Students at Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Caswell County Campus collected canned and boxed food items on February 4 during their “Souper Bowl” drive. The 341 items collected will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank which supplies the Caswell Parrish.
“The original goal WAS 250 cans and as you can see, the students worked together and exceeded their goal by almost 100 items. I’m so proud of these students and their dedication to the greater community.” commented Emily Buchanan, Director, Caswell County Campus Operations.
The food drive effort is part of the second annual Collegiate Hunger Challenge, where PCC 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.
PCC student Jeremy Blackwell was nominated to serve as the MVP Student Hunger Ambassador to lead the campaign. Blackwell is a second year student enrolled in PCC’s College Transfer Pathway, and he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
When asked why he wanted to participate in the Collegiate Hunger Challenge, Blackwell shared, “I felt that people should truly understand why they are doing this challenge. Not just do it, but know the reason behind it and realize how serious [food poverty] is in our area. I want to make sure that people in this community aren’t afraid of running out of food.”
He will work with staff mentor Emily Buchanan on projects throughout the competition dates. The next activity is scheduled for April when PCC students and employees will participate in hunger-related activities as part of Week to Engage, an annual event focused on volunteerism in the community. If you want to get involved, please email Emily Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Photo: PCC students make food drive fune with “Souper Bowl” theme; Zachary Walker, Jonathan Willis, Latisha Springfield with food collected during “Souper Bowl” Food Drive