Wake County Food Security

Find Food Resources Near You

Since March 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.

Necesita Comida – Latinx and Hispanic Food Resources

A continuación hay recursos e información que pueden ser útiles para los residentes LatinX e hispanos del condado de Wake::

Free Meals for Children in the Summer

Summer Food

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a USDA-funded program to feed children under 18 during the summer months when school is not in session. Meals are free and vary at each site. Sites are located across Wake County and may be hosted by non-profits, the faith community, libraries, parks and others. The program typically begins the day after traditional-calendar schools are released and concludes the Friday before school resumes; however, schedules vary based on the site coordinator and sponsor.

For an updated list of sites near you, please use the NCDPI Food Finder App! Or, text FOODNC to 304-304 and provide your full address, ZIP code or city.

Interested in serving meals? Wake County is always looking for volunteers to serve as site coordinators, sponsors and volunteers. Interested sites should contact an eligible sponsor or contact the Cooperative Extension to connect them with a sponsor no later than May of each year. Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact NC Department of Public Instruction or Cooperative Extension no later than January of each year. We are always happy to talk you through the process or connect you with a local mentor to share insight into the process.

If you are interested in serving, have questions about the program or find errors in the locator app, please contact Sydney Klein at Sydney.Klein@wakegov.com or 919-250-3795.

Listening Session

Wake County Cooperative Extension Food Security Program will be hosting a listening session on the Summer Food Service Program and ways to improve child nutrition and access to summer meals. This listening session is part of the large White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health regional listening sessions project.

Event Details:  Thursday, June 28, 2–3:30 p.m., Virtual via Zoom

Participants are required to register for the event.  A Zoom Link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event.  Please register here.

Questions may be sent to Sydney Klein, Food Security Program Manager at Sydney.klein@wakegov.com or 919-250-3795.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Wake County Food Security benefits from the work of our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. Full Time members serve for one year and may build the capacity of programs that increase food security and social and economic vitality of the county. During the summer, VISTA Summer Associates are available to provide direct service to summer meal sites, senior meal sites and nutrition education programs.

2022 AmeriCorps VISTAs

Robin Smith, Regional Food Security VISTA, robin.smith@wakegov.com

Madison Reese Griffin, College Hunger VISTA, Madison.reese@wakegov.com

Abbey Marceau,  Youth Food Security VISTA, abbey.marceau@wakegov.com

Zoe Holden, SEV Eastern Strategist VISTA, zoe.holden@wakegov.com

Riley Holcraft, VISTA Leader, riley.holcraft@wakegov.com

 


If you are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member, or have questions about our AmeriCorps VISTA program, please contact:

Sydney Klein
Food Security Program Manager

Sydney.klein@wakegov.com

Kate Perry
AmeriCorps Leader

kate.perry@wakegov.com

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
aabobley@ncsu.edu

Hiliana Lovejoy
hiliana_lovejoy@ncsu.edu
 

Capital Area Food Network

Capital Area Food Network Logo

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.

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. 

Regional Food Security Work Groups

The Wake County Food Security Program assists municipalities and regions of Wake County in forming food security teams.  Regional teams strategize around food security needs specific to their unique communities and are an ideal way to build a strong network for food security partners, advocates, and community members in need.

Currently there are the following groups active across the county:

Northern Food Security Team (NCFST)
The NCFST partnership network covers the Wake Forest and Rolesville areas of the county. Meetings are held quarterly.
Northern Regional Food Security Flyer

For more information visit:

Eastern Wake Community Nutrition Advocates (EWCNA)
The EWCNA partnership network covers Knightdale, Zebulon and Wendell areas of the county. Meetings are held bi-monthly.
Eastern Regional Food Security Flyer

Southern Regional Food Security Group
The Southern Regional Food Security group covers Fuquay Varina, Willow Springs and portions of Garner and Holly Springs. The group meets bi-monthly.

Western Region Food Security Action Group (WRFSAG)
The WRFSAG food security group covers Cary, Apex, Morrisville and parts of Holly Springs.

If you would like to join a current regional network, would like to start a regional network that is not currently covered, or have questions, please reach out to Sydney Klein, Food Security Program Manager, Sydney.klein@wakegov.com or 919-250-3795.

How Can I Support Food Security?

Wake County has two food banks that partner with agencies to develop and support food pantries. These include The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Interfaith Food Shuttle. To receive support from one or both of these food banks, pantries must apply for services. Not all pantries may be accepted, especially if there is a large portion of food services already available in a particular region.

Interfaith Food Shuttle
For more information on becoming a partner agency with Interfaith Food Shuttle, please contact Laura Clay, Agency Relations Manager at 919-390-1969. Below is an agency interest form:

Interfaith Food Shuttle interest form

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
For more information on becoming a partner agency visit the Food Bank's website. Interested partners must attend an open house and complete an eligibility questionnaire.

Other Food Security Programs:

Food pantries aren’t the only way to help food insecure residents of Wake County. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities and places to donate food, time and other resources, including:

  • Backpack Buddies
  • WCPSS School Pantries
  • Community Gardens
  • Food Pantries
  • Meals on Wheels
     

For more info on how to be involved, please contact Sydney Klein, Food Security Program Manager, at Sydney.klein@wakegov.com or 919-250-3795.

Below are resources that may be helpful when considering donating to a food pantry or food bank:

Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP, WIC and Senior Nutrition Vouchers

The following markets accept and DOUBLE SNAP, WIC and Senior Nutrition Vouchers:

Farmers Market Flyer

Please note, only select vendors accept SNAP at the State Farmers Market, and they do not offer a double buck program.
The Rolesville Farmers Market also accepts and matches SNAP, WIC and Senior Vouchers:  

Rolesville Farmers Market
Rolesville Town Hall Parking Lot, Southtown Circle, Rolesville
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.