93% of parents say their child is a stronger reader
Read and Feed serves approximately 630 children each year.
Read and Feed provides over 39,000 books annually to children in the program.
The Need is Apparent
3rd grade reading proficiency is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success
Last year, more than 58% of Wake County’s low-income 3rd grade children failed to read at grade level.
More than 35% of the elementary school children in Wake County receive free or reduced lunches.
The Solution is Too
Read and Feed partners with local, Wake County schools to identify children at risk and below reading level. Once those children are identified, Read and Feed travels to the children’s neighborhoods to make participating easy.
During the 2018-19 school year, Read and Feed had 23 program sites across Wake County, 9 of these sites met on a mobile classroom. The remaining 12 were facility-based sites, hosted by churches, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Communities in Schools sites in the neighborhoods.
At the beginning of each session, Read and Feed gives each child a nourishing, well-balanced meal. While Read and Feed does partner with local restaurants for some of the meals, the majority come from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a local nonprofit organization that provides us with low-cost meals. Each year, Read and Feed serves over 13,000 meals to our participants.
After the meal, children spend 30-40 minutes working with a tutor on their reading skills. Our tutors make it fun – the children don’t even realize they are learning while playing reading games.
At the end of each session, the children select three books to keep to build their home library.
Read and Feed is a nurturing program. We feed their hunger to learn, build their self-esteem and fill their hearts.
Our vision is a community in which children have the confidence and ability to succeed.
Oralia, Read and Feed Parent
The girls always love getting books and reading them with their tutors. And that helps them. They love the program, especially their tutors and the special attention they receive. The girls love coming to Read and Feed. When they know it's Thursday, they can't wait to get there. They have both improved and are more confident readers. And they have a lot of fun!
Ryan, Reading Tutor
Katie, Reading Tutor
When I first met Jihan she was just starting 3rd grade and she was an excellent reader, but very shy and apprehensive to read out loud. On the first day of Read and Feed she told me that she did not read chapter books because they were too long. Through the wide array of book club books available, I discovered she enjoyed reading nonfiction. I found a short, nonfiction, chapter book that I asked her to read. Once she finished reading the book, I let her know she had just read a chapter book on her own! After that night, I saw a huge boost in her confidence, and she has been willing to tackle every type of book available to read!