food for thoughtFood For Thought

This unique all-volunteer community non-profit organization, established in December 2006, is dedicated to reducing hunger and academic risk facing elementary children in Dare County by providing healthy meals to build strong minds.

By providing nutritious and child-pleasing nonperishable breakfasts, lunches and snacks for elementary children who meet specific family criteria in Dare County on the weekends and holidays during the school year.


Who do you primarily serve?:

Food For Thought is an all-volunteer program in its 13th year providing weekend meals at no cost to Dare County students who meet the federal criteria for free/reduced lunch. We feed between 350 and 450 students per week. The numbers fluctuate due to economic conditions in the area and time of year.

Impact on the Outer Banks community

In the 2018-19 school year, we provided 12,920 weekend bags which include 4 meals and snacks. In total, we supplied 51,680 meals for hungry children in Dare County this past school year.

FFT serves all Dare County schools, pre-school to high school, from Duck to Cape Hatteras. Approximately 30% of our school population is served. Total cost to feed one child for a year is $290. Each bag sent home on the weekend costs FFT about $8.50.

All food is purchased, not donated. Funds come from grants and individual donations. All funds go directly to supporting meal packing and operations. In our Dare County middle and high schools, students-in-need also have access to mini-pantries for light snacks as well as personal care products. Within the last 2 years we have also begun to provide clothing such as socks, sweatshirts, tees, underwear, etc. to those in need.

Ways people can give, donate, and volunteer

FFT is an all-volunteer non-profit. Over 300 volunteers from 16 organizations pack and deliver weekend meal bags to the schools. We are supported by businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals county-wide. Funds used for administration are minimal as there is no paid staff.

Packing is done during the school year on Thursday mornings from 10 am till about noon at the Dare County warehouse near the airport. Look for the FFT trailers. Volunteers can just show up around 9:45 for a short training. First packing date will be September 26, 2019.

We are frequently in need of drivers who can haul a trailer with their personal vehicle (need a hitch) to the schools north of Hatteras Island. We also need a driver with a large vehicle to transport the meals to Hatteras Island schools (no trailer).

Food For Thought
PO Box 1167
Kitty Hawk, NC


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