For 21 years, Food Lion has played a major role in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament, serving as the only retail grocer sponsor.
Every year, the CIAA is an exciting time for the participating colleges and universities, athletes and students alike. However, for some of the students, this is also a time where they are looking for their next meal. That's why Food Lion Feeds partnered with two CIAA schools, Johnson C. Smith University and Livingstone College, to install college food pantries on their campuses.
Unfortunately, many students are forced to make choices between buying books and buying groceries. Hungry students are also less able to concentrate on their studies. Reports from Feeding America® show that students who have access to nutritious meals are better able to choose education first!
On February 19, Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), in partnership with Food Lion, opened an on-campus pantry in the George E. Davis House. Named the Golden Bulls Stock Market, the pantry will aid low-income students with food needs during the academic year.
The second CIAA campus pantry is housed at Livingstone College. The school's Blue Bear Pantry opened on February 23 as students witnessed more than 5,000 meals being donated to the school through Food Lion Feeds. They pantry will serve their transit full-time students.
The JCSU and Livingstone pantries are among a dozen college pantries in North Carolina, according to publicly available data. This is the fourth food pantry Food Lion Feeds has initiated on college campuses since it was established in June 2013.