Participation in any action group is open. Group representatives sit on the Steering Committee. Please contact the Chair of a committee to learn more.

The Information Station: 

The I.S. is a mobile resource hub staffed by trained volunteers. We offer contact information on community resources and assistance enrolling in benefit programs such as SNAP (food stamps), to people attending food pantries, community health fairs and events.   Contact Jacquelyn Blackwell, beamblackwellj(at) (984) 364-9662

Policy Advocacy: EHD considers this a key element of our work because the vast majority of the food for low income populations comes through federal government programs and in some cases is regulated by the state.

In 2018, we coordinated a sign-on campaign, locally and stateside with the Durham Farm Food Network, to Protect SNAP (food stamps) in the 2018 Farm Bill.

In 2019, we are advocating for passage of the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2019, which will amend some of the regulations that prevent food insecure families and individuals from accessing SNAP.

Finally, we are supporting the NC DHHS as it seeks to implement a demonstration project to streamline and simplify the process for adults 60 and older applying for SNAP benefits.

Contact Betsy Crites, bcrites(at) (919) 381.5969

Seniors:  With the Partnership for Seniors and Durham Congregations in Action, we have organized a Committee on Senior Food and Nutrition with the following sub-committees;

  • Outreach and Access:  We reach out to seniors in low-income housing to engage with them in finding solutions.
  • Ecosystem data and mapping:  Research the ecosystem of food and nutrition for seniors in Durham
  • Policy for seniors:  Engages in policy initiatives that can help seniors in Durham and beyond.

Contact Betsy Crites, bcrites(at) (919) 381.5969

Food Security Networking

EHD organizes community meetings to share information and encourage networking. We have had programs on food waste, senior food insecurity, pantries, summer meals and more. Sign up to receive notices about these and other events at info(at)