Hello everyone! Here’s a quick update on what our members have been up to so far this semester and what we have to look forward to in the next month:
Upcoming: Dine Below the Line
We are gearing up for our annual spring service event! This year, Nutrition Coalition is partnering with Carolina Microfinance, The Sonder Market, and TABLE-NC to cohost Dine Below the Line — a series of events running from April 12th through April 16th.
Join other UNC students living on $1.25 of food a day. Attend speaker events and a film screening, and help raise awareness of hunger issues here and worldwide. This project aims to stimulate discussion across campus about hunger issues and raise funds to help tackle the problem. All proceeds will be split between TABLE-NC and Women’s Global Empowerment Fund.
Sunday April 12th: The challenge begins on Sunday evening. Join us for a kick-off dinner and food box collection at the Campus Y. Your food box will contain all your budgeted food for the four days.
Thursday April 16th: Speaker series: ‘Food Insecurity in North Carolina,’ Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, 4:30-5:30pm. Speakers include: Professor Berner, Professor Ammerman and the Director of Tar Heel Table. And Celebration dinner (catered by Hunger Lunch) to mark the end of the “Dine Below the Line” challenge followed by a debriefing discussion, Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, 6pm.
Give Kids a Smile
Nutrition Coalition had a lot of fun participating for the second time in the UNC School of Dentistry’s Give Kids a Smile event. Our volunteers got to hang out with over 100 Durham Head Start children and talk to them about eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! This was a great opportunity for our organization to collaborate with other students from the dental, medical, and nursing schools for a fun cause.
FOOD CHAIN$ Film Screening
In mid-March, we partnered with UNC’s Nutrition Department and our local AND chapter — the Durham Chapel Hill Dietetic Association — for our annual spring film screening. We gathered at the Chapel Hill Public Library for the screening and enjoyed a discussion led by Dr. Alice Ammerman that followed. If you weren’t able to attend, FOOD CHAIN$ is a great film about farm workers in Florida and elsewhere fighting for better working conditions and wages. The film also sheds some light on the often-overlooked conditions that allow us to buy relatively cheap produce. You can learn more about FOOD CHAIN$ here.