78% of the children in our program are more confident in their reading skills.
Read and Feed serves approximately 600 children each year.
Read and Feed provides over 33,000 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.
Currently, Read and Feed has 20 program sites across Wake County, 8 of these sites meet on a mobile classroom. The remaining 12 are 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.
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 low income children are equipped with the confidence and ability to succeed in school and beyond.
I so enjoy coming to Read and Feed each week. I have been working with the same children all year and I have enjoyed seeing their progress. They worked so hard to complete their rainbow words, and I especially love it when they help each other out! Looking forward to continuing and seeing their love of reading grow.
Both Maureen and Matt say that they would recommend volunteering at a Read and Feed site. Maureen says “The training ensures that volunteer time is well-spent and the students are fun to be around. As we complete our first year of tutoring, I feel like I’ve really gotten to know the kids and can encourage them beyond their reading.”
Matt and Maureen Sawchak