CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (April 3, 2018) - Schools participating in the North Carolina Basketball State Championships at the Dean E. Smith Center and Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday, March 10 donated 1,034 pounds of canned goods – the equivalent of 690 meals – for local hungry families.
The “UHC Sidelines Hunger” food drives are part of a partnership between the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and UnitedHealthcare during the 2017-2018 school year. Fans of schools participating in championship competitions throughout the year were encouraged to bring nonperishable canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
The schools compete to see which community donates the most food, with the winners receiving $500 grants from UnitedHealthcare. Winners at the recent basketball state championships include North Wilkes High School, which collected 3.5 bins of food at the Dean E. Smith Center, and Pamlico County High School, which donated 1.5 bins of food at the Reynolds Coliseum.
“NCHSAA is honored to partner with UnitedHealthcare on such a worthy cause,” said Que Tucker, NCHSAA Commissioner. “Our programs encourage philanthropy and empathy, and we are overwhelmed by the commitment of our schools and their fans in helping their neighbors.”
“In North Carolina, 25 percent of children under age 18 are hungry,” said Scott Garland, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina. “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with NCHSAA to address a very real need in our communities.”
UHC Sidelines Hunger food drives have netted a total of 6,577 pounds of food, or 4,578 meals, for families in North Carolina this year.