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.
During the 2017-18 school year, Read and Feed had 20 program sites across Wake County, 8 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.
Praise for Read and Feed
Joanna Johnson is a literacy intervention teacher at Willow Springs Elementary, and she also volunteered as a tutor at the Read and Feed site there. When asked about her experience volunteering with Read and Feed, she says: I absolutely LOVE it!! It warms my heart each time I see and work with students each week! I’m the literacy intervention teacher at my school so many of the students that attend Read and Feed are kiddos that I serve. When they come to class each day they ask, “Is Read and Feed tonight?” On the day of, they ask, “I wonder what we’re having for dinner tonight?” or “I can’t wait to see the prizes! I won’t forget my bag!” It feels my heart to see and feel their excitement! Since our program consists of teachers, it is fun for all of us to get a chance to spend time with students outside of school hours. They love the one on one time and we love having the opportunity to give it to them!! Building relationships with parents has also been rewarding! Our program consists of all Hispanic families and so even though there is a language barrier, we are getting to know one another, which is wonderful. These are families who can’t always attend school events, so to spend time with them weekly has been wonderful! I so appreciate the Read and Feed program! Thank you allowing our school to participate!!
Parent talks about her children’s experience in Read and Feed
WCPSS teacher, Naomi De Guzman, says Read and Feed helps her students