about The CPC

The Campus Pantry Collaborative (CPC) started as a partnership between Duke University and the University of North Caroline Chapel Hill with support from the Kenan Biddle Partnership. Students at both institutions noticed that food insecurity is a recurring and pervasive issue among students at Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC). The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) at Duke has studied student experiences, and determined the root of this problem on its campus to be financial insecurity caused by varying levels of tuition, financial aid, and provided benefits across the nine graduate and professional schools.

Meet Our Team

Our team is made up of a group of volunteers dedicated to improving food security.

Nicole Stantial | Duke

PhD Candidate in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, 2021

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Hannah McMillan | Duke

PhD Candidate in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, 2021

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Kaitlyn Daly, BSN,

RN | Duke

PhD Graduate Student in Nursing, 2023

Ameen Ahmad | NCSU

AmeriCorp VISTA for Feed the Pack

Katie Waeldner | Duke

Undergraduate in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health, 2021

Dasia Toone | UNC-CH

Undergraduate in Psychology, 2021

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According to a 2015 Report by Craig Gunderston and James Ziliak entitled “Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes,” food insecurity is associated with poor health outcomes, including diabetes, depression, and poor maternal and child health. Both authors emphasize that these maladies could afflict women and children disproportionately, as children born to food insecure mothers are over two times more likely to have behavioral problems compared to those born to food secure mothers. Moreover, food insecure women are more likely to be plagued by depression. Katie Waeldner, a student researcher at Duke’s World Food Policy Center, has noted that these statistics are of particular relevance on college campuses considering “...many undergraduate and graduate women will become mothers in the relative future. Therefore, the food insecurity that they experience while studying at Duke University and UNC will impact their future children.” She further notes that food insecure women on college campuses who experience depression are “less likely to get involved on campus or take advantage of extracurricular opportunities due to their poor mental health.”

In an effort to ameliorate food insecurity among students, both Duke and UNC launched respective student food pantries. UNC established the Carolina Cupboard in October 2014 for undergraduate students, and has since expanded to a space double the original size. Last year, Carolina Cupboard served over 1600 items to students in need . At Duke, GPSC launched the GPSC Community Pantry in September of 2017 to provide a secure and sustainable source of nonperishable foods, childcare items, and gently-worn professional clothing to graduate and professional students in need. Since its opening in September of last year, the GPSC Community Pantry has more than tripled its operating budget as the demand for food and supplies increased nearly fifteen-fold. This budget increase has, in part, funded a weekly bag program that supplies weekly bags of food and childcare supplies to graduate and professional students who sign up for the service. Last month, this service provided bags to an average of 30 students per week from 26 different graduate and professional programs across Duke’s campus, with numbers increasing weekly. With growing demand in both institutions, we see a need to expand both efforts collaboratively, and reach out to student populations that currently cannot take advantage of these resources at our respective institutions.

References:

Gundersen, Craig, and James Ziliak. "Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes." Health Affairs, The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc., Nov. 2015. www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0645.

Maia Matheny | Duke

Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy, 2022

Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN | UNC-CH

PhD Candidate in the Department of Nutrition, 2021

Asha McElroy | NCAT

Undergraduate in Food and Nutrition Science, 2020; Current Mathematics Program Associate at Detroit Public Schools Community District

Lia Artis | NCAT

Undergraduate in Human Nutrition, Pre-Medicine, 2022

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Gabrielle Jackson, MS | NCAT

Program Coordinator for Aggie Source, Adjunct Instructor for Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jes Dormandy | DTCC

Center for College and Community Service Coordinator

Swati Jain | Duke

Masters Student of Engineering Management, 2021

Elizabeth Towell | Duke

MBA Student in Fuqua School of Business, 2021

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CPC Alumni

Rashmi Joglekar, PhD - Duke University

Alex Eaker - UNC Chapel Hill

Holden Cox - UNC Chapel Hill

Travis Dauwalter - Duke University

Jason O'Briant - NCCU

Leah Leak - NCCU

Thu Le - NCSU

Neils Barringer - NCCU

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Dana Petre | NCSU

Program Assistant, Student Leadership and Engagement

Olivier Binette, MS | Duke

PhD Student in the Department of Statistics, 2023

Emma Herald | Duke

Undergraduate in Biology and Psychology (Integrated Health Studies), 2021

Amy Labrador | Duke

Undergraduate in Global Health and Psychology, 2024

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Gabrielle Jackson, MS | NCAT

Program Coordinator for Aggie Source, Adjunct Instructor for Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jes Dormandy | DTCC

Center for College and Community Service Coordinator

Swati Jain | Duke

Masters Student of Engineering Management, 2021

Elizabeth Towell | Duke

MBA Student in Fuqua School of Business, 2021

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