Millions of Meals

Service NC State was established by the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service and its partners as a way to impress upon new students the importance NC State places on outreach and engagement and help them serve the community starting their first week on campus. The annual day of service has been one of the capstone events of Wolfpack Welcome Week since 2003. In the first three years, CSLEPS partnered with between 12-16 community agencies each year and placed 762 volunteers in the local Raleigh community. Interest from students quickly outpaced our capacity to transport them, so we entered into a partnership with Stop Hunger Now in 2006. Collectively, we set a one-day goal of packaging 150,000 meals for school lunch feeding programs in Kibera, Kenya and exceeded our goal by packaging 153,632 meals. As our partnership continued to develop, so did our commitment to setting big, bold goals. In 2008, we  envisioned the University Million Meal event and took our model to neighboring universities in what became an extremely successful state-wide commitment to ending hunger.  A total of 1,010,374 meals were packaged in 8 hours at three locations with students from 8 institutions participating. Since 2006, we have packaged over 2.3 million meals on NC State’s campus, but our partnership has grown well beyond meal packaging events to include the creation of the President Clinton Hunger Leadership award and the co­ creation of NC Campuses Against Hunger, a state-wide hunger dialogue, to name just a few.

In 2010, as our demand from volunteers increased, now including faculty, staff,and the greater Raleigh community, we expanded the vision to include a mega-blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. Each year we set a collective goal with the ARC and now in our 5th year, we have collected a total of 4,894 units of blood (with the potential to positively impact 14,682 lives. Since inception, the Service NC State initiative has been focused on mutually beneficial partnerships, respect for each other’s missions, and a focus on constant improvement.