Feed Durham - A Community Love Project

Are you interested in growing food for neighbors in need? Hosting a plant stand? Diverting household goods from landfill by working with your neighbors to clean, repair and donate them? Teaching vital skills like sewing, basic home repair, gardening, community organizing, cooking, plant medicine, etc.? Would you like to learn any of these things?

We're taking a 5-month break from cooking to launch our Neighborhood Service Corps Initiative - an effort that spans multiple neighborhoods in Durham and surrounding areas. To date, we've fed tens of thousands. With your help, through the Neighborhood Service Corps, we can support hundreds of thousands of neighbors in growing their own food (thereby reducing household expenses and improving health outcomes), shifting under-utilized resources from neighbors that have to neighbors that need, and so much more.

By coming together, we can protect one another from all of the uncertainties that define our current reality - supply chain disruption, COVID outbreaks, government inaccountability and instability, and so on.

Please donate/amplify/sign up to volunteer. As we enter the winter months, and a flu season in which COVID promises to be as dangerous and unsettling as last year's, the need to support our most vulnerable neighbors will be even greater. To continue our work, we need your support now more than ever.
(Scroll down to "Ways to Help" for links and access points.)

With the money we've raised so far, Feed Durham NC has hosted 11 no-contact cookouts plus our 2020 Thanksgiving Grocery Bag giveaway for 250 households and our 2021 Give-Away of 600 bags. We've fed close to 65,000 people, between the 16,000 meals we have prepared and the 55,000 pounds of produce/chicken we've donated to neighbors in need. We're averaging $2.60/meal, but unlike fast food (aka filler food), these are hardy, tasty, nutrient-dense meals that strengthen our immune systems and keep us feeling full for longer. Every dollar raised goes towards food supplies, equipment, and stipends for out-of-work volunteers. 

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Nourish and Flourish : From Cookouts to Raised Beds, Feed Durham NC Works to End Hunger
Words by Katina Parker | Photos by Katina Parker | Jasmine Celosia

We know that more disruptions to the supply chain are coming. We must band together, we must work through our differences, we must deepen our relationships with one another in order to keep our communities safe and well.
This Winter, Food Durham NC will announce the launch of our Neighborhood Service Corps, which will:
•Grow food for families in need;
• Teach practical skillsets like construction/gardening/cooking to volunteers and families in need;
• Install raised garden beds for families/communities in need;
• Help you redirect household excesses from landfill to folks who actually need what you aren't using and haven't used in months/years and aren't ever going to use but you've had a hard time letting go.
For 2022, Feed Durham NC is disrupting root causes of hunger, and distributing our organizing blueprints so that we can sustain hundreds of thousands of people across the South. In addition to cooking and distributing groceries, we are installing raised garden beds for families and communities in need, developing a masterclass video series that offers food demos and plant medicine education, hosting outdoor photo shoots for unhoused folks that will allow them to walk away with framed or laminated photos of themselves/their families, hosting several no-contact blanket/clothing/household goods drives, and helping our less resourced community partners with special projects that ensure their sustainability.
This Spring, we will release "Lovingly Prepared by," a reality series about our first year of orchestrating. In addition to being masterful community organizers, some of us are bonafide characters - prepare yourselves to experience delight and wonder.
We continue to send farmer surpluses to shelters, elder/disabled communities, missions, and food banks. We're supporting local families in need by buying groceries on their behalf. And we're offering stipends to a few of our volunteers who lost work due to COVID.

Volunteer (In-Person or Virtual). For details message us at feeddurhamnc-at-gmail-dot-com.
Donate. Any size contribution helps and, donating multiple times, as it makes sense for your household, helps.
Repost our GoFundMe, Report Backs, news stories, and photos. Please offer a few words about why you support the work of Feed Durham along with a link to the GoFundMe - especially when posting Report Backs, news, or photos - just in case people don't have time to read the full post.
Amplify. Share our work and our asks with your networks - family, friends, social justice, civic, sorority/fraternity, athletic, hobbyist, religious, professional, and neighborhood groups. 
Network us with surpluses and available resources - fresh produce; humanely raised meats; gift cards; skilled labor (especially cooking, landscaping, and building); funding opportunities; gently used clothes, sleeping bags, and blankets washed in dye-free, perfume-free detergent; and, most of all, GREAT PEOPLE.

