Carolina Cupboard will provide food assistance to individuals of the Carolina community be they student, staff, or faculty by acquiring and distributing food to those in need on this campus. The purpose of Carolina Cupboard is multidimensional in that it seeks to provide hunger-relief as well as educating, empowering, and engaging the surrounding community on issues related to food insecurity, poverty, and health & nutrition.
The need for this organization comes at a time when individuals in our very own community are burdened by personal economic strife thus contributing to students experiencing food insecurities. Over the past year, we have heard numerous anecdotal stories from people expressing how at times they’ve went without food because of extenuating circumstances – greatly affecting their academics. Even more so, a great deal of the staff that work for this university are below the poverty level – and these are some of the most hard working individuals on UNC’s campus. They are priceless gems of this university just as much as students. Through this food pantry initiative, we hope to ensure that those in our community that are experiencing food poverty and insecurities will have one less burden to carry.