North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger

Food Lion Feeds "Collegiate Hunger Challenge" (2018) 

In August 2018 North Carolina Campus Compact joined forces with Food Lion Feeds to launch a “Collegiate Hunger Challenge” mobilizing colleges & universities to address hunger in their local community. A geographically diverse group of 17 schools -- including 4-year colleges and universities and 2-year community colleges -- will compete by promoting hunger education, awareness and feeding events in partnership with their local food bank, on-campus pantries and 

Food Lion stores.  Also campuses received points per social media post touting #foodlionfeeds. A $10,000 was awarded to the campus with the most campus/community engagement during the campagin and a second award of $10,000 was awarded for the campus that collected the most food – adjusted for school size – during a SOUPer Bowl.  Each campus selected an MVP Student Hunger Ambassador to help run the Collegiate Challenge from September 17 – December 3. Each campus received a $500 budget to support their efforts and each MVP Ambassador received a $500 stipend. 

The winning campuses are:

Elizabeth City State University (Souper Bowl Food Drive)
NC Central University (campus/community engagement)  

The prize funds will support hunger-related initiatives such as campus-based food pantries, campus or community gardens, food recovery efforts modeled on the Campus Kitchen Project or the Food Recovery Network, and fresh produce distribution. 

Participating Institutions

Central Piedmont Community College
Davidson County Community College
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
Guilford College
Guilford Technical Community College
High Point University
North Carolina A &T State University
North Carolina Central University
Pfeiffer University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Wake Forest University
Wake Technical Community College
Western Carolina University
Wingate University

“We are excited to partner with NC Campus Compact and these 17 campuses that are already doing so much around food insecurity,” said Pat Taft, Community Relations Manager for Food Lion.  “It is a natural fit for us because we are passionate about feeding our neighbors who shop with us and those who may have the difficult task of choosing between rent and gas and groceries.  We want to encourage the great work these students are already doing and by supporting their efforts we can broaden the reach of our hunger relief efforts in the towns and cities we serve.”

Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has made a commitment to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Since the launch of Food Lion Feeds in 2014, the grocer has donated more than 400 million meals through in-store campaigns, in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism. 

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit


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. 

Our “Statewide Challenge to End Hunger” ran from 
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 2012 and 2013, we sponsored two"NC Campuses Against Hunger" conferences to explore hunger-related issues and discuss ideas and initiatives to fight food insecurity.  In response to the proliferation of campuses-based food pantries, we hosted a webinar in May 2014, “Establishing and Maintaining a Campus-Based Food Pantry,” to provide information and training for our member institutions.  In winter 2014-15, we partnered with AARP-NC to host the Hunger Solutions webinar series. Scroll down for highlights. 

In fall 2015 we facilitated a Food Access Learning Community for staff and faculty engaged in food acess/hunger alleviation activities.  Click here for an overview of the LC.  The facilitator was Stacey Rusterholz from Elon University.   

Ongoing Hunger Related Events

Spring Semester




What Can YOU Do?

Take Action

  • Read Youth Service America's 10 Ways You Can Help End Childhood Hunger.
  • Learn from the Ending Hunger Tip Sheets created by Youth Service America Everyday Young Hero Award winners.
  • 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.

  • End Summer Hunger -  The USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. You can find summer feeding sites and tools to help raise awareness as well as information about how to become a summer feeding site at the USDA's website.  Families in need can text 'Food' to 877-877, and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to them, or information about how to find food resources in their area. 

Keep Learning

Interesting Articles  & Reports

Reducing Food Insecurity Among Households with Children Still a Challenge for the United States, Brookings Institute, July 25, 2018

Food Insecurity: Colleges Step Up When Federal Funds, Social Programs Fall Short National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, April 25, 2018

As college costs rise, some Texas students go hungry. Will food scholarships help? Texas Tribune, April 10, 2018

The Hidden Crisis on College Campuses: 36 Percent of Students Don’t Have Enough to Eat (The Washington Post, April 3, 2018)

Still Hungry and Hopeless in College (Report from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2018)

Cal Poly Students Struggle to Afford Food. But this program can help (The Tribune, February 24, 2018)

Food Insecurity Remains a Barrier for Students on Campus (Education Dive brief, January 19, 2018) 

University of Minnesota Students Donate Thousands of Dorm Meals to Hungry Peers (article by Josh Verges, Duluth News Tribunte, December 26, 2017)

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.

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.)

View the recording

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

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. 

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.

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. 


  • NC State University - Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service
  • Stop Hunger Now
  • Universities Fighting World Hunger
  • Wake Forest University

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 Leslie Garvin.