If you have been to the Bull City Cool building to deliver or sort food, you have likely met Amber Simmons. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Ms. Simmons was drawn to Durham to work with the InterFaith Food Shuttle, motivated by her experience through family and friends who were faced with child hunger and lived in food deserts. She is responsible for a wide array of IFFS activities and programs including: coordinating logistics for collection, packaging, and delivery of food donations; identifying areas of need and growing the BackPack Buddies and Pantry Programs to address those needs; and engaging and collaborating with multiple community resources to address hunger among Durham’s children and families. Ms. Simmons believes there are many ways to address the problem of child hunger, and she remembers that as she works behind the scenes with different organizations to tackle the problem.
She says one of her biggest challenges is keeping food supplies available to families in need when schools are not in session over summer break and during ice storms, when transportation is a barrier for families. PORCH-Durham relies on her for all the logistics mentioned above, and to be the liaison with the schools about their needs, so PORCH can determine how to support them. Ms. Simmons refers to PORCH-Durham as “the lifeline of the Durham BackPack Buddies,” and appreciates the unique sense of community and support she receives from the Durham Community.