Yanceyville, NC – Piedmont Community College (PCC) is participating in the second annual Collegiate Hunger Challenge, where it will compete against 11 other North Carolina colleges and universities for up to $22,000 to put towards fighting hunger on and around campus. The Collegiate Hunger Challenge was created by Food Lion Feeds and North Carolina Campus Compact, a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility. Through the competition, which runs from January 26 – April 25, PCC will earn points based on several activities the school participates in, all centered around collecting and donating food for neighbors in need or hunger awareness.

“We know hunger on and around college campuses is a significant issue, and we’re excited to partner with the next generation of leaders to find solutions for our neighbors in need,” said Emma Inman, director of external communications and community relations at Food Lion. “We were so impressed with the creativity and excitement in the inaugural contest last year and can’t wait to see how this year’s participants fresh, innovative ideas to fight hunger in their communities.”

As part of the challenge, each school nominates an MVP Student Hunger Ambassador who is responsible for leading the effort on each campus. Piedmont Community College has selected student Jeremy Blackwell to serve as the MVP Student Hunger Ambassador to lead the campaign. Jeremy was selected because of his leadership skills and passion for service. Jeremy will work with staff mentor, Emily Buchanan. If you want to get involved, please email Emily Buchanan at emily.buchanan@piedmontcc.edu.

PCC’s Food Lion Feeds Kick-Off event was held on Tuesday, January 28 where students volunteered their time to sign people up for Food Lion MVP cards in an effort to earn points toward $10,000 for our local food bank. The next event will be a canned food drive on campus. PCC’s Phi Theta Kappa members are also assisting to make these events a great success.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding 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 donated more than 500 million meals to individuals and families since 2014, and has committed to donate 1 billion more meals by 2025. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About North Carolina Campus Compact
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy.

About Piedmont Community College
Piedmont Community College, a public two-year institution that provides diverse educational opportunities in a learner-centered environment, serves the citizens of Person and Caswell counties. The College’s mission focuses on assisting individuals to improve their quality of life through offering lifelong learning opportunities, as well as acting as a catalyst for economic development. Learn more at www.piedmontcc.edu.

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