Wake County Food Security

Summer Food Service Program

Summer Food

The Summer Food Service Program is a USDA funded program to feed children under 18 during the summer months when school is not in session. Feeding sites are located across Wake County and are hosted by non-profits, the faith community, libraries, parks, and others. The program will begin the day after traditional calendar schools are released and will conclude the Friday before school resumes. 

Wake County is looking for volunteers to serve as site coordinators, sponsors, and members of our planning team. Teams include Marketing, Recruitment, Data, and Activities. 

If you are interested in serving on a team, please contact Sydney Klein at [email protected]

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Wake County Food Security benefits from the work of our AmeriCorps VISTAs. Full-Time VISTAs work in several areas related to Food Security such as school gardens, summer food, Capital Area Food Network, Social and Economic Vitality, and Long-Range Planning. During the summer, VISTA Summer Associates assist with 4-H Programming, Summer Food, and Parks and Recreation with the Summer Food Service Program.

2021 AmeriCorps VISTAs

Ruth Elengi 
Summer Food Service Program Coordinator VISTA
Lisa Pham
Wake County Youth Food Security VISTA
Kelly Sewell
Wake County Food Security/SEV Data & Mapping Analyst VISTA
Ani Kerjilian 
Eastern Wake County Social & Economic Vitality Strategist VISTA
Carlos Soto-Diaz
Capital Area Food Network VISTA
Kate Perry
Wake County VISTA Leader

For questions regarding the VISTA Program, please contact Kate Perry at [email protected].

Check Back for New AmeriCorps VISTA Position Listings!


Expanded Food and Nutrition Program

Since 1969, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has successfully addressed critical societal concerns by employing paraprofessional staff and influencing nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, particularly those with young children. Through a community-based, relationship-driven, hands-on educational approach, EFNEP has directly impacted economic, obesity, and food insecurity challenges that hinder the nutritional health and well-being of this nation.

EFNEP Educators work with families, youth, and community organizations across Wake County to teach nutrition education, budgeting, cooking, and kitchen safety skills! 

Wake County EFNEP Educators: 

Amanda Bobley
[email protected]

Hiliana Lovejoy
[email protected]

Capital Area Food Network

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NC Cooperative Extension- Wake County Center is very proud of our involvement and participation with the Capital Area Food Network. CAFN is an integral part of the execution of the Wake County Comprehensive Food Security Plan.

Capital Area Food Network is a community-led non-profit of Wake County citizens and organizations working together to support, sustain, and improve our local food system. We always welcome new voices and members interested in helping reach our mission: To cultivate healthy individuals, communities, and economies through vibrant food and farm systems.

COVID-19 Food Resources

Since March of 2020, the Wake County Food Security Team in partnership with Wake County Public Schools, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC & over 50 community partners have provided over 7 million meals to the Wake County community. Efforts to continue to provide resources are ongoing, please click the button below to find the resources near you. 

Check out a recap of the innovative and impactful work that has been done around food during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. 

Wake County Comprehensive Food Security Plan

In 2015, the Wake County Board of Commissioners, with guidance from the Wake County Food Security Working Group, funded the creation of a food security plan to outline recommendations on policy, partnerships, and activities to establish a pathway to comprehensive food security in Wake County. Since its adoption in 2017, the Plan has been integrated into the Capital Area Food Network's Food Access Circle as well as local municipalities.