The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) was developed through a collaboration of dedicated faculty, staff and students at the university to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-wage UNC employees. Many of these founding garden members are affiliated with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), the North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC Employees Forum, and the original student group that managed a student campus garden Carolina Garden Co-op (CGC),. This dynamic group has been led by a garden manager to realize a highly productive, community-catalyzing garden that now distributes ample produce twice a week to low-wage UNC employees, primarily housekeepers.
Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) served on a collaborative committee to submit a successful application for North Carolina to serve as one of the inaugural hosts of the national FoodCorps program. FoodCorps places motivated young leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service and is similar in ways to the AmeriCorps program. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, FoodCorps Service Members, deliver hands-on nutrition education, build and tend school gardens, and strategize about how best to bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. During this competitive process, HPDP researchers were successful in securing a FoodCorps member to live for a year in Warren County, where a number of symbiotic sustainable agriculture research projects led by HPDP are taking place. A total of six FoodCorps members have been placed in NC and they will be working to build school gardens as well as community capacity related to helping schools source food from local farmers.
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education) at UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture funded program charged with making healthy food more accessible to SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamp) eligible individuals in North Carolina. In partnership with community based organizations the SNAP-Ed UNC team utilizes a policy, systems and environmental approach to community based research in fourteen counties across North Carolina.
For more detail about the UNC’s SNAP-Ed, see the program description and project descriptions below.
The BECR Center is funded by the USDA to promote healthy, economical food choice through the use of behavioral economics. Under the direction of Matthew Harding, the Center is a joint collaboration between both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alice Ammerman is the UNC Principal Investigator. Duke and UNC are uniquely suited to host the BECR Center as it allows researchers and grantees to benefit from synergies with additional researchers within the two universities as well as community-based partners.
The SNAP-Ed/EFNEP Southern Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE-South) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NC State) is an integrated project funded by a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This project was created in order to improve the health of low-income Americans through multiple strategies, including complementary nutrition education and public health approaches. The RNECE Initiative’s work equips Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) implementing agencies to create a culture of wellness where program participants experience measurable improvements in their health, nutrition and physical activity.