery stores to adequately have access for all the residents in the area."

The food shuttle serves families in seven counties.  You can find more information on how to help at foodshuttle.org.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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