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 strategies that 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.

If you would like to join a CAFN circle, please complete and submit our online form.

CAFN has a COVID-19 resource page for families, farmers, and small businesses that work within the food system. Please forward to those who need it, or use any information on your sites as needed. 

GardenNECC Community Garden & Gathering Space 

Volunteers are needed to make the NECC Community Garden, 504 N. Taylor St., a success. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to volunteer! Visit the Northeast Community Coalition website to learn more.

Garden hours: Thursdays, 11 am-3 pm

Volunteer days: First and third Saturdays of each month 

Facebook: /wfnecc

Instagram: @necccoalition

 

NCFST Hub to end June 30, 2022

Since September 2020, NCFST Food Hub distributed thousands of perishable boxes and non-perishable boxes. This represent ~500,000 pounds of food.  Our partners report somewhat lower demand in the month of April, but still greater than pre-Covid. Wake County has continued to fund the Food Hub, thru June 30, 2022, albeit with fewer funds.  

Wake County has approved the Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) as a Community Food Hub in the Northern Human Services Region and awarded the NCFST over $150,000 to support ongoing food relief efforts in our area. The NCFST is one of a handful of Community Food Hubs located throughout the county that food insecure residents can visit to obtain food, including groceries and fresh produce. Community Food Hub partner agencies also provide or coordinate community deliveries of products to those who are home-bound or lack transportation.

The hub also distributes produce and non-perishables from the former SunTrust Building, 353 S. White St., to its many distribution partners, including the Northeast Community Coalition, North Wake Church, Hope House, Oak Level Christian Church, and Glory Tabernacle Food Pantry – among others. 

The NCFST is a consortium of local organizations whose mission is to ensure food security in the North County community.  Founded in 2018 in conjunction with the Town of Wake Forest adoption of the Wake County Food Security Plan, NCFST counts more than a dozen food pantries, faith-based organizations, businesses, concerned citizens among its' participants, in addition to support from the Town of Wake Forest and Wake County.  

Community Meals

Wake Forest Community Meals - Meals are served Mondays at Hope House from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at Olive Branch Baptist Church from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. They offer take home meals, casseroles, produce and groceries. Volunteers may sign up to help serve. For more information or to make a donation, contact Joy Shillingburg.

NC Summer Meals Site Finder - This map is for families and the general public to find free nutritious meals for children in North Carolina. Results will include information about nearby Summer Meal Sites that are open. The map will be updated at least weekly during the traditional summer operating months (June - August). You may also text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 during the summer months to find a site near you with free meals for kids. Site information was last updated on: June 2nd, 2022. Visit the NCDPI Summer Nutrition Programs website for more information.

Upcoming Events 

2022 NCFST Quarterly Meetings 

The NCFST will host virtual meetings on the following Tuesdays from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please email for the link.

  • March 8, 2022

  • June 14, 2022

  • September 13, 2022

  • December 13, 2022

 

Recent & Ongoing Initiatives 

Weekend Meals Program 

In partnership with the WCPSS lunch/breakfast drive by pick up, we have partnered with several local non-profits to assist with food bags/boxes of shelf stable non-perishable items. 

Town of Wake Forest donated pickup truck 

The Town donated a truck to help deliver food and help with gleaning efforts. NCFST Truck

Volunteer Recruitment 

Established an online volunteer registration form to help recruit volunteers for the various programs. 

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 will be leading this cooking classes with capacity at 25 participants. There will be more classes in the future.

Feed the Community food distribution under the Pavilion 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. Catherine's 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. 

 

Photo Gallery 

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.

Senior Hunger

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

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.

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.

NCFST Volunteer Registration Form

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.

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.

First Fruits Farms - Servant Center & Community Garden

Volunteer to serve your community by helping us at First Fruit Farms. Regular volunteer hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11 am. 1950 E. River Road, Louisburg, NC

Gleaning

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.

Northern Community Food Security Team
Customer Service & Outreach Manager
919-435-9466
NCFST Members

Andrew Brown, Jr. 
Wake Forest Customer Service & Outreach Manager
Chair of NCFST
919-435-9466

Ross Yeager 
Northern Regional Center Director
919-562-6363

Sydney Klein
Food Security Program Manager
NC Cooperative Extension
Capital Area Food Network
919-250-3795

Valerie Massengill
Rolesville Food Security Team
919-210-3619

Kristen Stafford
Town of Rolesville Program Coordinator
919-554-5682

NCFST Partners