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.
SCHOOL MEALS FOR ALL NC: We are working to secure funding for school meals for all so that every child in every public school in North Carolina has access to breakfast and lunch at no cost to their families. Want to join us in this important work? Sign up to join monthly coalition meetings or to stay updated on our School Meals for All NC Campaign.
SAVE THE DATE: The 2023 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference, our 12th annual event, will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2023. This year’s conference will be held in-person at The Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill. Details on registration are coming soon. Learn more.
WE’RE HIRING: Interested in working with the Carolina Hunger Initiative at UNC? We are looking for a new Program Specialist to support budget management for our team. Applications due Saturday, Nov. 12. Learn more.
RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE: This NC Debrief webinar recaps the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, and provides an overview of the work already being done to meet goals in North Carolina. Watch here.
ABOUT CAROLINA HUNGER INITIATIVE
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.
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.
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.
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.