BC head FEB2016Betsy Crites, MPH, Co-coordinator
Ms. Crites is retired from health education and research and as director of non-profit organizations focused on peace and nonviolence. She enjoys volunteer community organizing, especially on food justice, and time with her family. She and her husband Joe Moran have two children and three grandchildren.

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Phone:  (919) 381-5969


Jacquelyn Blackwell, Co-coordinator

Mrs. Blackwell is the Executive Director of Feed My Sheep of Durham, a food pantry that offers Hope, Healing and Hospitality by providing groceries and a hot meal to those who suffer from food insecurity. She also provided summer meals to children and a hot lunch to seniors and the disabled. She has a long history of community involvement and lives in the Northeast Central Community of Old East Durham where she served many of her neighbors. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University.

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Phone: (984) 364-9662



LafayetteLafayette Perry
Mr. Perry is a chef at Ruby Tuesday with several certifications in food safety and preparation. He is committed to community betterment, to ending homelessness and hunger, and also serves on the board of REAL Durham.

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Kia Campbell, Secretary
Ms. Campbell is a registered dietitian nutritionist.  She is a proud member of W. Deen Mohammed Islamic Center of Durham. She is passionate about the fight against hunger.  She enjoys volunteer work, writing, crafting, gardening and spending time with her family.

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Aja Purnell

Aja Purnell-Mitchell, Liaison with the Coalition for Durham Food Pantries

Ms. Purnell-Mitchell is the coordinator for the Parkwood Elementary Mobile Food Pantry and Backpack program and the Co-coordinator of the Coalition of Durham Food Pantries.


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Patrick Spencer, Food Bank Liaison

Mr. Spencer is the Outreach Coordinator for the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. He work covers 6 counties. He has vast knowledge of the system of food pantries and the requirements and best practices for their service. He is keenly concerned about the overall context of hunger and the ultimate up-lift of disadvantaged communities.


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Rena Pinnix

Mrs. Pinnix is tireless worker for community unity and engagement especially around food security. She is a key organizer for the food pantry and garden at Church of Philadelphia and is on the front lines working to alleviate hunger and poverty.

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Jenn Weekes

Ms. Weekes has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Boise State University and a Health Coach Certification.  She managed a health food store for a number of years in Idaho and was the director nonprofit programs in Boston.  She is founding a non-profit called All Good Things Durham, a money management program for low-income, disabled, and elderly community members of the Greater Durham area.  She currently volunteers for Mental Health America and previously for Meals on Wheels Durham.

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Nia Galas

Ms. Galas is the coordinator for the Double Bucks and community outreach program of the Durham Farmers’ market.  She is a community food activist working to bring fresh healthy food within the reach of low-income families. She loves to grow food in her backyard, cook big meals, and ride her bicycle.

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Marissa Krey

Ms. Krey is a Lutheran minister and recent transplant to Durham with experience in food pantry work and food security in Philadelphia. She brings a strong understanding of the importance of policy advocacy and community engagement.

Sheri Starks

Ms. Starks’ work focuses on establishing school food pantries. She is also the co-coordinator of the Coalition of Durham Food Pantries.