Wake County Food Security Program

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Moving Beyond Hunger

Food security involves having enough food and knowing where your next meal is coming from. This includes access to nutritious and culturally relevant food, ensuring that no family lives in hunger or fear of insufficient food. In Wake County, nearly 10% of our community faces food insecurity. The Wake County Food Security Program, dedicated to addressing this issue, has secured $7.2 million in 2023 to combat hunger.

Emphasizing that food security extends beyond emergency food supply, we aim to cultivate a resilient food system for the well-being of our community. Join us in ensuring that everyone has reliable access to the nourishment they need for a healthy and fulfilling life.

Read the 2023 Wake County Food Security Plan


Pantry Innovation Funding

Based on community feedback, Wake County Cooperative Extension is investing in Food Pantries to help ensure that pantry services are meeting client needs. We are excited to announce that we have Food Security Plan funding to distribute in 2024 to applicants who meet selection criteria.

Existing food pantries that have an idea for how to improve their pantry services but need funding to support the changes are encouraged to apply! Applications are open until June 14.

Learn More & Apply

Pantry Innovation Info Session Resources

On May 23, 2024, an info session was held to answer questions about the funding process. Download the presentation or access a recording of the session via the buttons below.

Pantry Innovation Presentation

Watch the Info Session


Food Security Program Manager

Sydney Mierop

Local Foods Coordinator

Trevor Hyde