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Carolina Hunger Initiative is a new part of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, continuing the work on child hunger projects that its team members have been doing at the Center since 2014. 

Nutrition is essential for academic success and helps ensure brighter futures. With all of the ways that children’s lives have been disrupted during the past year, it’s more important than ever to make sure they have consistent access to healthy meals. Food insecurity rates have skyrocketed during the pandemic emergency, reaching as high as 38.4% for families with children in North Carolina. 

That’s why Carolina Hunger Initiative is working statewide, in all 100 counties, to improve access to nutritious food year-round. Since NC schools first closed because of COVID-19 in March, our work has included: 

  • Connecting almost 13,000 rural NC kids with 1.6 million meals shipped directly to their homes. 
  • Creating new partnerships between school meal sponsors and local restaurants and businesses. 
  • Distributing grant funds to support flexible, inventive ways to reach children with healthy meals. 

Thank you for helping to sustain our work. Your support means we can continue to light the path of innovation that leads to a future where no child goes hungry in our state. 

Learn about the Carolina Hunger Initiative at


That's a wrap on the 10th annual #NCChildHungerLeaders conference. Check out the @carolina_hunger website for additional videos + resources.

We end the #NCChildHungerLeaders Conference like it began:
With gratitude for each of you and the work we do together;
With determination to do whatever it takes to end child hunger;
And with optimism for the journey ahead.

To help keep everyone safe, all school meals are individually packaged so that only students touch their meal. Meals are packaged and packed into warming bags for easy delivery to classrooms. #DayWithAHero @NoKidHungryNC @ncschoolmeals #NCChildHungerLeaders

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