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Oct, 2019

Food Drive to benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

NCFC Youth & Aetna to Host Week-Long Food Drive to benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 
Families can donate nutritious foods October 5th– October 13th

Raleigh, NC (October 3, 2019)– In collaboration with Aetna, NCFC Youth today announced plans for a week-long food drive to benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. NCFC Youth’s 13,000+ players and their families and 170 tournament teams participating in the Columbus Day Classic will be encouraged to donate food at various drop sites and help ensure that our entire community has access to healthy and nutritious food. Aetna, a proud NCFC Youth sponsor, shares in this mindset and is leading this effort to stock the shelves at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. 

 “Addressing social determinants of health such as access to food and nutritional information in our community is critical to fulfilling Aetna’s purpose: helping people on their path to better health,” said Jim Bostian, president of Aetna in North Carolina. “We’re thrilled to partner with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and NCFC to help put an end to hunger in North Carolina.”

Players and families can drop donations in boxes located across our service area during training or games:

  • Saturday, October 5th: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park (Aetna Tent located near the Coastal Credit Union Box Office). The first 300 fans to donate at least 5 food items will receive a free ticket to the NCFC vs. New York Red Bull II game
  • October 5th– 11th: WRAL Soccer Park (Boxes will be located under the awning at the clubhouse)
  • October 7th– 9th: Wake Competition Center
  • October 7th10th:Middle Creek Park
  • Tuesday, October 8th: Thomas Brooks Park (at the restroom shelter near Field 2)
  • Tuesday, October 8th: Voyager Academy
  • Thursday, October 10thSmith Creek Park
  • October 12th& 13th: Columbus Day Classic (at WRAL Soccer Park)
  • We will be adding drop sites across our playing area as volunteers and locations are confirmed.

The week-long effort will culminate during NCFC Youth’s Columbus Day Classic, a youth soccer tournament hosting 170 teams at WRAL Soccer Park October 12th& 13th. Tournament teams are encouraged to bring food donations as part of the tournament experience. 

All donors are encouraged to bring nutritious foods to support Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’shunger relief programs including mobile food markets, backpack buddies, school pantries, grocery bags for seniors, and others which span across seven counties in NC including Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, Chatham, Nash, & Edgecombe.

Recommended Food Donations: 

  • Proteins: canned tuna, soup, meat pasta (e.g., canned beef ravioli)
  • Breakfast: individually packed whole grain cereal, oatmeal, grits
  • Packaged Noodles
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables: No Heavy Syrup; No Salt Added
  • Healthy Snacks: Granola Bars, Fruit/Apple Sauce pouches, raisins
  • 100% juice boxes

Players & Families can volunteer to help with collection. Also, we would love to have more collections going on throughout the week. If you would like to volunteer to host a collection at a field / time not listed, or you want to volunteer to help with one of the listed sites, please email [email protected]so we can communicate with other families about your collection site. Volunteers will be asked to collect and deliver food directly to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

About Aetna 
Aetna, a CVS Health company, serves an estimated 39 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

About NCFC Youth:

North Carolina FC Youth, a 501c3 non-profit youth soccer organization, is the product of a 2017 collaboration between Capital Area Soccer League, Triangle Futbol Club Alliance, and North Carolina Football Club. NCFC Youth’s mission is to provide positive, high quality soccer opportunities at all levels of play for youth and their families and to serve as a valuable community partner. Each year, more than 13,500 players ages 2.5 – 19 participate in various programs of all ability and competition levels. To learn more about NCFC Youth, visit



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