North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger

Resources for Higher Education Institutions Interested in Building Food Security

2014 Hunger Solutions Webinar Series
Sponsored by AARP-NC 

This 3-part webinar series explores ways to help solve the problem of hunger in our state, with special emphasis on models for student-led engagement at colleges and universities. The series is sponsored by AARP-NC. Learn more about AARP's hunger initiatives below.

AARP-North Carolina:
Fact Sheet: Creating a Food Secure Nation
Drive to End Hunger:
AARP's Volunteer Hub: 

Webinar Three
"Senior Hunger"
Monday, January 26, 2015 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

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• Audrey Edmisten, RD, LDN, MPH, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services

The third installment in NC Campus Compact’s Hunger Solutions Webinar Series will highlight the challenges of poverty and food insecurity facing NC’s rapidly growing older adult population.  Participants will learn about the various food, energy, and nutrition assistance programs available to assist seniors and have a chance to ask questions and discuss how they can help alleviate senior hunger.

Webinar Two
"Community Gardens"
Monday, December 15, 2014 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

View the recording (did not record first 10 minutes)


Download Lisa's PowerPoint here.
Download Claire's PowerPoint here

Links shared:

North Carolina Community Garden Partners:

Carolina Campus Community Garden (website)/video

Webinar One
"Campus Kitchens and Food Recovery”
Monday, December 8, 2014 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Click here to access the recording. 


  • Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs, Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, East Carolina University
  • Teresa Dantzler, Volunteer and Service-Learning Center Graduate Assistant, and ECU Campus Kitchen Coordinator
  • Natasha Vos, AmeriCorps VISTA for Food Access, Pro Humanitate Institute, Wake Forest University

Participants learned about the Campus Kitchens at East Carolina University and Wake Forest University. The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national initiative that partners with high schools, colleges and universities to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from cafeterias and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community.

Download the ECU PowerPoint here
Download the WFU PowerPoint here.

Ongoing Hunger Related Events

Spring Semester




Special Events

[CANCELLED] September 26-27, 2014 -  3rd annual NC Campuses Against Hunger Conference
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC - Stay posted for information about the 2014-15 NC Campuses Against Hunger webinar series. 


The William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award 
Nomination Deadline – November 2nd

(Download a flyer here)

This cash award, which will be presented during the 2015 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit at the University of Guelph on February 20-22, 2015 recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated leadership in areas related to food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty and who are committed to a life of service in one of these areas or a related discipline. This award is given annually  by Stop Hunger Now and the North Carolina State University Center for Student Leadership, and Ethics and Public Service.  For more information, students can visit or contact Jan Rivero at or Amanda Itliong at

In 2012 and 2013 several North Carolina campuses and organizations partnered to host the "NC Campuses Against Hunger" Conference.  You can see highlights from these gatherings further down this page.  We will continue to provide resources on this site that will help your campus consider how you might alleviate hunger and promote food security.

We have created the NC Campuses Against Hunger blog to establish an ongoing forum for sharing ideas about what we are doing on our individual campuses and local best practices. Below is how your college/university can get involved.

1.       Provide us some statistics about your school:
          a.      total enrollment,
          b.      signature programs to combat hunger,
          c.      key community partners
         d.      statistics from your area

2.      Contribute to the blog—tell us about what your school is doing and share ideas. 

Send your statistics and/or blog entry to and we’ll get your information posted to the blog.

Take Action

  • Read Youth Service America's 10 Ways You Can Help End Childhood Hunger.
  • Sign the UFWH commitment.
  • Bring HungerU to your campus. HungerU is an initiative of the Farm Journal Foundation designed to educate college students about the significance of modern agriculture and how it affects the world’s food crisis.
  • Apply for a grant to support your efforts:
  • Apply or nominate someone for the Clinton Hunger Leadership Award.
  • Start a Nourish International chapter. Nourish International engages students and empowers communities to make lasting impact on extreme poverty. They are seeking motivated leaders who would like to make a mark on their campus by applying to the Chapter Founders Program. During the school year, Nourish Chapters run small businesses on campus to raise money, membership and awareness. Students invest their funds in a local community to implement a sustainable development project abroad over the summer. This is a great opportunity for students interested in entrepreneurship, international development and global issues. 
  • Host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet. Students and educators who are committed to addressing hunger can host an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet on campus to raise awareness of hunger issues. This experience offers a chance to give back by helping others see hunger in a new light. Oxfam has compiled tips and techniques to help make your event a success.
  • Take the SNAP Challenge.  The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, you’ll commit to eating all of your meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant - $1.50 per meal.

