Northern Community Food Security Team

In February 2018, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners endorsed Wake County’s Comprehensive Food Security Plan making the Town the first in Wake County to join our area’s local food council, the Capital Area Food Network (CAFN). The plan is designed to move the county towards with strategies to address hunger now and in the future. 

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) was created to develop and launch a viable food security plan for northern Wake County that aligns with the CAFN plan. The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners charged NCFST with enlisting community members, food security organizations, resource experts, and other stakeholders to develop activities, policies, and partnerships that will move the county towards food security and a sustainable food future.

Be sure to check out the latest CAFN Newsletter for updates. 

Upcoming Events 

Rolesville & Surrounding Areas Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Families in need of food for the Thanksgiving holiday are invited to come to Village Church Rolesville at 410 South Town Circle, Rolesville NC, 27571 from 8am - 11am on Saturday, November 23rd. (Event may end early if all donations have been given away) Items will vary depending on Food Banks inventory. For more information, contact Jeff Gonder.

Community Thanksgiving Lunch
Greetings! On behalf of Interim Pastor, Reverend Larry Wilder, and Olive Branch Baptist Church members, we invite you, your congregation, family and friends to join us for our 3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Lunch Wednesday., November 27th, 11am - 2pm, 326 E. Juniper St., Wake Forest, NC  27587.

Northern Community Food Security Team meeting
Please join us  for our next Northern Community Food Security meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th from 12:30pm-2:00pm. This meeting will be held at the Northern Regional Center, located at 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest NC. At this meeting we will be discussing all updates & accomplishments from 2019 and the action plan for 2020. Lunch will be provided, so we kindly ask you to RSVP to Emoke Anderson by Friday, December 6, 2019.  If you would like to add an agenda item, please include that in your RSVP. 

Survey for a "Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant" 
Thank you for taking this brief Wake Forest food insecurity project survey. The results you provide will assist in determining if a pay-what-you-can restaurant, providing healthy food options, is needed in downtown Wake Forest.  For more information, contact Kevin Meese at (919) 522-2914.

NC Pre-K
Do you live in Wake County and have a child who will be 4 years old by Aug. 31? Apply with Wake County Smart Start for this FREE program!

First Fruits Farms - Servant Center and Community Garden
Sign up to volunteer to serve your community by helping us - Regular volunteer hours on Tue., Thu. and Sat. from 9 am - 11 am
1950 E. River Road, Louisburg, NC  27549

Volunteer Opportunities

The Northern Community Food Security Team partners with local organizations to offer several volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities and initiatives.


Wake Forest Area Hunger Ministry

The Wake Forest Area Hunger Ministry is a coalition of churches, civic organizations and service groups building a community-wide Hunger Ministry for North East Wake County and Youngsville. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities and initiatives. For more information, email George Shaw  or call 919-761-5295.

Food Insecurity 

Food insecurity is a major issue across our county, state, country as well as internationally. We want to broaden participation in the area Hunger Ministry. If you are part of an organization that wants to find out more or join the coalition, contact Andrew Brown, Jr.

Local Food Programs 

Volunteer to sort and distribute food at Tri-Area Ministry (TAM), Hope House, Back Pack Buddies, St. Catherine's of Siena, Richland Creek and other area organizations. Have extra produce you're your garden? Donate it to local pantries! For more information, contact Andrew Brown, Jr.


Harvest and bag sweet potatoes, corn and other crops on farms that donate produce for charity near Wake Forest during October for Yam Jam as well as all year around. The Society of St. Andrew coordinates these events. For more information, contact Dave Eaton.

Raleigh Food Bank 

Sort anything from canned goods to frozen meet and veggies at the regional food bank. Generally 2nd Thursday of each month from 1-3 pm and once a quarter from 6-8 pm on Wednesday evening. For more information, contact Dennis Beemer at 630-319-1155.

Community Gardens

Volunteer at a growing number of gardens. For more information on the Wake Forest Baptist Church's Community Connections Garden contact Gene Cross, the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church Community Garden contact Melanie Floyd or the Spring Street Garden contact Tilde Caudle.

Senior Hunger 

These short videos were created to show the need to address senior hunger in our community  - here is how you can help.

Recent Initiatives 

Rise Against Hunger

This event was a meal packing event at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls. They packed several thousand meals and helped to stock the Tri Area Ministry, as volunteers were asked to bring donations. There were about 200 volunteers from local community groups. 

The Triangle Blessing Box has partnered with and is located at the Hope House

Our Mission at the Triangle Blessing Box, is to provide a 24/7 judgement free pantry, where community members are encouraged to take what they need and leave what they can. There is also a lockbox inside where people can write specific requests, and the Blessing Box team work to fill that need. The Blessing Box is also aimed at connecting neighbors on a more personal level to help bridge the gap in our community with those in need and those who want to help. The address for the Hope House is 334 North Allen Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Approved for the Alston-Massenburg to be a Family Summer Feeding Program

More details forthcoming regarding this partnership with Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department, Olive Branch Baptist Church, the Northeast Community Coalition and others. For more information, contact Joy Shillingsburg.

Partnership with the Northeast Community Coalition (NECC), Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department Cooking Classes at the Alston-Massenburg Center  
EFNEP is leading this cooking class that is at capacity with 25 participants. There will be more classes in the future.

Feed the Community food distribution under the Pavillion at Alston-Massenburg Center

On March 16, Food Bank in Raleigh delivered 10-12,000 pounds of food and it was distributed to over 100 families. Stay tuned for more dates in the future.

Potato Drop at St. Catherines of Siena

Hundreds of volunteers worked together to bag about 25,000 pounds of white potatoes. It was a partnership between local churches, food pantries, youth groups and military/vets - at the end of the event all waste and pallets were delivered to a local community garden.  

Town donates laptop computers to local food pantries

One of the immediate needs identified in the CAFN Plan was for laptops at local food pantries. In response, the Town recently donated four (4) laptops to local food pantries. 

Developed a Waste Mitigation & Composting Team

The team will be kicking off its educational efforts at Dirt Day in downtown Wake Forest, on Saturday, April 6, starting at 10 am. 

Photo Gallery 

Northern Community Food Security Team
Customer Service Manager
NCFST Members

Andrew Brown, Jr. 
Wake Forest Customer Service Manager
Chair of NCFST

Ross Yeager 
Northern Regional Center Director

Sydney Klein
Food Security Program Manager
NC Cooperative Extension
Capital Area Food Network

Emoke Anderson
Executive Secretary of Northern Regional Center

NCFST Partners