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Food Insecurity Initiatives

UNC Greensboro is proud to join the fight against Guilford County food insecurity. Guilford County is currently ranked as the #1 area of food insecurity in the entire United States of America. Between 2010-15 North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages.

Come and serve with UNC Greensboro-based food security initiatives in order to help our Guilford County and UNCG community.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 

At UNCG, the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement works with campus partners and a student planning committee to plan and host a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events. Click here to learn more! 

Empty Bowls 

This annual event takes a stand against local food insecurity and hunger. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to paint ceramic bowls while learning more about UNCG food insecurity and the resources UNCG provides! These bowls are then sold to raise money for Spartan Open Pantry. Learn more about this year’s event here.

Farmer Foodshare Donation Station

A North Carolina basedSustainer non-profit that fights hunger by connecting people who grow food to people who need it through local farmer’s markets. UNCG volunteers manage our Donation Station at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market where customers can donate produce or cash. Donated funds are then spent at the market to increase the purchasing power of the local farmers.

Summer Fundraiser | June 12th, 2021

Raised $250 in cash donations to purchase fresh produce for Spartan Open Pantry!

Destination Full Plate

A clue-guided tour of UNCG’s food and financial security resources. Participants will leave this tour with a better idea of what is available to them and their friends during an emergency situation or as a long-term plan for preventing food insecurity. 

Date: TBD

Register Here! (registration added in August 2021)

Food Recovery Network (FRN)

A national non-profit that unites students on college campuses to fight waste and feed people by recovering surplus, unsold food and donating it to people in need. Each chapter works with on-campus dining halls and other, off-campus outlets to divert food from the landfill to community members in need, while also raising awareness on issues of food waste and hunger in America. Join the UNCG student chapter or volunteer with them to recover food from the caf on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30. Email frn.uncg@gmail.com or look them up on Spartan Connect. Currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Spartan Open Pantry

Wesley-Luther Campus Ministries is proud to oversee the Spartan Open Pantry, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s food pantry for students and staff in need of assistance.  From assistance for students who need a little help at the end of the month, to homeless students and families who depend on the pantry for complete support, the SOP assists our neighbors who need a hand.  Volunteers are always needed! Sign-up to help at the pantry here or consider organizing your own food drive. Check with SOP to see what they need first!

Jessica Agbemavor (she/hers) Food Insecurity Student Coordinator

If you have questions about current service opportunities, as well as suggestions for programming or new community partners, please contact OLCE, lead@uncg.edu or the ’21 -’22 Food Insecurity Student Coordinator, Jessica Agbemavor at jpagbema@uncg.edu.


Data is from 2014 Hunger in America Study, by Feeding America and the Food Hardship in America 2012 Report from the Food Research and Action Center.  http://ncfoodbanks.org/hunger-in-north-carolina/