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) provides monthly benefits to supplement the food budgets of families in need, but in many cases these households still struggle to put food on the table. While it is impossible to fully comprehend the difficult decisions low-income families face, sharing your experience with the SNAP Challenge will help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in America.

Keep Learning

Know the Field

Below is a list of hunger alleviation organizations and/or initiatives. 

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

Feeding America feeds America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engages our country in the fight to end hunger.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

OxFam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, they work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change. 

SuperFood Drive changes the face of hunger by turning all food drives into healthy food drives. 

StopHunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.  They facilitate a
meal packaging program that convenes people to assemble rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets.

The   Campus Kitchens Project provides student-powered hunger relief and trains the next generation of leaders to implement innovative new models to combat hunger.

Food Recovery Network unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities and donating it to people in need.  

By teaming up with relocation companies across the country, Move For Hunger is creating one of the nation's largest year-round service programs. Their movers pick up food items and deliver it to local food banks. 

Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the U.S., especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life.  

Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.
USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs provide children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.

Create Policy or Research

The Committee on National Statistics of the National Science Academy, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education hosted a workshop of experts to set an agenda for child hunger food insecurity research.  You can review the topics discussed, and view the article of UNCG economics professor, Dr. David Ribar, on public policy responses to childhood hunger:

Intern or Participate in a Fellowship



Be an Advocate

During the 2013 conference Ken Patterson from RESULTS shared tips to be an effective advocate.  You can learn more about their efforts at their website, including their nutrition and health care work:
Consider advocating on a broader level for policy efforts that can promote food security.  You can even call Congress: 202.224.3121.

Feed Children During the Summer

Help hungry kids through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.  For the past two summers the Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University, supported by an NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member, has been part of the NC Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). ECU’s Campus Kitchen served meals twice a week to low-income children at a nearby community center. Across our state in 2012, nearly 800,000 kids were eligible to receive such meals, but only 16 out of every 100 eligible children were served.

Colleges, universities, and their community partners can help expand the program and feed more kids by becoming an SFSP sponsor or site!  Sponsors are reimbursed for the meals served to eligible children and may apply for advance funds to cover start-up costs. Meals may be prepared on-site if the kitchen is adequately equipped, or sponsors may contract with a vendor to purchase prepared meals. The program is offered in community locations such as parks, schools, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches and community centers from May to September. The SFSP meal service is often combined with learning and recreational activities for the children. A year-round site is also an option for children attending year-round schools during the months of October-April.

To learn more:

2013 Conference Overview

On September 6-7, 2013, Wake Forest University Campus Life and Institute for Public Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact, Stop Hunger Now, the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service at North Carolina State University, and Universities Fighting World Hunger, partnered to host the 2nd annual "North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger" conference.  Over 180 students, faculty, staff and professionals representing 28 colleges/universities, and non-profits, convened at Wake Forest University in an intellectual, action-focused environment to gain a greater understanding of hunger issues and work towards collaborative, systemic solutions.

Highlights included the opportunity to participate in one of two service projects, the opportunity to read, reflect, and create art related to hunger, inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops, and regional gatherings to explore challenges and consider collaborative action plans to combat regional hunger. The two service projects were a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event and a Campus Kitchen Shift with the Winston-Salem Community.

See more pics on the IPE Facebook page.

Thanks to the 2013 workshop facilitators who have shared their presentations!

"Hunger Studies at Auburn University" - Harriet Giles & Kate Thornton

"Service-Learning Pedagogy to Engaged Students on Hunger" - Norma-May Isakow & Pat Lord (Wake Forest University) 

Best Practice Workshops

  • Political Engagement around Hunger (Ken Patterson, RESULTS)
  • Developing a Comprehensive Hunger Curriculum (Harriet Giles and Kate Thorton, Auburn University Hunger Institute)
  • Engaging Peers for Social Change [Shoshanna Goldin (WFU), Ryan O'Donnell, NC State, Devin Yeomans (Auburn)]
  • Service Learning Pedagogy as a Tool for Engaging Students on Hunger  (Norma-May Isakow, WFU)
  • The Campus Kitchen: Using waste to create partnerships and develop leaders (Shelley Sizemore, Jessica Wallace, and Brad Shugoll, WFU)
  • Serving in the University Community: the Campus Food Pantry [P.J. Adams (NCSU), Ellen Furby (NCSU), Mike Giancola (NCSU), Helen T. Mandalinic (Guilford College), Sally Parlier (Durham Technical Community College)]
  • Food Insecurity Policies and Food Assistance Programs (Maureen Berner, UNC-CH)

