We are excited to highlight the great work of Central Piedmont Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Western Piedmont Community College who participated in the Statewide Challenge to Alleviate Hunger.
Central Piedmont Community College
During the Challenge CPCC collected 1074 pounds of food , served 950 meals, and donated 525 food items through efforts by the Student Government Association, Gait’R Club and the Dental Hygiene Club. Individuals and groups served 224 volunteer hours addressing food insecurity with the Ashley Park Community Garden, Second Harvest Food Bank, Friendship Trays and Loaves & Fishes.
To kickoff the challenge, Durham Tech volunteers participated in a field gleaning with the Society of Saint Andrew. They were part of a team that collected over 6,000 pounds of sweet potatoes that were distributed by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to families in need during the holiday season. As part of its annual MLK Celebrations, Durham Tech faculty and staff partnered with Urban Ministries of Durham, an agency which provides services for low-income and homeless residents of Durham County. Volunteers assembled 45 casseroles, which will feed over 500 people at UMD’s Community Café. They also donated dozens of non-perishable food items to stock the UMD pantry.
The campus also continued its partnership with Briggs Avenue Community Garden, which provides locals a place to grow healthy produce for their families. A DTCC health class completed two workdays in which they helped prepare the garden for planting.
Western Piedmont Community College
- Horticulture/Sustainable Agriculture club gleaned fields and collected 500 pounds of greens which were delivered to
various food pantries and soup kitchens.
- Phi Theta Kappa collected 173 pounds of food.
- SGA collected food for the Souper Bowl drive and Mardi Gras which totaled 92 pounds.
- Christmas Luncheon collection of 75 pounds.
- Collection tubs were placed in various buildings around campus which collected 685.5 pounds.
Wake Technical Community College
Wake Tech’s goal during the Statewide Hunger Challenge was to increase awareness of as well as help alleviate food insecurity in the Wake County community, the state and globally. Students, faculty and staff participated in several projects from November 2011 to March 2012 that actively address the issue of hunger.
In November, collection bins were located at each of the College’s five campuses. Over 1,380 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items (equivalent to 1,165 meals) were collected and donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
In January, the College participated in the STOP HUNGER NOW project, of which the goal is to sustain resources globally for feeding the world’s most vulnerable populations. Members of volunteer teams served 160 hours, assembling 10,240 meal packages that will be delivered to impoverished areas in underdeveloped countries.
Service projects included the Wilmington Street Men’s Shelter, Food Bank and White Plains Children Center.
Approximately 1,350 meals were served during scheduled visits, totaling sixty-one volunteer hours, to the Men’s shelter. Forty-five (45) hours of service were provided at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, during which time volunteers sorted canned goods and repackaged potatoes and tomatoes. The MLK Day of Service project at the White Plains Children’s Center (32 hours) included sorting and bagging meals for the Back Pack Buddies Program through Interfaith Food Shuttle. These healthy meals are provided for children who are on free or reduced lunch programs at school and who might not have food over the weekend.
During the Statewide Hunger Challenge, Wake Technical Community College students, faculty and staff spent almost 300 volunteer hours creating 12,755 meals for and/or serving to individuals in need.