Meal-Packing Event

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) is partnering with Rise Against Hunger to host a meal-packing event Saturday, April 13, at the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, 325 S. Wingate St. Check-in will begin at noon, followed by the packing of meals from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to pack 55,000 meals that will be delivered to areas ravaged by natural disasters and sent to feed school children in such places as Haiti, the Philippines and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Families, local civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. The event will also offer a great opportunity for local students to earn community service hours.

Volunteers must be at least four-years-old. Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to register at

On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to bring donations for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry. Items needed include peanut butter, jelly (no glass jars), canned chicken, tuna, vegetables, fruit, grits, oatmeal, rice, dried beans, pasta, pasta sauce (no glass jars), macaroni and cheese, crackers, feminine hygiene products, diapers (sizes 4-6), baby wipes and baby food. 

For more information, email George Shaw at

About the NCFST

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


The 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.


Wake Forest Customer Service Manager Andrew Brown, Jr. serves as the current chair of the NCFST. Other members include George Shaw of Wake Forest Area Hunger Ministry; Ross Yeager, director of the Northern Regional Center; Sydney Klein with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Capital Area Food Network; and Emoke Anderson with the Northern Regional Center.

Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club