Every 6 to 8 weeks Feed Durham NC gathers to cook tasty, nutritious meals for 1,500 neighbors in need.
Founded by Filmmaker Katina Parker , Feed Durham NC is a scrappy mutual aid collective that came together in answer to mounting hunger in the Durham area, due to COVID. Since April 2020, we have cooked more than 16,000 tasty, nutrient-dense meals, and donated 55,000 pounds of farm-fresh chicken and local produce to community-based food programs. We feed elders, people living in cars and on the streets, widows, unsupported LGBTQ+ folks, undocumented families, the homebound and chronically ill, elementary students and their families. This Winter, we’re launching a Neighborhood Service Corps Initiative to grow food for plant stands and community fridges; install raised garden beds for neighbors in need; redirect our household excesses to people who need our unused belongings; and share skillsets like basic home repair, outdoor cooking, gardening, land acknowledgement, community organizing, planetary stewardship, etc.

A Meal With a Side of Hope 
Wake Forest magazine || Story by Carol Hanner (December 2020)

Filmmaker Katina Parker Feeds Multitudes During the Pandemic 
IndyWeek.com || Story by Sarah Edwards (July 2020)

Safety Looks Like Full Bellies in a Pandemic 
Scalawag || Story by Courtney Napier (November 2020)
Words by Katina Parker, Photos by Courtney Symone Staton, Jasmine Celosia, Katina Parker, Rhonda Klevansk + Tom Simon


October Report Back for Feed Durham 
Words by Katina Parker; Photos by Jasmine Celosia + Katina Parker (October 2020)

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Every few weeks, we have the distinct honor of cooking for folks who need a tasty meal and a pick-me-up, connecting surplus produce from local farms with under-resourced food programs, and deepening our relationships with one another as we go.  Most of our volunteers are community organizers, teachers, artists, farmers, protesters, parents, and every day folks. All gender expressions and sexual orientations are welcome and celebrated here. We believe that Black lives matter. We practice land acknowledgement and have deep reverence for the indigenous people who stewarded the land upon which we live for thousands of years before America became America, and who continue to seek redress for broken treaties that diminish their/our quality of life. We are determined to leave the planet better than we found it.

Set against the backdrop of Katina’s rolling tree-lined acreage, Feed Durham has become an idyllic place for LGBTQ-GNC people to bring all of who they are to serving their local community while learning survival and culinary skillsets from one another. This is safe place to meet and talk to folks, COVID-tested or quarantined, whom you might not normally befriend, while washing sweet potatoes or beets, or learning to tend fire, or digging a compost trench. 

We believe that we are only as safe, well, and joyful as our least hungry neighbor.

Feed Durham serves more than just food. We serve hope.

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RECOMMENDED DONOR LEVELS (any donation amount is welcome) 
• $50 - Individual -  6 to 10 meals 
• $80 - Two people - 12 to 20 meals 
• $125 - Two adults + 2 or 3 kids - 30 to 35 meals 

Our menu is finalized the week before we cook, based upon available produce and meat from local farms and grocery stores. Our typical menu includes: 
• smoked drum sticks and thighs 
• smoked hot dogs - chicken or turkey 
• brown beans w/ smoked turkey 
• mashed yams 
• garlic corn 
• savory brown rice 
• grilled seasonal vegetables (eggplant, onions, cabbage, broccoli).

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In 2022, we'll hire full and part-time staff to focus on programmatic interventions that disrupt food insecurity in our neighborhoods - installing raised garden beds for communities and families that don't have immediate access to fresh produce, food ed for those communities, resourcing folks who are feeding neighbors and unhoused people from their homes, etc.  Please stay tuned for what we're cooking up next. Pun intended.
In 2022, Feed Durham NC will release "Lovingly Prepared by," a documentary accompanied by an organizing blueprint, with the hope that other communities will customize what we're doing for their neighborhoods or share information with us about helpful hunger interventions.  We've already begun consulting with other communities on no-contact cookouts and have had peers travel in from Richmond and Chicago to study with us while we cook and make plans to disrupt food insecurity in our neighborhoods.

