Children's Literacy in the Nation

Since July is the month when we celebrate America's independence, we decided to take a closer look at children's literacy in our nation, our state, and our county. The results may surprise you.

Read and Feed serves more than 600 elementary students each year. We want these children to be equipped with the confidence and ability to succeed in school and beyond. It is important to help children at an early age because children who are not proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of school or not graduate on time ( 

Read and Feed helps children and provides a path to a brighter future.
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We're stocking up on supplies for the kids in the fall. Please donate below to help us.
We asked and you answered. Here's a list of suggested SUMMER READS by Read and Feed staff, volunteers, and supporters. 
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. I randomly picked it up at the library- Jamie Buning (Operations Manager)
  • The Now Habit by Niel Fiore. A good read for overcoming procrastinating!  Austin Myers
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders is a good book I read recently. City of Thieves by David Benioff is on my list to read this summer. Angie Clark 
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah...great book! Chris Kline
  • I’m currently reading Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. This book analyzes what separates world class performers from everyone else. Very interesting read! Christopher Meredith
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon. This is a British mystery set in 1976 during a hot summer. (We can relate). A very cool and clever book. Benjie Hester

  • Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. This is a heartbreaking and inspiring story about a family dealing with a terrible disease. Candace Seibert
  • A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear. It’s a mystery set in pre-WWII England involving the murder of an author of a controversial children's book. I enjoy historical fiction. Heather Cross
Would you like someone to speak to a group about Read and Feed? We have volunteers who are ready to give you an introduction to Read and Feed including an overview of the program, volunteer opportunities, and ways to help. Contact for more information.
Read and Feed has been chosen as the CBS17 charity for the 3-Degree Guarantee in August! Every night, the CBS 17 Storm Team determines the accuracy of their forecast from the day before. If they get the forecast correct within 3 degrees, they will donate $50 to us, which is matched by Allen Kelly & Co. Be sure to watch CBS at 5 or 6 p.m and follow us on social media to see how we do! 
Board of Directors

Pamela Meek, President
Tina Vrabel, Vice President
Kathryn Raymond, Treasurer
Jan Frantz, Founder & Past President
James Stem, Secretary
Anuja Acharya
Lisa Malmberg
Christopher Meredith
Mike Owens
Liz Prue
Greg Rideout
Doug Short
Calvin Stevens
Sue Stevens
Benjamin A. Swaney
Larry Swaney
Advisory Council
Marty Clayton
Jill Donovan
Jan Frantz
Bobbie Furr
Elizabeth Galecke
Leslie Ann Jackson
George Jordan
Pamela Meek
Cecile Noel
Suzanne Stroud
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