NC Colleges and Universities Add Student Food Pantries

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JAY PRICE         jprice@newsobserver.comMarch 26, 2014

RALEIGH — North Carolina is part of a national boom of new food pantries that are sprouting in a surprising location: college campuses.

The latest opened at N.C. Central University in Durham on Tuesday, joining others at N.C. State University, Meredith College, Durham Technical Community College and at least four other North Carolina schools. Nearly all the pantries are less than 18 months old, and plans for one on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus are in discussion.

“Every time you turn around, another one is popping up,” said Sally Parlier, the volunteer services coordinator at Durham Tech, who works with the pantry there and advised NCCU on how to start and run its own.

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Legal Feeding Frenzy Off To Rousing Start

By Russell Rawlings March 7, 2014

Feeding frenzy pix 2014Volunteers, special guests and representatives of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC in Winston-Salem joined Attorney General Roy Cooper on Thursday, March 6, to formally launch the 2014 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy.

“I am excited about our office sponsoring this,” said Cooper, who is serving as honorary chair of the statewide food drive for the second year. “We will be with you every step of the way. Let’s help the people who need it the most.

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U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year

Calorie Wasteby ELIZA BARCLAY    

The sheer volume of food wasted in the U.S. each year should cause us some shame, given how many people are hungry both in our own backyard and abroad.

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided us with a way to understand our flagrant annual waste in terms of calories, too. It’s pretty mind-boggling — 141 trillion calories down the drain, so to speak, or 1,249 calories per capita per day.

And if we could actually reduce this staggering quantity of food waste, the price of food worldwide might go down, according to a report from researchers at USDA’s Economic Research Service, Jean Buzby, Hodan Wells and Jeffrey Hyman.




Farm bill: Why don’t taxpayers subsidize the foods that are better for us?

BRIAN STAUFFER Washington Post february 18, 2014Farm Subsidies

Read the farm bill, and a big problem jumps right out at you: Taxpayers heavily subsidize corn and soy, two crops that facilitate the meat and processed food we’re supposed to eat less of, and do almost nothing for the fruits and vegetables we’re supposed to eat more of. If there’s any obligation to spend the public’s money in a way that’s consistent with that same public’s health, shouldn’t it be the other way around?

The problem dates back to the bill’s inception in the 1930s, when farms raised livestock and grew a mix of crops, including staple crops (corn, wheat, oats, barley) and what the bill calls “specialty crops” but what the rest of us know as fruits and vegetables.

From the 1930s to 1980, subsidies alone weren’t substantial enough to significantly change the mix of crops on farms, according to Vincent Smith, professor of economics at Montana State University and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “In 1980, we introduced crop insurance subsidies of substance that began to change the ways in which farmers manage risk, and to discourage diversification,” he says. And then we increased them until they became very substantial, and farmers, at least to some extent, farmed to the bill the way teachers teach to a test. Read more at

North Carolina’s poorest hit by federal cuts: ‘Unless someone helps, we’re bust’

 Poverty -- NPRPaul Lewisin Hertford, North Carolina The Guardian, Wednesday 15 January 2014 14.12 EST

Eight hours may seem a long time to wait for a meal. But the line of cars that formed in a derelict parking lot in Hertford, North Carolina, early last Thursday morning, full of people waiting for a few cans of soup and some pasta from a local food bank, was nothing unusual. Almost every morning now, there is a line like that somewhere in North Carolina.

 The cars appeared in Hertford shortly before 8am, though the truck bringing the food was not scheduled to arrive until 4pm. Volunteers who hand out the food said it is not uncommon for cars to start lining up before dawn. Read more at:

Asheville cabbie offers rides for food donations; MANNA FoodBank to get the canned goods

Demetrius JonesSabien Warren  Dec 9, 2013 Asheville Citizen

ASHEVILLE — As he goes to sleep each night in the back seat of his taxi cab, Demetris Jones has a thick blanket to keep him warm — and big dreams to boost his spirits.

He is plotting nothing less than a transportation empire, but with a humanitarian twist. From noon-6 p.m. on Sundays, you can catch a ride in his taxi for five cans of food that he will donate to MANNA FoodBank.

Jones started his company, Illski Transports, in August and added the canned food fare option in September.

“I’ve been hungry,” said Jones, 37, who recalls times during his youth when flour and sugar were the only food items in his house. “I have a thing in my heart for people who are in that situation. This is a chance for me to provide something for other people.”

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Richard Petty helps provide food for NC families

Smithfield EventWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — NASCAR legend Richard Petty teamed up with Smithfield and Lowes Foods Friday morning to donate 345,000 pounds of food to seven food banks across North Carolina, providing more than one million meals to needy families.The donation is part of Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program, which supports food banks, after-school nutrition programs, and natural-disaster relief efforts across the country.

How food stamp cuts hurt us all in NC


Published: November 1, 2013       

By Alan Briggs
For 35 years, the food stamp program stood as an example of bipartisan collaboration. Congressional leaders in its creation were political opposites Bob Dole and George McGovern. It would be a sad blow to that legacy for this Congress to eviscerate it.

Food stamps are not a support system.They are an assistance program. The average monthly benefit in North Carolina is $121.37 a person, roughly $1.35 per meal. Not a lot you might think, but for many it means filling a prescription and having a meal, paying the heating bill and having a meal or being able to put gas in the car and having a meal.

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Providing free meals for all students in some districts may be right course

By BOB RAY SANDERS — Fort Worth Star-Telegram  October 13, 2013
It’s one thing to talk about all the starving children in Third World or developing countries; it’s another to address the issue of kids in America who don’t have enough to eat.The very thought of one child, let alone millions, going to bed hungry is disturbing. Then expand on that theme with a young boy or girl waking up hungry each morning and heading off to school having eaten little or no food.We’ve known for decades that a hungry child probably will not do well in the classroom and that when children receive daily meals they not only are more likely to come to school but also perform better academically, in class and on standardized tests.

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NC has money to resume funding WIC program

By Joseph Neff 10/11/13

Poverty -- NPRNorth Carolina has enough federal money to provide food to the state’s low-income mothers and their babies, the state budget director said Thursday. Art Pope said there is enough money on hand to fully fund the WIC program, officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

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