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Food for Thought.

A Catawba College Blog.

Posted by Johnathon Boles '16, Associate Director of the Lilly Center

April 29, 2019

Category: Staff Blogs

johnathanboles.jpgSome people eat steak for dinner, others eat ramen noodles, and sadly some do not eat at all. Hunger is not a feeling one enjoys having, but imagine if you had to live that way because you had no other option.


Everyone has a basic need for nourishment no matter where you land socio-economically, spiritually, or any other way you might define yourself; The need for food is essential for living and growing. Hunger is one of the great equalizers of humanity.

In the 2018 state of the county report the Rowan County Health Department quoted from their source “16% of the population have food insecurity and lack adequate access to food.” Catawba has always been, is, and will always be passionate about serving local needs such as this one which runs so deep within humankind.

Simply put, Catawba cares. The Catawba community has frequently served this communal need through our department of civic engagement which we call Volunteer Catawba (VC). Working with Food for Thought and the Family Food Packing program, Catawba has helped feed many people in the surrounding community. Both of these programs provide local people with much needed food and are based out of the lower level in the main Rowan Helping Ministries’ building located on Long street.

On April 23rd, a group of ten Catawba College volunteers made up of students, faculty, and staff packed food for 30 Rowan County families! As they say, actions speak louder than words. Here at Catawba, we lead by example, making the difference we desire to see in the community. Through the lens of service, we transform possibilities, inspire servant-leadership, and promote a community where individuals feel they can truly belong. Now there is some food for your thoughts.


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