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 serve with UNC Greensboro-based and other local food security initiatives in order to help our Guilford county community. The calendar at the bottom of this page shows every UNC Greensboro-based volunteering programs along with other community service projects run by local nonprofits. Many events require volunteer training or orientations, so please plan accordingly when contacting the service organization.

Farmer Foodshare Donation Station: A North Carolina Sustainer
based non-profit that fights hunger by connecting people who grow food to people who need it through local farmer’s markets. 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 purchasing power of the local farmers. Our Greensboro branch is 100% volunteer and always in need of your passion and hard work. Since August 2015, we have donated over 1,500 pounds of produce to hunger organizations throughout Guilford County! Sign up to volunteer here.

Farm to Plate – Our Community Cooks: A branch program of Farmer Foodshare, Farm to Plate is a program that teaches biweekly cooking classes at the Pathways Center. By working with vulnerable populations, we pass on recipes and cooking knowledge while giving the residents the agency to cook what they want. In this way, we promote self-esteem and nutrition, all with a whisk in hand!

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. We are working to start a local chapter at UNCG. Our group has partnered locally with the Center of Hope, a 98-bed facility, and four Boys & Girls Clubs, serving over 250 children.

C.A.R.E.: A community after school program run by The Wesley Luther Foundation and the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement that works to help child development by providing meals and tutoring services to K-12 students. Community After-School Relationships in Education (C.A.R.E.) is currently seeking UNCG student volunteer tutors and cooks for their Thursday night programming. C.A.R.E. combines soup kitchen with K-12 homework help, helping our neighbors to excel in school. Volunteers are provided with carpooling openings, a free meal, a chance to brush up on multiplication tables, and a fulfilling opportunity to bond with local children.

Spartan Open Pantry: Wesley-Luther 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!

IMG_0029OLCE Campus Garden Plots: The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement has rented several garden plots from UNCG Campus Garden. All produce gleaned is donated to BackPack Beginning’s Grimsley High School food pantry program. Come learn basics of three season gardening by helping us plan our crops this upcoming year and then get your hands dirty with us in that soil!

Food Insecurity Service Trip: This year, OLCE is proud to announce a service trip solely focused on food insecurity in Guilford County. A staycation for UNCG students, our group will visit five different nonprofits in Greensboro and the surrounding area to see how different organizations are working to fight food insecurity. The trip will highlight the maneuverability of these organizations in fighting the multifaceted Goliath that is hunger.

servGSOs: OLCE’s one-time weekend service projects, many servGSO’s will be working to help nonprofits fighting hunger in Greensboro. For more information, please visit our webpage on servGSOs.

Food Ethics Discussion Group: *NEW!* There will be an interest meeting to discuss the formation of a new discussion series focusing on food ethics on Thursday, October 27th at 5pm in EUC Birch. We will be deciding what topics participants are most interested in, how often we would like to meet, and other logistical matters. All are welcome!

If you have questions about current service opportunities, as well as suggestions for programming or new community partners, please contact Allison Heisel at 



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.