MATTHEWS, N.C., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Harris Teeter announced today a partnership to combat food insecurity with UNC Charlotte. The partnership will allow the food pantry to stock and replenish shelves with much-needed items to support students in need.
The Jamil Niner Student Pantry provides assistance to UNC Charlotte students who struggle with food insecurity so that every student has access to nutritious food. The Pantry has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic and is serving more students than ever before. Client numbers have doubled since March 2020, and the Pantry is receiving more food requests from nontraditional students with families, who are using the campus resource for the first time.
"At Harris Teeter, we're proud to feed our communities," said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. "We know that people come together around food, and that food is essential to living a healthy life – we also know that many people in our communities struggle with food insecurity. That's why our partnership with Jamil Niner Student Pantry is so important. We want to ensure students at UNC Charlotte have access to fresh, nutritious and culturally appropriate food, so they can concentrate on their education and well-being."
During the 2020 fall semester, more than 1,440 student orders were fulfilled through the Jamil Niner Student Pantry.
"This partnership will have a tremendous impact on our students' lives," said Mindy Sides-Walsh, director of leadership and community engagement at UNC Charlotte. "With one in three college students experiencing food insecurity, this is a significant issue on U.S. college campuses, and Harris Teeter's investment is vital to our operation as our pantry relies exclusively on the support of campus and community partners."
Harris Teeter is committed to raising awareness and funds to eliminate hunger throughout the communities it serves.
For more information about Harris Teeter's community efforts, please visit harristeeter.com/community.
About the Jamil Niner Student Pantry
In operation since 2014, the mission of the Jamil Niner Student Pantry is to ensure food security, human dignity and well-being on campus by providing in-need UNC Charlotte students with healthy, culturally appropriate emergency food. The pantry desires to do its part in ensuring that no person in the Niner Nation community goes hungry and that every student has access to nutritious food.
Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). The regional grocery chain employs approximately 35,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.
Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter, 704-844-3904, [email protected]
SOURCE Harris Teeter