Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST)


What is NCFST?

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) is a network of partners and community members who are passionate about eliminating food insecurity in Northern Wake County. The NCFST also serves as a collaborative hub where volunteers and local organizations assemble to discuss and develop strategies to fight hunger in Northern Wake County with a special emphasis on areas in and around Wake Forest and Rolesville. Relationships established by NCFST are critical for securing and communicating the availability of needed resources.

NCFST Overview

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.

Help Up Fight 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.

Upcoming Events 

June is National Hunger Awareness Month and Wake County is hosting four (4) one-hour virtual webinars featuring community partners. Join every Tuesday at Noon in June and the schedule is below!  

Community Gardens - Tuesday, June 4, at Noon

Learn about a local community garden operation in Wake Forest!

Youth Hunger - Tuesday, June 11, at Noon

Learn about how to receive free meals for children with the Summer Food Service Program and highlight youth in the community using their skills and talents in the food security space.

Food Pantries - Tuesday, June 18, at Noon

Learn about how the Urban Ministries of Wake County Food Pantry operates and the impact they've had on their community.

Family Testimonials - Tuesday, June 25, at Noon

Let's wrap up Hunger Awareness month by hearing from some families who have been directly impacted food security work in the community!

2024 CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-5 pm
More details coming soon!

2024 NCFST Quarterly Meeting 

The NCFST will host an in-person meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Northern Regional Center. All are welcome to attend. Meals provided at both meetings, please email to RSVP.

NCFST Mobile Market 
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month (Rain or Shine)  |  3-5 pm  |  350 E. Holding Ave.

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) is partnering with Ripe for Revival to offer a mobile grocery store on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 3-5 p.m. across from the Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave. Offering fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy from local and regional farmers on a pay-what-you-can scale, the Ripe for Revival Mobile Market made its inaugural debut in September 2023.

Ripe for Revival utilizes its network of farmer and food industry relationships to narrow the gap between farm excess and food access. The company purchases “retired” city or school buses, renovates them to include refrigerators and freezers, and transforms them into Mobile Markets that can drive into communities impacted by food insecurity. 

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Other Initiatives 

NECC Community Garden & Gathering Space

GardenVolunteers 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

Community Meals


Wake Forest Community Table - 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.


Senior Hunger

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

Volunteer Opportunities

The NCFST 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

Other volunteer opportunities are highlighted below.

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.

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.


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.

Recent Initiatives

NCFST & Ripe Revival Easter Food Boxes giveaway to the first 50 families that registered

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) and Ripe Revival are helping to provide Easter dinner for 50 local families by giving each a free box of food. 

Volunteer Recruitment 

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

Hope House 

The Hope House feeds the community every Thursday. NCFST assists with picking up food from Raleigh and delivering/sorting at the HOPE House several times per month. 


Each year we support the efforts of the CROP Walk for Hunger

Past Initiatives

Food HUB

For approximately 2 years the NCFST operated a remote Food Hub to assist about 15 local food pantries. Weekly, we provided fresh produce, shelf stable goods and on occasion meat & dairy. This was possible through the CAFN ARPA funding program. 

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. 

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. 


Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST)
Community Outreach Manager
NCFST Members

Andrew Brown, Jr. 
Community Outreach Manager
Chair of NCFST

Ross Yeager 
Northern Regional Center Director

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

Valerie Massengill
Rolesville Food Security Team

Kristen Stafford
Town of Rolesville Program Coordinator

NCFST Partners