UNC-Pembroke AmeriCorps VISTA Develops New Tool to Fight Hunger in Southeastern NC


The Office for Community & Civic Engagement (CCE) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke engages students to inspire responsible citizenship through programs, trainings, and structured volunteer opportunities. North Carolina Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents aiming to increase campus-wide participation in community and public service to enhance students’ sense of responsibility, citizenship, and leadership, while reinvigorating higher education’s concern for improving the quality of life in our society. NC Campus Compact places AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) at each of its 36 college and university partners. The federal government enables each VISTA to volunteer full-time in their community to combat poverty and develop sustainable programs in the local community.

Over the past few years, North Carolina Campus Compact’s Statewide Challenge to End Hunger has worked with campuses and communities to alleviate food insecurity. In November 2011, a 36-question survey booklet was disturbed at the first annual regional conference of Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville. The survey was developed by enhancing previous VISTA work concerning food insecurity and reviewing the goals/outcomes sought by both CCE and North Carolina Campus Compact. The end results were analyzed and placed into a searchable interactive map.

This website is the first demonstration of the impact our campuses make when pursuing a common goal. The project was developed and managed by Melvin McDermott III, MPA (2011-2012 AmeriCorps VISTA).



For more information, please contact cce@uncp.edu or call 910-521-6163.


We provide opportunities for college students to recognize their civic potential and take initiative to develop it. Students enrich and enhance their education experience through active, engaged service.

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