As SERVE Communities Executive Director, Demetrius brings an array of knowledge to eliminate health disparities, increase access to healthy dense nutritious food. He provides resolutions to underserved and rural communities that address health needs to residents in North Carolina and beyond. He connects with government agencies, faith based community and residents to bring non-traditional health outreach into communities that need it most.
Demetrius has 14 years of experience as a community organizer and worked as an operational manager post Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Mississippi. His expertise in food deserts and nontraditional health awareness are invaluable within communities, colleges and faith based organizations.
In 2013, Demetrius officially started S.E.R.V.E Communities second umbrella project, Grocers on Wheels, a mobile fresh produce unit that’s a solution to the prevalent “Food Deserts” throughout several under served communities. By transporting fresh produce into neighborhoods that lack access to healthy food choices, Demetrius is continuing his 80 year family tradition started by his father Zelb Hunter.
Demetrius combines education in industrial labor, green building design and organizational management to operate the sustainable mission of the non-profit since 2006. In 2010 he was a project leader and became a partner with Wake County to raise awareness in the hard to count areas of the census tract, so that more hospitals, schools, and parks recreation facilities could be added to underserved communities. Demetrius served as the first farmer’s market manager at Wake Med Health and Hospital for the 2014 summer and was a finalist for the Childhood Hunger Innovation grant from the United Way.
Demetrius has served on the Fertile Ground Food Coop board since 2014. This member own grocery store has 139 members and growing, and will serve the Southeast Raleigh community as a full scale grocery store.
He currently landed Grocers on Wheels a Robert Wood Foundation grant to allow low income seniors to double their purchase of healthy foods as an incentive to eat healthy.
Demetrius graduated from Cornell University Human Resources/ Industrial Labor and is a North Carolina native.