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.

If you would like to join a CAFN circle, please fill out this form.

COVID-19 Updates

  • 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 info on your sites as needed.
  • 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 items for weekend meals. We have distributed milk, bread, eggs, pears, apples, lettuce, oranges, limes, lemons, sweet potatoes, cabbage, cheese & bananas. In addition to food bags/boxes of shelf stable non-perishable items. Stop by the Northern Regional Center (350 E. Holding St., Wake Forest, NC  27587) every Friday between 11AM - 1PM to receive a free Weekend Meals. Thanks to our partners at Tri-Area Ministries, North East Wake Backpack Buddies, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Wake Forest Presbyterian ChurchFarmer Foodshare, FreshPoint, St. John's Episcopal Church and Bread of Life Ministries.

  • "Curbside Meals" served Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 5pm - 6pm at the Hope House (334 N. Allen Rd., Wake Forest, NC  27587). Help spread the word about our program for all who need a meal will know that dinner is waiting for them at the Hope House.  You can also help by donating money to St. John's Episcopal Church (834 Durham Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587 
     

Upcoming Events 

NCFST 2020 Quarterly Meeting Schedule

This year we have scheduled our meetings for the entire year. All are welcome to attend.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting locations will vary, but the day and time are set for Wednesdays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm:

Feed the Community Food Distribution - 4th  Saturday of each month
The Northeast Community Coalition & Tri-Area Ministry will be distributing food to Wake County residents in need on the fourth Saturday of each month. No appointment is necessary, but you must bring proof of Wake County residency. Anyone unable to get to Spring Street Church, 320 E. Spring St. or with questions is encouraged to contact Tilda Caudle at 919-271-1275. She will assist you in registering in advance. Then, you may designate someone else to pick up for you with signed permission.

Beyond Bites Cooking Classes - POSTONED due to COVID-19
Register for six weeks of free cooking classes to help you make better nutritional decisions and save money. You may register at the Alston-Massenburg Center or at Wake Forest Town Hall with Andrew Brown, Jr. For more information, contact Paula Norris at 919-914-4115 or Garrett Bryant at 919-554-6189.

Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant Business Plan - POSTONED due to COVID-19

We need support pulling together a business plan for a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Wake Forest during the January-March 2020 time frame. We are looking for individuals with strengths in non-profit set up and management, marketing, communications, fundraising, restaurant management and operations; and non-profit finance. For more information, contact George Shaw  or Kevin Meese at 919-522-2914. 

Wake County Smart Start - NC Pre-K

WCSS is now accepting applications for Wake County Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Programs including NC Pre-K, Title I and Head Start. Wake County Pre-K programs are publicly funded. If you live in Wake County and have a child who will be four-years-old by August 31, then you are eligible. Apply with Wake County Smart Start for this FREE program!


Recent Initiatives 

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 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 

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Sign up to 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

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

Andrew Brown, Jr. 
Wake Forest Customer Service 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

Emoke Anderson
Executive Secretary of Northern Regional Center
919-562-6384

NCFST Partners