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Summit Held To Access Hunger in Wake County

RALEIGH, NC – One in seven Wake County residents struggles with hunger. With the county’s population now exceeding one million people, that means more than 142,000 residents may not know where their next meal is coming from.

Leaders from across Wake County came together on June 22nd  to begin developing an action plan to address this problem at the Moving Beyond Hunger: Food Systems for Food Security Summit.

Hosted by the Capital Area Food Network in Raleigh, the summit brought together diverse voices, policy makers and food organizations from around the county to examine new ways to collaborate, share resources and implement strategies to ensure every Wake County resident has access to the food he or she needs.

“We are more effective when we work together, and today’s summit served as a great step to unite the efforts of those who want to end hunger in Wake County,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman James West. “I look forward to building upon the strategies discussed today to improve access to the affordable, nutritious food our residents need to live healthy lives.”

Following the summit, organizers will create a report of the summit findings to share with local officials and summit participants. The findings will inform Wake County leaders as they work with the Capital Area Food Network to develop a comprehensive plan for food security.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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