Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q is proud to announce their support of the Community Empowerment Fund and Hope Gardens in Chapel Hill, all thanks to some good-spirited, smack-talking, rivalry week Tweets between the student body presidents of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.
In tailgate country, big time conference match-ups mean big time anticipation, proud wearing of the team colors, and luckily for one team, a game day win. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q made UNC’s October 27th win over N.C. State even sweeter when they made good on the offer made via Twitter to both campuses’ student body presidents to donate a party pack to their charity of choice if their team won.
UNC student body president, Will Leimenstoll, got to choose which non-profit would receive Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q 50 person party pack. “I would love for the party pack to go to Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a student group that gives micro loans and assistance to homeless people and other disadvantaged members of the Chapel Hill community,” says Will Leimenstoll. So on Saturday, November 17, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q gratefully delivered a 50 person party pack to share with all the community volunteers, advocates, and members who showed up at HOPE (Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication) Gardens’ monthly community potluck event.
HOPE Gardens is a student-run hybrid community garden and urban farm which seeks to bridge the gaps between all residents in Chapel Hill. CEF and HOPE Gardens are close partner organizations started from student committees. Regular community potlucks are a CEF social space where members and advocates gather. This month was especially large being a pre-Thanksgiving event.
Ms. Margaret Moore, executive officer of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q and a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, delivered the food. She was accompanied by Morrisville manager and former N.C. State football player David DeBinder. “The Thanksgiving season reminds us of our commitment to be ever mindful of the needs in the communities we call home”, notes Ms. Moore. “We are especially proud of the work that countless volunteers contribute locally and are grateful to be able to support them as they go into their communities to selflessly serve the needs of others.”