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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THE LATEST:

2021 SUMMER PROFILES:
Get the details on participation rates and funds accessed by each county in NC through the Summer Nutrition Programs. Learn more.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS: The priority of Carolina Hunger Initiative and many of our partners is making sure that kids have the nutrition they need to thrive. Because so many kids depend on school for their nutrition, this can’t happen without school staffs that have the full resources and support they need. Learn more.

2022 NC CHILD HUNGER LEADERS CONFERENCE: Register now for this 11th annual day of inspiration and celebration. FREE and ONLINE. Learn more.

IMPORTANT SUMMER MEALS TEXTING HOTLINE UPDATE: No Kid Hungry’s summer hotline texting hotline has a new number. Text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 during the summer months to find a site near you with free meals for kids. The 304-304 number replaces the former hotline number, 877-877. Learn 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.