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.

Our mission

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

Carol Allen
Retired Newspaper Executive

Anuja Acharya
Data Quality Manager, Cisco Systems

Lisa Malmberg
National Implementation Manager, Recall

Mike Owens
Director of Client Development, Greene Resources

Liz Prue
Wake County Elementary School Teacher

James Stem
Retired Railroad Safety Officer

Calvin Stevens
Director of Business Development & Diversity, Balfour Beatty Construction

Benjamin A. Swaney
Financial Advisors, Wells Fargo Advisors

Larry Swaney
Senior VP, Wells Fargo Advisors

Tina Vrabel
Retired, Fidelity Investments

Greg Rideout
Rideout Research Group

Our Staff



Kati Mullan
Executive Director



Heather Cross
Volunteer & Program Director