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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.


Student paints a bowl at the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for Spartan Open Pantry.

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. Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 13-21, 2021. 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.

Destination Full Plate

We will be going on a clue-led tour around UNCG to learn more about what resources are available on-campus for food security. Get to know more about campus resources while meeting new people! Join us as an individual, or as a group of up to 3. All participants will win prizes and treats, so what are you waiting for? This year’s event took place on September 8 from 4-5 p.m.

The Farmer Foodshare Donation Station at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market every Saturday.

Farmer Foodshare Donation Station

A North Carolina based 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.

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!


Food Insecurity Student Collective

The Food Insecurity Student Collective consists of a group of students who are passionate and dedicated to raising awareness about food insecurity in the UNCG community. Collective members assist with OLCE events and programming around food insecurity, such as Farmer Foodshare, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge, etc.


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 the Food Insecurity Student Coordinator, Jessica Agbemavor at jpagbema@uncg.edu.

Sources:

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/