The story of Read and Feed
Several years ago, Jan Elmo was volunteering as a tutor at Northwoods Elementary where she realized that every child does not have the opportunity to develop a love of reading.
In October of 2007, after spending months researching what she could do about the problem, Elmo quit her corporate job and purchased an RV to start Read and Feed at Penny Road Elementary in Cary.
The program that began in Cary just a few years ago has expanded to serve more than 650 children each year. With three mobile classrooms and additional sites in Communities in Schools and in area churches, we now serve 26 program sites in Raleigh, Apex, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Rolesville, Knightdale and Zebulon. Our more than 425 active volunteers provide 7,700 hours of tutoring, drive our mobile classrooms, deliver food and supplies, sort and distribute the 33,000+ books we give to children annually, and provide crucial administrative services.
The mission of Read and Feed is to give low-income elementary school children an appetite for reading by strengthening literacy skills and providing encouragement in a nurturing, neighborhood environment. Using mobile classrooms, we provide meals to eliminate hunger, mentors to help children read, and books to build home libraries.
Board of Directors
Pamela Meek, President
Senior Director, External Communication, SAS
Kathryn Raymond, Treasurer
Tax Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Jan Frantz, Founder & Past President
Retired Global Vice President of Reichhold Emulsions, Durham, NC
Retired Newspaper Executive
Data Quality Manager, Cisco Systems
National Implementation Manager, Recall
Director of Client Development, Greene Resources
Wake County Elementary School Teacher
Retired Railroad Safety Officer
Director of Business Development & Diversity, Balfour Beatty Construction
Benjamin A. Swaney
Financial Advisors, Wells Fargo Advisors
Senior VP, Wells Fargo Advisors
Retired, Fidelity Investments
Rideout Research Group