The fifth year of the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge may be nearing the finish line, but the 13 competing campuses are far from slowing down. With three weeks still remaining in the challenge, these campuses have already collected approximately 10,000 food items for their school pantries and organized almost 50 events to eradicate hunger on campus. 

A collaboration between Food Lion Feeds and NC Campus Engagement, the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge empowers students from North Carolina colleges and universities to compete for a grand $10,000 prize as they raise awareness about food insecurity and collect donations that will stock their campus pantries. 

Since the 2023 competition kick-off on September 11, the Student Hunger Ambassadors from each school have been on a mission to accumulate points by organizing events on and around their campus. Student Hunger Ambassadors are required to host five events, and they have the option to host up to six additional bonus events for extra points. Campuses must host each of the following events at minimum:

  • Launch Week
  • Souper Bowl Campus Food Drive
  • Food Lion Partner Store Food Drive
  • National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
  • Finale

In addition to hosting events and food drives, campuses receive points for participating in a social media campaign where they post about their activities using the #FoodLionFeeds hashtag. 

Food Lion Feeds and NC Campus Engagement will award a total of $25,000 to the winning campuses. Participating schools are battling for the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or a $5,000 prize for the top school in each sector – community college, four-year public campus and four-year private campus. Since 2019, the Collegiate Hunger Challenge has awarded more than $135,000 to a total of 30 colleges and universities, equivalent to more than 1.3 million meals*. 

The 2023 Challenge concludes on December 22, 2023. The winners, to be unveiled on January 5, 2024, will create a video showcasing their journey through the challenge that will be presented during the prize ceremony at the 2024 PACE Conference at Guilford College on February 14, 2024. 

With only 22 days until the finale, the NC Campus Engagement and Food Lions Feeds teams eagerly await the final tally of donations, events, and impact that the Hunger Ambassadors have made on their campuses. 

The 2023 Collegiate Hunger Challenge participating North Carolina schools and ambassadors are:

Alamance Community College

Ambassadors: Anika Carr & Luke Furmage

Mentors: Kristen Sutherland & Laura Manigrasso

Appalachian State University

Ambassador: Julia Murray

Mentor: Jennifer Maxwell

Central Piedmont Community College

Ambassadors: Shaela Phillips-Baird & Shayla Addison 

Mentor: Whitney Williams

Durham Technical Community College

Ambassador: Jessica Zettlemoyer

Mentor: Jake Deuterman

Elizabeth City State University

Ambassador: Kayla Dixon

Mentor: Tony Coley

Greensboro College

Ambassadors: Xyper Pino & Luke Butner

Mentor: Robert Brewer

Guilford College

Ambassador: Madi Spivey

Mentor: Kylee Crook

High Point University

Ambassadors: Aonesti Byrd & Nyila Johnson

Mentor: Grant Hines

North Carolina Central University

Ambassador: Rakeeme Baldwin

Mentor: Sujayalakshmi Devarayasamudram

North Carolina A&T State University

Ambassador: Tayler Scott

Mentor: Sherelle Wofford

Piedmont Community College

Ambassador: Caleb Pulliam & Kayla Rice

Mentor: Matthew Sherman

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Ambassador: Elizabeth Eddings

Mentors: Shelby Newsome & Kamren Lewis

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Ambassadors: Cassidy McFadden & Eden Newbold

Mentor: Zach Lemons


Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion has helped to provide more than 1 billion meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. For more information on Food Lion Feeds’ commitment to ending hunger, visit


*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local partner food banks.


For more information about the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge, please contact Sam Delap (