Our Impact

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78% of the children in our program are more confident in their reading skills.

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Read and Feed serves approximately 600 children each year.

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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.

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

Our vision is a community in which low income children are equipped with the confidence and ability to succeed in school and beyond.

Testimonials

WCPSS teacher, Naomi De Guzman, says Read and Feed helps her students

I have definitely seen a huge jump academically in reading with the two students that I work with. I was very fortunate to be paired with two of my own third grade students in my classroom. Knowing their strengths and weaknesses in reading, I was able to specifically target the comprehension and fluency skills that my two students needed. By the end of the year, one of my students was able to be exempted from the Read to Achieve program since he passed a level Q (grade level benchmark) for his reading level. My other student, passed his end of the year fluency goal of reading 100 WPM. I have enjoyed working with my students, and I can see an increase in their confidence and love for reading!

Apoorva is a girl scout and Read and Feed supporter.


"Reading is so important, which is why Read and Feed is such an amazing organization."

Ryan talks about the kids we serve


Ryan volunteers at our Fuquay United Methodist Church program site. "They get to read all sorts of books. They get to take books home with them, too.""