- On August 26, 2020
With funding sources shifting as schools return to session, Wake County is working to continue ensuring no one goes hungry in our area – especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension-Wake County Center, along with Wake County Human Services, are awarding more than $1.5 million to support the ongoing food relief efforts of 23 partner agencies in our community.
“We are proud to expand our partnerships to help fill gaps and ensure local families have access to healthy and nutritious food,” said Greg Ford, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “As food access remains uncertain for families due to COVID-19, community support and outreach are critical as we move into the new school year.”
Wake County’s new food security plan takes care to include the diversity of people who call Wake County home – accommodating different cultural food preferences when possible – and to ensure access across the region, especially in areas of high poverty.
The plan also adapts to the challenges of COVID-19 by moving to provide residents with one- or two-weeks’ worth of food at a time – rather than distributing daily meals – which reduces the number of times people risk coming into contact with the virus. Deliveries are available for residents who are homebound or do not have transportation.
Wake County allocated funding for local nonprofits in three areas:
- Developing and Launching Community Food Hubs in Food Insecure Areas, which will establish locations for families and individuals to pick up food and other resources two to four times a month, including in the evening and on weekends;
- Enhancing Food Resources for Target Populations, which will provide affordable and culturally relevant food to supplement the efforts of community partners in areas of high poverty and high population; and
- Increasing Purchasing Power and Storage Capacity for Pantries and Food Banks by anticipating the products that will be more expensive in the fall, and giving funds to local food pantries, banks and other partners to ensure they are able to provide meat, dairy, shelf stable products and fresh produce.
Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and it will cover the period from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31. The organizations awarded grants are:
- Boys & Girls Club of Wake County
- Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
- Fresh Spire
- Greater Pleasant Grove Development Corporation: Carver Center
- Interfaith Food Shuttle
- Juniper Level Missionary Baptist Church
- Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church
- New Bethel Baptist Food Pantry (Rolesville)
- New Bethel Christian Church
- Northern Community Food Security Team
- Overflowing Hands
- Pine Acres Community Center
- Richland Creek Community Church Food Pantry
- St. James United Methodist Church
- The Giving Garden at Wake Forest Presbyterian
- The Raleigh Dream Center
- The Society of St. Andrew
- Tri Area Ministry
- Urban Ministries
- Wake Forest Northeast Community Coalition
- Western Wake Crisis Ministry
- YMCA of the Triangle
- Zebulon United Methodist Church
For more info on programs available to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit covid19.wakegov.com/assistance.
About N.C. Cooperative Extension-Wake County Center
The N.C. Cooperative Extension-Wake County Center represents the outreach capacity of N.C. State Extension and The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University. Cooperative Extension functions as a strategic partnership at the local level between the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the land grant universities and local governments, statewide.
Wake County Extension professionals serve all residents of Wake County with programs and educational opportunities to foster relationships and build better communities in Wake County. Any inquiries should be directed to Communications Specialist Allyson Farmer.