Last Updated on July 6, 2023 12:17 pm
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Mountaineer Food Hub has new resources to address food insecurity within the Boone campus community thanks to a $50,000 donation from Harris Teeter — marking the largest corporate gift in the food hub’s history.
The funds — to be distributed by Harris Teeter over the next 10 years — will help provide food and personal care items for the Mountaineer Food Hub, housed in the Office of Sustainability at East Hall, as well as for the 12 additional food hub locations across campus.
“Our food hub network is a critical resource for Mountaineers who are experiencing food insecurity,” said App State Chief Sustainability Officer Lee Ball Jr. “Through this generous contribution from Harris Teeter, we can ensure continued and elevated support for the members of our campus community who are in need.”
App State’s food hubs are available to university students, staff and faculty and offer nonperishable staples, as well as fresh bread and seasonal fruits and vegetables, when available.
During the 2022–23 academic year, the university’s food hubs distributed more than 16,000 pounds of food to Mountaineers. Studies show that 1 pound of food typically equals one meal for an adult.
Led by App State alum, Harris Teeter partners to impact food insecurity
In April, Harris Teeter President Tammy DeBoer ’91 — who earned a degree in business technology from App State — toured the Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store with Ball and representatives from Harris Teeter and the Office of Sustainability.
“I’m so proud to partner with Appalachian State University, my alma mater, to provide nutritious food to the on-campus food pantry to help enrich the lives of current and future App State students and the Greater Boone community,” said DeBoer.
DeBoer continued, “One of Harris Teeter’s main giving priorities is helping feed hungry people and that includes college students. We want our future leaders to focus on their education and not worry about where their next meal is coming from.”
This gift continues Harris Teeter’s ongoing efforts to reduce food insecurity. The company partners with seven colleges and universities throughout the Southeast to provide funds for their on-campus food pantries, and, on average, it donates more than $20 million in foods and funds to food banks each year across its market areas, according to Harris Teeter.
Opportunities to give
Gifts to the Mountaineer Food Hub can be made online or by contacting Jeff McPherson, director of development for university initiatives, at 828-262-7194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tammy DeBoer ’91, president of Harris Teeter, fourth from right, presents a check for $50,000 to App State Chief Sustainability Officer Lee Ball Jr., fifth from right. The funds are designated for the Mountaineer Food Hub to address food insecurity on the university’s Boone campus. DeBoer and Ball are joined by members of the Office of Sustainability team and representatives from Harris Teeter. Photo by Chase Reynolds