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Food Systems

Wake County Food System strategies are working to ensure that all residents in Wake County have access to affordable, nutritious food. The Comprehensive Food Security Plan of Wake County helps to provide a framework for systematic policy change as well as grassroots and community efforts to move toward a healthy and well-fed Wake County.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Program

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) works with both youth and adults to teach self-sufficiency in the kitchen. From budgeting and grocery shopping to knife skills and nutrition, EFNEP participants learn how to provide healthy, affordable and delicious meals to their families.

AmeriCorps VISTAs

Wake County Food Security benefits from the work of our AmeriCorps VISTAs. Full-Time VISTAs work in several areas related to Food Security such as school gardens, summer food, Capital Area Food Network, Social and Economic Vitality, and Long-Range Planning. During the summer, VISTA Summer Associates assist with 4-H Programming, Summer Food, and Parks and Recreation with the Summer Food Service Program.

Food Security

Food Security strategies in Wake County are multifaceted and serve to improve healthy food access for all citizens in Wake County. Working with school-based strategies and the Summer Food Service Program along with municipality based workgroups ensure a well-rounded approach to ending food insecurity in Wake County.

Local Food

Programming focused on increasing the use of locally produced food in Wake County is an integral aspect of Food Systems work. Programs such as project 40, Farm to Childcare, Farm it Forward and the Regional Food System Plan to increase awareness and the availability to local food for all of Wake County.

For More Information contact Sydney Klein, Food Security Program Manager, at