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Livingstone Feeds is Jan. 12, open to public

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College will distribute food boxes and Food Lion gift cards on Tuesday, Jan. 12, on its campus to address food insecurity in the Salisbury area. Livingstone Feeds is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or while supplies last, and will be contact free. Drivers simply come on campus through the main gate, make a left on Price Drive, pop open their trunks, and alumni and staff volunteers will load food boxes, which include meat, dairy and produce. Additionally, each car will be offered a hot, boxed meal to go by Simon Temple AME Zion Church’s food truck of Fayetteville, and a $25 Food Lion gift card. Anyone is eligible to receive the donations. Livingstone Feeds is made possible by a partnership that N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced in November between Livingstone College and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, in which Livingstone is administering $5 million in grants to help the state address food insecurity. The state selected Livingstone College to administer The Hurt & Hunger Initiative through the AME Zion Church to support congregations and nonprofits who are providing meals and food distribution to vulnerable communities, with a special emphasis on children, the elderly and the homeless. Dr. Anthony Davis, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Livingstone College, who is managing the program, said more than 600 projects have been funded through the initiative. Food Lion took part in the effort by matching a …

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CIAA cancels basketball, volleyball

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Virtual experience planned for popular tourney week  SALISBURY –– Due to growing concerns related to COVID-19, the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has voted to cancel the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons, which was set to begin January 9, to include the 2021 CIAA Basketball Tournament. In addition, the board also voted to cancel the women’s volleyball season, which had been moved to the spring from the fall. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, Livingstone College Athletics has always kept the safety and well-being of its student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters as the main priority when decisions are made about practice and competition. We have no intentions of being cavalier in our approach to this situation,” said Livingstone College Athletic Direct Lamonte J. Massie-Sampson. “I met with all three of my head coaches and we discussed the next phase of this scenario,” he said. “Getting our student-athletes home safely and ready to return to campus in February is the priority now.  We will see what the science, data and common sense says when they return to determine what our next steps will be.” “Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to challenge the conference’s ability to see a clear path to move forward collectively. The impact to health and wellness, community concerns, as well as the economic ramifications are real,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “I want to commend our Board of Directors for exemplifying courageous leadership in college sports to ensure the well-being of the CIAA as …

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LC partners with NCDHHS

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College has partnered with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to provide food resources through churches and nonprofits to vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. North Carolina communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic will have access to $5 million in grants to help address food insecurity needs, Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. “As we head into winter, it is more important than ever to ensure that people have access to food and this partnership will bring North Carolinians together to support those in need,” Governor Cooper said. “This pandemic, although unprecedented, creates a unique opportunity to form unlikely partnerships to address food insecurity in the state of North Carolina,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College President. Livingstone College will contract with the A.M.E. Zion Church to administer The Hurt & Hunger Initiative, supporting congregations and nonprofits who are providing meals and food distribution to vulnerable communities, with a special emphasis on children, the elderly and the homeless. Based on the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey, 48 percent of NC households reported only somewhat or no confidence they can afford food for the next four weeks. Often, existing statewide infrastructure does not reach the most vulnerable populations. “Our goal is to reach invisible people who have been paralyzed by this pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony J. Davis, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Institutional Advancement for Livingstone College. “This is a great opportunity for a …