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NCCU Joins Partnership with Food Lion to Fight Hunger

George Price

North Carolina Central University has joined forces with the North Carolina Campus Compact and Food Lion Feeds for the “Collegiate Challenge” to address food insecurity and hunger in North Carolina.

NCCU will raise awareness about hunger through partnerships with local food banks, on-campus pantries and local Food Lion stores. Eighteen universities and community colleges who are members of the North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network with a shared commitment to community engagement, will compete to foster the most engagement.  

Winning schools will receive $10,000 for the most engagement and creativity on campus, a second award of $10,000 will be awarded for the campus that collects the most food adjusted for school size in a food drive.  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. The Collegiate Challenge runs from September through December 2018.

Junior nursing major George Price will lead NCCU’s campaign as the MVP Student Hunger Ambassador. His passion for addressing food insecurity in the community as well as his ambition to deliver resources to aid in student success was a natural fit to lead the team.

To support NCCU’s team, individuals can contribute the university’s food drive via the Food Lion application.

“We are excited not only to be a part of this initiative but also for Mr. Price to be able to work on his passion of educating and helping the community with food security and healthy eating choices,” said Calleen Herbert, director of NCCU’s Office of Community Engagement and Service.

In a press release, Food Lion Community Relations Manager Pat Taft noted her excitement to partner with NCCU and the other NC Campus Compact institutions as they “are already doing so much around food insecurity.”

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. 

“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,” Taft added.

Help the Eagles today by demonstrating your engagement. Simply use the hashtag #FoodLionFeedsNCCU on social media. The more you post with the hashtag, the more points NCCU receives!


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