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Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh Partners with Read & Feed to Provide NC Students with Food for the Mind & Body

Most of us can remember a favorite book growing up that our parents would read to us and then, in time, we would read it to them. This sort of learning at home is critical in a child’s education and the absence of this parent-child interaction can result in reading deficiencies. Returning President, Leslie Ann Jackson, has charged the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh with working to close this gap by partnering with Read and Feed during the 2015-2016 year.

Raleigh, NC, June 04, 2015 --( Each year, the President of the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh selects a local organization that will receive the majority of the Club’s time, resources, and fundraising efforts in hopes of making a difference within that organization and the community. The focus organization for the 2014-2015 club year President’s Project was SAFEchild. During the course of this project, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh held a variety of drives to benefit SAFEchild program participants, supported educational and fundraising events, and capped off the year with a gift in the amount of $1,928 – the year of the club’s founding. One special focus for the club was to assist with Mother’s Day celebrations for mothers who have experienced emotional or physical abuse in a dating or marital relationship. For this work, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh received an award from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina.

Jackson, who works at the NC Community Foundation, announced that Read and Feed will be the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh’s President’s Project for the 2015-2016 club year, stating “there is an organization in Wake County that is bridging a significant gap in reading deficiencies in our community by providing low-income families with the most basic of resources: food, books and tutoring assistance. That is why I have chosen Read and Feed as my President’s Project for the upcoming club year.”

The mission of Read and Feed is to give disadvantaged elementary school children an “appetite for reading” by strengthening literacy skills and providing encouragement in a nurturing, neighborhood environment. Using mobile classrooms, Read and Feed goes to low income neighborhoods to provide: meals to eliminate hunger, mentors to help children read, and books to build home libraries, encouraging parent and child to read together.

In addition to Read and Feed, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will continue to serve the community through meaningful programs and projects, supporting a number of local organizations.

About the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh

The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through leadership opportunities and volunteer service. Established in 1928, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the world’s oldest nonpartisan women’s volunteer service organization. Its unique program structure enables members to reach out to a rapidly changing society through five program areas: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, and International/Public Affairs. For more information, visit
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