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We are committed to providing organic and/or natural foods - no hormones, antibiotics, cages or pesticides. Most produce and meat are sourced from local farms. All foods are dairy-free, with the exception of butter, which is added to some vegetable dishes. All foods are prepared gluten-free, with the exception of hot dog buns or other bread donations (which are optional and only come into contact with your food if you put them with your food). All foods are nut-free. Coconut oil and soy may be used as ingredients for some foods. None of the food Feed Durham NC prepares comes from a can.

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While we work, we listen to GREAT music. All food is prepped and cooked outside in an open-air environment on an acre of land. Most of the cooking happens on a 20' x 20’ carport and in surrounding areas. We have tents and tarps to protect against rain and sun, spaced at least 10 feet apart. We have patio heaters to help us stay warm. We wear masks and food prep gloves at all times. There are hand washing stations, which you must use after using the restroom or eating, and before you put on your food prep gloves. There are bottles filled with vinegar water at each of the stations. We disinfect hourly. We lovingly remind one another to change gloves before handling food.  f preparing food or handling food containers, volunteers have to change their gloves every time they touch any part of their bodies or clothes, someone else’s body or any object (cell phones, cars, wallets, etc.)

We work with folks who are extremely vulnerable and need to insure that our offering of food is COVID-free and meets food cleanliness standards. Even if vaccinated, all volunteers are asked to get a (free) COVID test at Walgreens on Guess Road in Durham, CVS, their personal care provider, or any of the drive-throughs in Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh, 24 to 72 hours before they volunteer. To get a Walgreens or CVS test, you must indicate that you live in an area with COVID spread; due to high-demand, please book your appointment at least 5 days ahead of time. After being tested, please quarantine until the end of your final volunteer shift - wear masks in public, limit your time in public spaces like grocery stores or inside homes with family/friends who aren’t quarantining.
Those who cook are required to get a COVID test. For all other volunteers, if you've recently been tested and been quarantining since then or have been in quarantine and worn masks in public, you don't have to get tested. 
Every volunteer will have their temperature taken with a temp gun at the beginning of their shift.  You will also be asked standard COVID screening questions about any potential exposure.

Families and roommates can volunteer together. Children as young as 5 years old can volunteer and must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Feed Durham NC provides cut gloves and other safety devices to prevent injury. We expect all volunteers to take care of themselves by exercising caution, sound judgement, and common sense. Neither Feed Durham NC, Feed Durham Founder and Cooking Host Katina Parker, or any of your fellow volunteers are responsible for injuries sustained while volunteering - bruises, cuts, sprains, etc.

Due to COVID, volunteers can bring home cooked meals and drinks to consume while they work, but cannot offer it to other volunteers.

For cold weather cooking, we recommend wearing waterproof boots, wool socks, and lots of layers with sleeves that can be rolled up.

To volunteer email feeddurhamnc-at-gmail.com
  • Anonymous 
    • 25 $ 
    • 10 d
  • Anonymous 
    • 200 $ 
    • 13 d
  • Carolyn Wiggins 
    • 1,000 $ 
    • 20 d
  • Bobb Head 
    • 100 $ 
    • 20 d
  • Gita Gulati-Partee 
    • 500 $ 
    • 23 d
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Fundraising team (10)

Katina Parker 
Raised 24,061 $ from 139 donations
Durham, NC
Feed Durham 
Benjamin Sellers 
Team member
Raised 1,740 $ from 8 donations
Cy Neff 
Team member
Raised 1,035 $ from 11 donations
Erin Bell 
Team member
Raised 855 $ from 8 donations
Sol Pederson 
Team member
Raised 785 $ from 11 donations
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