N.C. A&T Family Set to Grant Holiday Wishes to Local Foster Children

Tiffany S. Jones

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2018) – To kick off the traditional season of giving, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University faculty, staff and students will unite to grant holiday wishes of more than 200 foster children during the second annual “Winter Wishes in Aggieland.”

The Aggie family will gather with representatives from the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at the Deese Clock Tower in the center of campus at 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, to collect holiday gifts.

“Winter Wishes is all about our university doing its little part to ensure that these children, who are in foster care through no fault of their own, are able to have a little holiday cheer,” said Ray Trapp, director of external affairs at N.C. A&T.

Gift drop-offs begin at 3 p.m., Monday. As shuttle buses are loaded, the Aggie family will receive giveaways, holiday treats and performances by the Aggie Cheerleaders, the award-winning North Carolina A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir and the Blue and Gold Marching Machine.

As a land-grant institution, A&T remains committed to continuing its heritage and history of service and civic and community engagement.

NCCU Athletics Staff Members Box More Than 17,000 Meals

Kyle Serba

Instead of hosting a department holiday staff gathering, North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree invited staff members to come together for a community service project at the Food Bank of Greater Central & Eastern North Carolina in Durham.

On Friday morning (Dec. 21), NCCU Athletics Department staff members teamed up to build 856 boxes of food, equating to more than 17,000 meals for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

“This was a great opportunity for our staff to lead by example and make sure our community knows we stand committed to helping others,” said McCree. “It was also a way to continue building a culture of giving and another opportunity to participate in a team-building activity with our coaches, staff and student-athletes.”

During the 2017-18 season, NCCU student-athletes completed more than 6,000 hours of community service.

About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

The mission of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is: No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Established in 1980, the Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties for over 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington.

Sadly, food insecurity remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

To donate, volunteer or learn more about the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, visit www.foodbankcenc.org.


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N.C. A&T Partners with Food Lion Feeds to Address Hunger and Food Insecurity
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“People need to see what food insecurity and what hunger look like. They have no face. It looks like you and me,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation. Our goal as Aggies is to make our food pantry sustainable on campus and get as much food collected as possible. The end goal is to stop food insecurity in general.”  Nicole Gregory, a food and nutritional science student  and Miss Senior serves as the MVP Ambassador and a campaign leader.
East Greensboro, N.C. (Sept. 25,2018) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has joined forces with Food Lion Feeds and North Carolina Campus Compact for a “Collegiate Challenge” to address hunger and food insecurity in the local East Greensboro community and throughout the state.

 “We are excited to partner with NC Campus Compact and these 18 campuses that are already doing so much around food insecurity,” said Pat Taft, Community Relations Manager for Food Lion. “We want to encourage the great work these students are already doing and by supporting their efforts we can broaden the reach of our hunger relief efforts in the towns and cities we serve.”  Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 southeastern and mid- states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its long-standing heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group.    Student Development