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

APPLY FOR A SUMMER MEALS INTERN! Sponsors are being recruited to serve as host sites for a summer intern. By participating in the program, sponsors will gain an additional in-person team member for their program paid for by No Kid Hungry NC at no cost to the sponsor. Priority deadline Feb. 9. Learn more and apply.

NUTRITION EDUCATION CLASSES: Our nutrition education lessons include peer discussion, interactive activities to teach participants about different nutrition topics, and a recipe demonstration. Tuesdays at 6:30pm. Join us!

REGISTER TODAY: The 2024 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 in Chapel Hill. The event is an annual day of celebration and inspiration for everyone in our state interested in making sure kids have access to healthy food in schools and beyond. Learn more and register.

OUR YEAR IN PICTURES: The Carolina Hunger Initiative and No Kid Hungry NC team is taking a look back at all of the partnerships, programs, and people that made 2023 a year to remember. See our 2023 highlights.

Free Nutrition Classes

NEW winter 2024 series announced! These lessons include peer discussion, interactive activities to teach participants about different nutrition topics, and a recipe demonstration. Join us!

School Meals for All NC

We believe every child in every public school in North Carolina should have access to breakfast and lunch at no cost to their families. Join us.

NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference

Register for our annual day of celebration and inspiration coming up on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.


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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