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.

Upcoming Events 

NCFST 2020 Quarterly Meeting Schedule
This year we have scheduled our meetings for the entire year. All are welcome to attend. The meeting locations will vary, but the day and time are set for Wednesdays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm:

2020 Wake Forest Potato Drop Sponsored By The Society Of St. Andrew
Help the Society of St. Andrew & Capital Area Food Network share 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes with the community at the 2020 Wake Forest Potato Drop. February 29, 2020
St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 500 W. Holding St, Wake Forest.  Signup Online at (Pantries can collect potatoes starting at 9:30am). For more information, email George Shaw  or call 919-761-5295.

Feed the Community Food Distribution
The Northeast Community Coalition & Tri-Area Ministry will be distributing food the 4th Saturday of each month from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Spring Street Christian Church located at 320 E. Spring Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587. No appointment is necessary, but you must bring proof of Wake County residency. Unable to get to Spring St. Church or if you have questions, contact Tee Caudle (919) 271-1275 to register in advance and then you may designate someone else to pick up for you with signed permission.

Monday Community Meals
The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) along with several community partners will host four (4) "Monday Community Meals" from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.  Meals will be served on the following dates: January 27th, February 24th, March 23rd & April 27th. For more information, Joy Shillingsburg.

"Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant" Business Plan Sign Up - We need support pulling together a business plan for a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Wake Forest in the January-March 2020 time frame.   We are looking for folks with strengths in non-profit set up & management, marketing, communications, fundraising, restaurant management & operations; & non-profit finance.  Contact: George Shaw  or Kevin Meese  (919) 522-2914. Please complete the following survey.

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. 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