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Project Title

Carolina Hunger Initiative

Funding Dates

Ongoing since 2020


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Carolina Hunger Initiative (CHI) is supporting innovations that help schools and community organizations put food directly in the hands of North Carolinians who need it. It uses programming, applied research, and compelling communications to support policy, systems, and environmental changes that more readily connect people with the food they need.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CHI has taken new approaches to support our state’s food systems, including: shipping meals directly to the homes of rural children; inviting restaurants and vendors to form new partnerships with schools and community organizations that operate federal nutrition programs; and sharing the voices of front line school nutrition workers across the state.

CHI works in collaboration with No Kid Hungry North Carolina, which is a partnership between Share Our Strength and the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Research Areas 

Cardiovascular Health, Obesity, and Diabetes
Children’s Health
Health Equity
Healthy Food Access
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Rural Health


Lou Anne Crumpler


US Department of Agriculture
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina


Carolina Hunger Initiative website