Volunteers are Read and Feed's lifeblood

Technically speaking, volunteers are celebrated for one week- National Volunteer Week- according to the Points of Light organization. But Read and Feed is officially recognizing April as volunteer MONTH.

Our volunteers are critical to the success of our program by helping in a number of different capacities: food pickup and dropoff, tutoring, driving huge mobile classrooms, preparing the mobile classrooms to go out, fundraising, administrative tasks, serving on committees. And the list goes on.

Last year, Read and Feed volunteers contributed at least 13,167 hours, which has a monetary value of $250,188! We can't thank you enough for your commitment.

Throughout April, we have been highlighting different volunteers on social media. Here they are, in case you missed them.

Nathan is our amazing Wednesday food pickup and dropoff volunteer. He drives 
to and from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle near NC State, sometimes in terrible traffic, to make sure our kids have a hearty meal. 

Nathan was inspired to start volunteering because he believes "Read and Feed provides confidence and caring for youth who need attention."

Favorite book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

Ron is a long time volunteer driver with the patience of a saint, which is a necessary trait when dealing with a sometimes temperamental RV.

Ron got involved with Read and Feed in 2012 when his Rotary Club decided to sponsor a site, and he's been hooked ever since. He currently drives to our Maynard site each week and helps tutor when needed. 

Over the past 6 years, Ron has seen Read and Feed grow and thrive and is happy to continue to volunteer with us.


Benjie has been volunteering with Read and Feed for two years. For 34 years she worked with the Wake County Public Library System and after retiring she dove in to Read and Feed. Benjie has worn many hats- tutor, fill-in Team Lead, event and office volunteer. We love Benjie's enthusiasm!
Benjie's story: Last spring I worked with a 2nd grader. One week I brought a drawstring bag with letter tiles used to play a syllable game. She liked the game, but she loved the bag. She asked if she could have it, and I explained it was a special bag my aunt sewed for me when I was a little girl, and I was reluctant to let it go. I said I could make her a bag, but she told me she liked mine. So we came to an agreement. I would sew a new bag, and she could choose my old bag or the new bag. Each week she asked about the bag, until I finally made one. That week, I gave the new and old bag and asked her to choose. I walked across the room, and when I turned around, she was holding the new bag high up in the air with a big smile on her face. Another child saw the bag and asked for one. So as a surprise, I ended up sewing bags for all 24 kids to give out at our last meeting.

Maggie has been a tutor for Read and Feed for 9 years! This past year she introduced her granddaughter Blake to the program, and the two of them volunteer together.
Maggie mostly tutors the kindergarten and first graders because she taught them in school. 
What Maggie loves about Read and Feed is that the kids get a wonderful meal that they get to share with one another AND that they get to choose books every time they attend.
Maggie says, "It's the most amazing thing in the world when a child learns to read." Click here to see her video interview.

Summer Schedule
Read and Feed will offer summer programs at a few different locations. All summer sites are mobile and run from June 11 to August 16. 

Mondays at 5 and 6:15- Grace Bible Church in Cary
Thursdays at 5 and 6:15- Maple Ridge Apartments in Holly Springs
Thursdays at 5 and 6:15- First United Methodist Church in Cary

We also have a tentative site in North Raleigh.

If you are interested in tutoring this summer, please email
Upcoming Events
We are looking forward to our Feed the Reader Breakfast next Wednesday from 8-9 am. Check in begins at 7:30.
Seats are limited. If you want to come, please buy a ticket today! 
We look forward to seeing you at the
North Raleigh Hilton: 3415 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

The breakfast is an opportunity for people to learn about the impact that Read and Feed is making in the community. Tickets are $25.

Please contact if you have any
questions or concerns.

Free screening of RESILIENCE
Monday, May 21st at 5:30 pm
Grace Bible Fellowship
9043 Chapel Hill Rd., Cary

Resilience is a documentary that explores the science of toxic stress and its relationship to Adverse Childhood Experiences. The film explains the movement among pediatricians, social welfare professionals, educators and communities to use the research to break cycles of violence, addiction and disease that began in childhood.

Durham Bulls Night!
Sunday, June 3 at 5:10 pm
409 Blackwell St, Durham

Come out for a fun night with Read and Feed. 
Tickets are only $10, and we get $5 for every ticket purchased.
Buy Tickets
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
LaRinda Huntley-Kaplan
Leslie Ann Jackson
George Jordan
Pamela Meek
Cecile Noel
Suzanne Stroud

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