DURHAM, N.C. – The North Carolina Central University Department of Athletics, the Durham Bulls, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) have teamed up for a six-week outreach program to deliver professionally-prepared meals to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties.

Each weekday for six consecutive weeks, which started Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 16, representatives from NCCU Athletics, the Durham Bulls and Blue Cross NC will deliver fresh lunches created and packaged by Blue Cross NC’s cafeteria vendor, Compass.

“We are proud to team up with these partners to make a difference in the Durham community,” said Cheryl Parquet, director of community engagement and marketing activation at Blue Cross NC. “The Boys & Girls Clubs are essential for many Durham families, and it's essential that we support them during this time.”

This collaboration will help the Boys & Girls Clubs save up to three hours daily on meal preparation time and provide the kids with a warm, healthy meal and entertainment from the Bulls and NCCU. Through the duration of the program, 2,166 lunches will be provided to the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs, located at 1010 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Durham.

“We are excited to partner with Blue Cross North Carolina to serve our local youth,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “It is important that our student-athletes and coaches continue to serve our community, especially during this time of need. This initiative is in alignment with our strategic goals of not only helping our student-athletes stay healthy, but those in our region as well.”

About North Carolina Central University:
North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University and regional university in the south, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. Founded in 1910, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. NCCU is a constituent institution of the University North Carolina System. The university’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024, “Charting a New Landscape for Student-Center Success,” has four goals: student access and success; innovation, research and entrepreneurship; collaboration and partnerships; and institutional sustainability. Visit www.nccu.edu.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is committed to making health care better, simpler and more affordable. We have been driving better health in North Carolina since 1933, working to tackle our communities’ greatest health challenges. Blue Cross NC serves its customers and communities of more than 3.8 million members, including approximately 1.1 million on behalf of other Blue Plans. Blue Cross NC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross NC online at www.bluecrossnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.