The Northern Community Food Security Team (NCFST), the Society of St. Andrew and a network of Wake County partners committed to a sustainable food future are recruiting volunteers for the 2020 Wake Forest Potato Drop.
Scheduled for Saturday, February 29, 2020, in the parking lot of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest, North Carolina, the Potato Drop will kick off at 8:50am with a brief word of welcome and prayer, followed by the start of potato bagging at 9am.
The 2020 Potato Drop will bring together hundreds of area volunteers to bag 40,000 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 is encouraged to pre-register at endhunger.org/wake-forest-2020/. On the day of the event, volunteers should bring/wear comfortable shoes and clothing and work gloves.
The Potato Drop and cleanup is expected to conclude by 10:30am.
For more information, contact NCFST Chair Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919.435.9466 or via email.
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.
Source: Bill Crabtree, Town of Wake Forest