Fighting Hunger

NC Campus Compact seeks to respond to the needs of our communities and our state. Fighting hunger has been a special focus of our network.

Food Lion Feeds “Collegiate Hunger Challenge” (2018)

In August 2018 NC Campus Compact joined forces with Food Lion Feeds to launch the “Collegiate Hunger Challenge.” The project sought to mobilize colleges and universities to address hunger in their local community. The winning campus could receive $20,000 to fund hunger-related programs. Seventeen campuses — including 4-year colleges and universities and 2-year community colleges — participated.

Each campus selected a student leader to serve as its MVP Student Hunger Ambassador and spearhead the challenge. Each campus also received $500 from Food Lion to organize hunger education, awareness, and feeding events in partnership with their local food bank, on-campus pantries, and Food Lion stores. They also created social media posts using #foodlionfeeds.

The results are in! Elizabeth City State University won the $10,000 prize for the Souper Bowl Food Drive, collecting the most food, adjusted for enrollment. NC Central University won the $10,000 prize for overall campus-community hunger engagement.

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

Related Projects

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. Since 2010, VISTA members have also coordinated 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 sought 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. 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. In fall 2015 we facilitated a Food Access Learning Community for staff and faculty engaged in food access and hunger alleviation activities.