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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, February 25, 2016, Page A2, Image 2

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Photo by Tfcvia Stinson Hazel Mack speaks during her retirement celebration program held at The Delta Fine Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 19. Earlier this month Mack announced she will be stepping down from her position as the regional managing attorney for Legal Aid of N.C. 1 Executive director of Legal Aid of N.C. George L. Hausen addresses the crowd at the retirement celebration program for Hazel Mack on Friday, Feb. 19 at The Delta Fine Arts Center. Hazel Mack to continue working for underservecf BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE After 35 years of service with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), Hazel Mack announced earlier this month that she will be retiring. LANC is a statewide nonprofit that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. Although she is stepping down from her position as regional managing attorney. Mack said she will continue to serve the underprivileged in the community. "I have a passion for addressing the needs of the underserved in our communi ty," she said. "That is something I will always do; it's a part of me." Well before she decided to begin study ing law, Mack dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of the less fortu nate. At the young age of 17 Mack, got involved in the Civil Rights Movement by joining the Winston-Salem Chapter of the Black Panther Party, which was responsi ble for a number of programs, such as a free breakfast program, free clothing pro gram and a free ambulance program. As years passed, Mack continued to find other ways to empower the communi ty. In fall of J 996 with the help of a group of determined people in Forsyth County, Mack opened Carter G. Woodson School. As a public charter school, Carter G. Woodson adheres to basic curriculum requirements of the state but has several advantages, such as new and innovative approaches to improve on standard educa tion practices. Everyone who knows Mack says that the school is her pride and joy. When asked why she decided to open a school she said, "I'm a firm believer that education ^is a major key to overcoming poverty. "It's a myth that you can work yourself out of poverty, it's not possible," she con tinued. "Education is one of the ways that can leap you out of poverty." During a reception honoring Mack on Friday, Feb. 19 at the Delta Fine Arts Center, many of Mack's colleagues, family members, and former clients thanked her for all that she has done over the years. LANC Executive Director George L. Hausen said not only has Mack made a major impact on the community, she has also inspired others to do so as well. "She has been inspiring to so many people," said Hausen. "For more than 30 years she has been incredible." During a sit-down with The Chronicle, Mack said she will never really fully retire because she has to. feed her passion for helping others. Along with working on a new business, Mack said she will continue to work with the students and faculty and Carter G. Woodson. "I will continue to do what I believe I was put on this earth to do and that is serve the less fortunate and work to improve their quality of life." New WSSU food pantry called 'blessing' BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE Winston-Salem State University opened a food pantry for food insecure students in partnership with Food Lion on Thursday, Feb 18. WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson said that the WSSU Rams Helping Hands Pantry is part of the university's "equity mind Mi" approach of taking stu dents where they are and providing the resources to help them succeed. "I think there's a mis conception about college students," he said. "People think that if you have the resources to be able to go to college, you have all your basic needs met. That's simply not the case. A col lege campus is a micro cosm of our community and so we have a cross sec tion of people with a vari ety of needs when they rrnmp. He said every college and university has students who are food insecure. According to its website, the College and University Food Bank Alliance has 271 active member institu tions across the country with food pantries for food insecure students. Members in North Carolina include UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Food Lion Feeds, the grocery chain's charitable organization, stocked the pantry's shelves full of foods like canned vegeta bles, rice, instant mashed potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, applesauce and pop corn. It's part of Food Wiggins Dukes Lion s longtime sponsorship of the CIAA Tournament, which is hap pening this week. "It's truly a blessing to see how Food Lion has partnered up with our member institutions," CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said at the opening event. uunng reoruary or last year, Food Lion opened pantries at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, which has served 420 students, and Livingston College in Salisbury, which served 100 students. Both are pri vate, historically black institutions that have much smaller student bodies than WSSU. Aside from the college food pantries. Food Lion Feeds holds food drives for 30 food banks in the 10* states the grocery chain operates in. "Right now with Food Lion, that's one of our big initiatives: to feed the hun gry," said Food Lion's Rondale Ratcliffe. While Food Lion initially stocked the pantry, and WSSU will have an opportu nity to apply for it to be restocked in a year, students are looking for partnerships with other stores and eater ies to ke*?n it ooino fill -? ?r ?? o o ? year. The pantry is a stu dent-led initiative with 25 volunteers that have already signed up to man its day-to-day operations. Students who need the pantry's services will fill out an online form. Those who qualify based on income will make an appointment to come and pick what items they want. "They'll be able to come in and receive five items at least twice a month," said Da'Cor Wiggins, a recent WSSU graduate who is involved with the pantry. He said student volun teers will keep track of what's taken from the pantry and what needs to be restocked. Students who need the services more than twice a month will need to 1 volunteer at the pantry for at least one hour to be able to use it again that month. Asia Dukes, a junior, is on the marketing commit tee for the pantry. She said she discovered that food insecurity is a big issue on wssunmo CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams, Miss WSSU Dontia Yavonne Barrett, WSSU Chancellor Dr. Elwood Robinson and Food Lion's Rondale Ratcliffe at the ribbon cutting for the food pantry last week. campus as part of her internship as a food ambas sador with the 10 Percent Campaign, which tries to get colleges and universi ties to use local foods. "We have a lot of stu dents that, even though they have meal plans or even though they live off campus, any little refund check they have, they send back home or they literally live refund to refund, so buying groceries can't be a priority for them," she said. Though residential stu dents are required to have a campus meal plan, some times students can't make it to the cafeteria during its operating hours or don't have enough meals on the plan to make it through the entire semester. Commuting and non-tradi tional students who face food insecurity will also be able to use the pantry. The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Co. Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Periodicals postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C. Annual subscription price is $30.72. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle, P.O. Box 1636 Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1636 ^^T?TnnViT7aiTYfTivTv?tfviiHH7] [ ? J iiiifliiftyiiiiiiiii IIITfiii'fl ? lUlB I SV?1111 #illiI ? Ml 13 1 ? j AvJ '?ll A] ||1 (I || ilk 111 lj| lil K. A 1 I 1 W"^m ?MKw# ? ? ? ? ? H M ?? ?? ? The WSSU Department of Athletics is now accepting applications. Nomination must be submitted by Friday, April 1,2016. t 4 V J

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