Plenary Presentations

"The Hunger-Obesity Paradox" - Provost Rogan Kersh, Wake Forest University
"Feed the Soil, Feed the People: Ending Hunger through Regenerative Agriculture" - Fred Bahnson, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
"Viewing Hunger Through Arts & Humanities" - Aime Mepham and Brittany Forniotis, Wake Forest University
"Public Policy Responses to Childhood Hunger" - Dr. David C. Ribar, UNC Greensboro
"Creating a Personal and Public Narrative about Hunger" - Ken Patterson, RESULTS
"Moving Forward" - Dr. Lisa Keyne, NC Campus Compact

See presenter bios here.

2012 Conference Overview

October 10-11, 2012, NC Campus Compact partnered with Stop Hunger Now and the Center for Leadership, Ethics and Public Service at NC State to sponsor the first annual NC Campuses Against Hunger: A Call to Action to End Hunger In Our  Lifetime. Representatives from 18 campuses and community partners convened at Elon University to explore hunger-related issues and disuss ideas and initiatives to fight food insecurity. Campus teams also developed strategies for an institution-wide strategy to addressing hunger.

Highlights of the event included workshops discussing systemic issues that need to be addressed,  a meal packaging event during which attendees packaged over 10, 000 meals,  a performance and presentation by David LaMotte, keynotes by global food insecurity experts, David Lambert of Lambert Associates and Dr. June Henton of Auburn University and Ray Buchanan, founder and international president of Stop Hunger Now, working sessions bringing together like institutions and like constituents (i.e. students, faculty, staff and community partners) and poster sessions featuring best practices of North Carolina campuses to address hunger.

View pictures of the event here. Photos by Roger Winstead/NC State University

Workshop Presenters - System Issues that Must be Addressed

  • Phil Gordon, Single Stop USA
    "Helping community colleges address real local and regional issues . . . starting with students . . ."
  • Terri Hutter, COO Culinary Job Training Program/Food Service, Interfaith Food Shuttle
    "The issues causing hunger in NC, and innovative pathways to ensuring hunger is eliminated"
  • Paula Hunker, Senior Policy Advisor for the World Food Programme and distinguished visiting professor at Auburn University, Alabama
    "Policy & politics related to alleviating hunger"
  • Panel with Dr. Nancy Creamer (NC State), Dr. Michelle Eley (NC A & T) and Dr. Molly DeMarco (UNC Chapel Hill),  Margaret Gifford (Farmer Foodshare) and Steven Moore (Elon University) 
    "Addressing NC’s food insecurity: building independence in local communities"
  • Allie Treske, Chief Operating Officer, Nourish International
    "Action Now: mobilizing students towards impact"

Keynote Speakers

  • Ray Buchanan, Founder and International President, Stop Hunger Now
    "Call to Action plenary: Envision . . . a world without hunger" 
  • June Henton, Dean of College of  Human Sciences, Director of the International Hunger Institute, Auburn University
    "Higher Education Taking on Hunger "
  • David Lambert, Lambert Associates
    "Why are people hungry?  What are the issues?"
  • David LaMotte, singer/songwriter
    "Food Security: A Peace and Justice Issue" 

Click here for speaker and presenter bios. 

Related Links

NC State University, Center for Leadership, Ethics and Public Service

Students for Stop Hunger Now Facebook page

Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry

Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH)

  • UFWH manual "Getting Started on Your Campus"
  • UFWH paper "A Human Sustainability Model" (Giles & Henton)
  • UFWH 8th Annual Hunger Summit “Raise the Volume: Building Awareness, Advocacy and Action about Hunger” March 2-4, 2013 in Overland Park, Kansas. The summit will bring together individuals from across the globe share research, best practices, and model programs. The Summit is a collaboration between Universities Fighting World Hunger and Kansas Campus Compact.

War on Hunger Student Campaign (Auburn University)





If you have questions about this initiative, please contact Lisa Keyne