Roderick “Dee” Gladney is a native of Thomasville and is majoring in chemistry.
Gladney is the delegata — or the president — of the Order of the Grail-Valkyries and the founder of Carolina Cupboard: Community Food Pantry. He proposes using the Mr. UNC award to benefit Carolina Cupboard, a food pantry for students.
“I think it’s important for the community because there are food pantries in Chapel Hill and in Durham, however, those are really inconvenient for people who don’t have transportation,” Gladney said.
The easy access food pantry will hopefully make it easy for students who need it most.
“This will be here, in-house, ready for them,” Gladney said. “Those who don’t have the upper socio-economic status fall through the cracks. We have students who send back money home for their family, and they’re going to suffer.”