About us

Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development, Inc.

NEED, Inc. is a private, non-profit community action agency that was organized by community members in 1964 in response to the needs of the community and the War on Poverty spearheaded by President Lyndon B. Jonson and Congress to eliminate poverty.

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In Johnson’s first State of the Union address on June 8, 1964, he called for an unconditional war to defeat poverty. He expanded and revised the proposals given to Kennedy and developed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. 


  1. Head Start

  2. Job Corps

  3. Work-Study program for university students

  4. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) – a domestic version of the Peace Corps

  5. Neighborhood Youth Corps

  6. Basic education and adult job training

  7. CAPS (Community Action Programs) – CAPS turned out to be the most controversial part of the package, as it proposed the “maximum feasible participation” by poor people themselves to determine what would help them the most. CAPS were a radical departure from how government had run most social reform programs in the past.

Want to get involved?

NEED, Inc. operates and administers a wide variety of anti-poverty programs such as Head Start, USDA Food Service Child and Adult Care Food (CACFP) program, HUD – Section 8 Housing Program, and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.   

NEED serves Nash, Edgecombe & Wilson Counties. Please note that NEED, Inc. is not funded to supply any type of emergency relief services.