North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger
Since 2009, when NC Campus Compact became aware that many member institutions were developing programs to address hunger and food insecurity, we have been committed to supporting these efforts. From 2010-2013 the NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program focused on hunger alleviation and program development. The 34 VISTA members, who were placed on member campuses throughout the state, assessed local food insecurity needs and developed strategies and programs so campuses could respond to those needs. Since 2010 we have also directed VISTA members to coordinate programming for “Hunger and Homeless Awareness” week.
November 2011 to March 2012, in conjunction with our Tenth Year Anniversary. The challenge was meant to promote and collate campus efforts to address food insecurity. Thirteen NC Campus Compact members participated in the effort, which resulted in 19,946 pounds of food and 15,297 food items collected; 107,457 meals created or served; 7253 volunteer hours and $21,802 funds raised.
In fall 2015 we launched the Food Access Learning Community for staff and faculty engaged in food acess/hunger alleviation activities. Click here for an overview of the LC. The 2015-16 facilitator is Stacey Rusterholz, Elon University. Questions? Send an email to email@example.com.
What Can YOU Do?
2014-15 Hunger Solutions Webinar Series
This 3-part webinar series explored 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 was sponsored by AARP-NC. Learn more about AARP's hunger initiatives below.
The third installment in NC Campus Compact’s Hunger Solutions Webinar Series highlighted the challenges of poverty and food insecurity facing NC’s rapidly growing older adult population. Participants learned about the various food, energy, and nutrition assistance programs available to assist seniors.
View the recording (did not record first 10 minutes)
North Carolina Community Garden Partners:
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.
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.
The Campus Kitchens Project provides student-powered hunger relief and trains the next generation of leaders to implement innovative new models to combat hunger.
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.
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.
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: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CNSTAT/DBASSE_081775
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: http://www.results.org/issues/health_care_for_all/.
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:
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.
Best Practice Workshops
"The Hunger-Obesity Paradox" - Provost Rogan Kersh, Wake Forest University
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.
View pictures of the event here. Photos by Roger Winstead/NC State University
Click here for speaker and presenter bios.
If you have questions about this initiative, please contact Leslie Garvin.