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Happy 4th!

Independence Day is tomorrow - see our Food for Thought segment for some thoughts on food & freedom. Hope you’ve got some fun plans, even if it’s just staying in town and recharging. Stay cool and hydrated!

What you’ll find in our July newsletter:
Nominate CAFN Board members for our July 25th Board elections, invitation to join our Racial Equity Conversation Circle, Summer Food Program updates and a donation drive, and the usual events, jobs and more.

Send us your nominees for CAFN’s Board!

Any CAFN member can submit a nominee for CAFN's Board of Directors. The Board is then elected from that pool by the Coordinating Circle, and members elected then assign the roles of President, Secretary and Treasurer among themselves.

Click this link to send a pre-filled nomination email you can edit to - deadline is 5 pm on July 17th.

You may nominate more than one person.

The vote will take place at the July 25th Coordinating Circle meeting, so send us your nominees soon!

Racial Equity Conversation Circle

CAFN is starting a conversation group around racial equity and the food system. Its goal will be to build a shared understanding within CAFN, and help us discover how we can bake the principles of racial equity into our identity and our work as a food council. 
If you want to be a part of the CAFN Racial Equity Conversation Circle, please click this link to email Cindy Sink!


Upcoming Circle Meetings

CAFN is made up of Circles devoted to an aspect of food systems change. Join us for a meeting!

Communications: today, 7/3 at 11 am at 706 Mountford Ave, Raleigh

Farm Advocacy: Monday, 7/8 at 3 pm at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

Food Recovery: Monday, 7/8 at 2 pm at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

Food Access & Security: Wednesday, 7/24 at 1 pm at 10 Sunnybrook Rd., Raleigh

Coordinating: Thursday, 7/25 at 10 am at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

Economic Development: (planning meeting before first formal meeting) Monday, 7/29 at 10 am at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC

Missed a meeting? New to CAFN? Read the latest minutes on the Google Drive to get caught up before you go. Let us know if you need Drive access or info on the Circles.

Comprehensive Food Security Plan for Wake County

See our quick overview for all the Plan updates we have so far. Add a comment on the document if you have new information!

Food + Freedom 

On Thursday, July 4th, we’ll celebrate Independence Day. It’s a good reminder to take some time before your barbeque to think about freedom and how it relates to food.

As I made my way to my desk here at the Food Bank this morning, I passed by a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt written up on the wall. I see it every day, but it rings particularly true around this holiday: "The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat."

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness... maybe we should have added "a stomach full of good food" to that list.

Racial inequities. Big Ag threats to food and seed sovereignty. Foodservice workers and farm laborers having to fight for basic rights that contractors and large companies withhold from them for the sake of profit margins. Institutional racism causing staggering land loss for farmers of color. Mid-size and small farmers of all kinds struggling to pay the bills as they are pushed out of the market and into bankruptcy by big corporations. Animal cruelty. Food deserts and swamps, and the question of exactly who it is that gets access to quality, fresh, nutritious food. Unsustainable practices and toxic chemicals encroaching on what should be every person's inalienable right to a healthy body, a clean environment, and a stable climate that will keep us fed in the future.

There’s a lot about our food system that is distinctly lacking in liberty.

Luckily, there are people and organizations working to restore freedom in our food system, and if you’re reading this email, you’re one of them!

Something to think about before you enjoy the food on your plate at your cookouts and celebrations tomorrow: What does food plus freedom equal, to you? What would it look and feel like? Who does it include? Where would it happen? What would it take? What effect would it have on us, on our society, on our planet?

Summer Food Service Program Off to a Great Start...But
Donations are Needed!

The Wake County Summer Food Team has been extremely impressed by the high attendance and engaging programming at meal sites this year!

The Wake County Cooperative Extension VISTA Summer Associates help with activity-focused programming at our sites, generally centered around STEM, art, and health. They plan engaging activities paired with a mini lesson for the kids, and also focus on building relationships with the children that attend.  

However, they’re in need of donations to stock curriculum kits!

Please bring donations to Amanda Salami at 4001 Carya Drive, Raleigh. You can also drop them off at the Food Bank off of Capital Blvd:
  • toilet paper
  • paper towel rolls
  • egg cartons
  • milk jugs
  • tissue boxes
  • shoe boxes
  • cans
  • cereal boxes

The Summer Food Program is open through August 7th to any child 18 and under, no matter their income. Click here to see the list of Open Food Sites in the county! 

For questions, reach out to

Wake County Farmers Markets Accepting SNAP!

EBT cardholders can get twice the value for their food dollars at participating Wake County farmer's markets! The amount spent will be doubled, or matched, at the farmer's markets listed above. Get more fresh, local food for a great price!
Send us your events! 

If you'd like to share your event, job opening or conference with CAFN, please send Erin Gallagher an email with all the details you see below by mid-month prior to the event.

You can also find cool stuff on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happening This Month

Jobs & Internships
On the Horizon

CAFN wants YOU!

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Click here to get involved, bring your friends and let us know what’s on your mind.

We welcome new voices and volunteers to help us in our work towards an equitable and sustainable food system for all in Wake County.

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