Carolina Hunger Initiative

The Carolina Hunger Initiative is a project at the University of North Carolina working in collaboration with No Kid Hungry North Carolina, part of Share Our Strength’s national No Kid Hungry Campaign.

CAROLINA HUNGER INITIATIVE:
Improving access to healthy meals year-round for North Carolinians.

The Carolina Hunger Initiative is a project at the University of North Carolina working in collaboration with NO KID HUNGRY NORTH CAROLINA, part of Share Our Strength’s national No Kid Hungry Campaign.

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NEW:

Cooking Matters:
A new round FREE, ONLINE Cooking Matters sessions have been announced for Summer 2022! This series takes place Wednesday at 7pm (ET). Learn more and register.

SummerMeals4NCKids Internship Program:
Interns with be hired as paid employees of Carolina Hunger Initiative and will be placed with NC Summer Nutrition Program Sponsors, which are located throughout North Carolina and provide free meals to kids and teens during the summer. Learn more and apply.

Update on Summer 2022 and School Year 22-23 Operations: This resource from No Kid Hungry is a helpful look at how nutrition programs will be affected by the end of emergency waivers. Stay tuned for more resources about these changes designed for families. Read more.

Based at the UNC CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION (UNC HPDP), the Carolina Hunger Initiative partners with school systems, state agencies, community organizations, local businesses, and more to expand access to healthy meals year-round for North Carolinians.

We use programming, applied research, and compelling communications to support policy, systems, and environmental changes to more readily connect people with the food they need. Carolina Hunger Initiative welcomes and embraces ideas for the tough challenges we face now and tomorrow. Our goal is to incubate sustainable solutions for expanding equitable food access.


Our Work

COVID-19 Response

After Governor Roy Cooper announced NC schools would close due to the COVID-19 emergency, our team launched tools to provide resources for meal providers and to inform families in need where free, healthy meals for kids would be available.

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Child Nutrition Team at UNC HPDP

Working with school districts and community partners across the state, our goal is to end childhood hunger by increasing access to healthy food options served through the underutilized federally-assisted nutrition programs for kids.

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Blue Cross NC Child Hunger Impact Project

This three-year funding partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is awarding grants statewide to schools and community organizations that provide critical meals for kids who need them at breakfast, after school, and in the summer.

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Find resources and communications from our vital state partner, the NC Department of Public Instruction – Child Nutrition Services.