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 Sydney.Klein@wakegov.com

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 kate.perry@wakegov.com.

2022 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates Applications Open

Join the Wake County Food Security VISTA Program this summer and help engage Wake County communities in food relief efforts! The N.C. Cooperative Extension Wake County Division and partners are seeking motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to join us for a paid, nine-week service experience working with the Wake County Summer Food Program and COVID-19 Emergency Food Relief. As a volunteer, you will be helping our partners serve meals, assist with nutrition and education camps, and support community food programs across the county. VISTA Summer associates receive several benefits through the AmeriCorps program, including a living allowance, loan forbearance & deferment, GRE fee reduction, and a choice of an education award or cash stipend at the end of their service. Members must be available to serve the full nine weeks from June 13 –August 5, 2022. No leave is available for Summer Associates, with the exception of July 4, 2022. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Opportunity Listings

Juniper Level Missionary Baptist Church - 111665

Join Juniper Level Missionary Baptist Church this summer and help empower our youth through educational activities and help with hunger relief for senior citizens.

Juniper Level is seeking 4 (four) Vista Summer Associates to assist with senior citizen hunger relief in the southern portion of Wake County in North Carolina and perform educational activities with the youth in the underserved portion of southern Wake County.

Activities include:

  • Programming to support the success of the Juniper Level Community Food Garden
  • Programming to prevent learning loss through tutoring and educational activities
  • Programming to help feed the senior citizens in our area through a Friendship Café
  • Programming to facilitate active lifestyles through our summer camp


Kirk of Kildaire Summer Food Associate – 111666

Join Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian this summer and help us feed hungry families in Cary, Apex, and Morrisville!

They are seeking six VISTA Summer Associates to assist with hunger relief efforts in the western portion of Wake County, NC as part of the larger Wake County Food Security VISTA Program housed at the NC Cooperative Extension, Wake County Center.  VISTA Summer Associates will be based out of Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian in Cary, NC and will also travel to other summer food sites.

Activities include:

  • Programming to support the success of community gardens.
  • Programming to prevent summer learning loss.
  • Programming to combat hunger and food insecurity, including USDA Summer Food Service Programs and senior meal programs.

*Applications prioritizing food security related work will be prioritize


City of Raleigh – 111667

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources is seeking two VISTA Summer Associates to work full time as part of the wider Wake County Food Security VISTA Program housed with the Cooperative Extension, Wake County Center.  Members will receive training and mileage reimbursement and will be housed at the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Office.  VISTA Summer Associates will assist with facilitation of physical activity and healthy lifestyles activities at close Raleigh Parks summer meal locations.

Activities include:

  • Programming to prevent summer learning loss.
  • Programming to combat hunger and food insecurity, including USDA Summer Food Service Programs and senior meal programs
  • Programming to facilitate physical actively and healthy lifestyles to camp participants

*Applications prioritizing food security related work will be prioritized


If you have any questions, please contact:

Sydney Klein
Food Security Program Manager

Kate Perry
AmeriCorps Leader

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

Hiliana Lovejoy

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.

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.