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.

WHAT’S NEW

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.

Summer Intern Recaps

Interns worked on the Summer Nutrition Program, which provides healthy meals at no cost to kids via thousands of sites in North Carolina. Take a look at the stories and lessons they brought back from their experience in counties across the state.

Free Online Cooking Classes

Cooking Matters at Home returns with the Fall Flavors series.

Nutrition Education Materials

Carolina Hunger Initiative’s nutrition education tools are a robust and growing resource for children, families, teachers, and nutrition professionals.


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.

Learn more about our team, our work, and the latest news, or contact us.


OUR PARTNERS


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 is based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.


Find resources and communications from our vital state partner, the NC Department of Public Instruction Office of School Nutrition.


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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