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February 05
​Wake County Adopts Plan to Improve Residents’ Access to Food

More than 131,000 Wake County residents are food insecure. This means that 1 in 7 residents do not have the food they need to live healthy lives.

“Wake County is growing quickly, at a rate of 67 people per day,” said Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria. “We know that any problems we do not address will only expand as our population grows. Now is the time to take action on food security to ensure all residents have access to safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate and affordable food.”

On Feb. 5, the Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted Moving Beyond Hunger, a Comprehensive Food Security Plan. Developed by Wake County, the Capital Area Food Network, Cooperative Extension and Community Food Lab, the plan includes recommendations on policies, partnerships and activities that will improve the local food system.

“Over the past few years, Wake County has made great strides to help end childhood hunger, with programs such as universal school breakfast, school food pantries, Backpack Buddies and the Summer Food Service Program,” said Jessica Holmes, chair of the board. “I am excited that we now have a comprehensive plan to build a sustainable food future for all Wake County residents.”

With five strategies, five indicators of progress and 41 recommended actions to undertake over three years, the plan will link existing efforts, leverage new leadership and provide everyone in Wake County with a roadmap to participate.

To jump-start the plan’s recommended actions, the board established three food security priorities for Wake County:

  • NextGen Farming Initiative at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Walnut Hill Preserve;
  • Development of a food hub at Passage Home’s new Community Training and Development Center on Hoke Street; and
  • Exploration of an Agriculture Education Hub at Walnut Hill Preserve.

These efforts will develop opportunities to support the next generation of farmers, provide education on agriculture and fuel job development.

“We believe that everyone in Wake County has a role to play in improving food security. We designed this plan to draw on the incredible resources across the county and give everyone a way to get involved,” said Erin White, founder of Community Food Lab.

Municipalities, organizations and residents can get started by accessing the plan’s Action Manual by visiting CAFN’s website.

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