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Volunteers needed for Saturday’s Wake Forest “Potato Drop”

Town of Wake Forest News

The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST) and several other Wake County organizations committed to a sustainable food future will host the Wake Forest Potato Drop this Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave.

The Potato Drop is expected to bring together hundreds of area volunteers to bag 60,000 pounds of white potatoes that will be distributed to dozens of food pantries across our region and state.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to bag the potatoes and work alongside the Wake Forest Waste Minimization & Compost Team to remove the potato scraps. 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.

Anyone planning to volunteer should bring/wear comfortable shoes and clothing and work gloves.

The Potato Drop and cleanup is expected to conclude by 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, organizers will host an information session about the Wake Forest Community Connections Garden sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Please note: In the event of rain, the Potato Drop may be rescheduled for Saturday, March 9.

For more information, contact NCFST Chair Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466 or abrown@wakeforestnc.gov.

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.

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