Read & Feed Awarded $40,000 by Women’s Giving Network


Cary, N.C. –  Nonprofit child literacy organization Read and Feed was chosen to receive a $40,000 grant from the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase a new mobile classroom and to allow the program to include  144 more children next year.

“We had many worthy applicants to consider for our competitive grant program,” said Pam Dowdy, Wake Women’s Giving Network president. “Read and Feed stood out as an organzition that is removing barriers by tackling child literacy issues in the Wake County neighborhoods where the needs are the greatest.”

Since its 2007 creation, Read and Feed has served more than 1,800 Wake County economically disadvantaged elementary school children and currently has 17 program sites in session. The organization’s Feed the Reader Road Show is the only program in Wake County that brings the classroom to the neighborhoods to serve nutritious meals, tutor children and help families build home libraries

“The Read and Feed mission is to give children an appetite for reading,” said Jan Frantz, Read and Feed founder and president. “Our ultimate goal is that every child be given the opportunity to read and learn. The generosity and support of the Wake Women’s Giving Network is key to helping us achieve this goal.”

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, seeks to strengthen the community and women’s leadership in philanthropy through high impact grants to area nonprofits. Since it was founded in 2006, the organization has donated $781,000 to nonprofit organizations serving women and/or children in Wake County.

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Story from staff reports. Photo by Brooke Meyer.

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