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Community Assistance Programs

Last Updated: 3/6/2023

This page includes resources and contact information for community assistance programs that are available and beneficial for residents.

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Access and Functional Needs Program

The Brunswick County Emergency Services department oversees the Access & Functional Needs (AFN) Program. The main component of the AFN Program is the AFN Registry. Formally called the ‘Special Needs Registry’, the AFN Registry is a HIPAA compliant data base of residents who may have additional needs before, during and after an emergency event (e.g. a hurricane) in areas of maintaining independence, communication, transportation, safety, support and healthcare. The AFN Program/Registry is completely voluntary; residents can opt-out at any time. NC Emergency Management estimates that half of the state’s population has an access and/or functional need(s).

The AFN Program is here to:

•  Identify Brunswick County residents who have access/functional needs and include them in the AFN Registry (if they so choose);
•  Assist these residents with making personalized emergency preparedness plans;
•  Coordinate evacuation transportation for those in the AFN Registry who need transportation to emergency evacuation shelters;
•  Ensure that Brunswick County’s emergency evacuation shelters are set up to be and remain accessible for people with access/functional needs throughout the duration of an activated shelter.

AFN team members will establish a call center when an emergency event has occurred (like a tornado) or is anticipated (like a hurricane) and attempt to contact all residents in the AFN Registry in the affected area (which could be the entire county or just a certain area of the county). Team members will discuss residents’ anticipated plans and needs for that specific event and ensure they are aware of all pertinent information related to that specific emergency event.

Additional Information and Resources:

•  Sign-up for the AFN Registry by clicking here
•  Access & Functional Needs Pamphlet
•  Disaster Preparedness Guide for Seniors & Caregivers
• – Preparing Makes Sense Pamphlet
• – Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans Pamphlet
• – Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities & Others w/Access & Functional Needs Pamphlet

To learn more about the AFN Program and/or sign up by phone, contact AFN Coordinator Kelley Currie at 910-253-2850.

Additional Assistance Resources - VOAD

Visit our VOAD page for more information about available assistance resources in Brunswick County.

COVID-19 Community Assistance

To see what resources are available in Brunswick County in response to COVID-19, please click here to be routed to the COVID-19 Community Assistance page of this website. For questions related to COVID-19, call the Brunswick County Public Health Line at 910-253-2339 any time Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or email

Housing Assistance

COVID-19 Moratorium (No Longer Active)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Federal Order to halt evictions through the end of 2020. Tenants who made every attempt to pay their rent but are still behind were able to complete the CDC Declaration and provide it to their landlord (remember to keep a copy for your records and make note of when and how you provided it to your landlord any time a moratorium is put in place).  For more information, visit Legal Aid NC’s webpage ‘CDC Eviction Moratorium’.

Additional Support

Family Promise/WIHN (Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network) has an emergency shelter program that unites community partners in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. For more information, visit or call 910-769-4730.

Good Shepherd provides shelters and resources for affordable housing in the Cape Fear area. For more information, visit or call 910-763-4424.

Rent Assistance

Contact Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) to learn about resources for rental and utility assistance by calling 910-754-4766 or visit

Housing Opportunities & Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) is new statewide initiative that may provide rent and utility assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to the economic effects of COVID-19. To apply or access additional resources from the HOPE program, visit or visit

Experiencing Homelessness?

Call the Coordinated Entry Hotline at 910-444-8315 (please leave a message if there is no answer) or email for appointments and information. Visit for more details.

•  North Carolina CoC Coordinated Entry Contact list
•  NC Emergency Solutions Grant

Domestic Violence

Fleeing Domestic Violence?

Housing Intake Call-Ins: Every Thursday & by appointment at:

Family Promise: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

•  20 N. 4th St. Suite 440, Wilmington, NC
•  910-769-4730

First Fruit Ministries: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

•  2750 Vance St, Wilmington, NC
•  Text HELP to 910-899-8380 on WhatsApp for 24/7 resources.
•  Call their office at 910-794-9656 for information about housing, emergency shelter, food and supplies, and support (M-F from 10am-5pm).
•  Email to request help.
•  Visit their Day Shelter on Tuesdays (women and families) or Thursdays to meet with a case manager.

Coordinated Entry Hotline printable flyer

Crisis Response Resources

For more information on crisis response resources in Brunswick County and shelters in neighboring areas, visit

Additional Resources

Port City Community Church: SERV, PC3 Leland

Service Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV) is a PC3 Leland Team willing to assist with various situations that arise within our community. Some examples are:

•  Assisting with getting a person home after a hospital stay
•  Helping a homeowner fix corroded water pipes
•  Helping an elderly church member change a light bulb that requires an extension ladder
•  Gathering and distributing water after a serious weather event

Certain situations may require specific skills, so having a wide variety of persons with various abilities is necessary. Many situations will require no special skills, and all situations will simply require love and compassion. Contact SERV if you are in need:

Salvation Army

Programs offered by Salvation Army Cape Fear include:

•  Shelter
•  Life Skills
•  Soup Line
•  Emergency Assistance
•  Family Store Vouchers

Learn more about the programs offered by Salvation Army Cape Fear at

Catholic Charities (Cape Fear Region)

Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families living in the following counties to participate in services: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. Programs offered by Catholic Charities include:

•  Disaster Services
•  Food Pantry Services
•  Immigration Legal Services
•  Emergency Utility Assistance
•  Diaper Bank (Baby/Hygiene/Household Items)

Learn more about the programs offered by Catholic Charities at

Angel Tree Programs

Brunswick County Department of Social Services (DSS)

Staff work to collect wish lists for each individual, which are then created into a tag and placed on Angel Trees at the Walmarts in Shallotte, Southport, and Leland. Members of the public are invited to visit one of these Walmart locations to select a wish list, which they must fulfill by a certain date each December. For more information, visit

Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)

Information, donor forms, and participation applications for BFA’s annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program can be found at Applicants must schedule an appointment to enroll in the Christmas program.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army applications for Angel Tree Christmas Assistance can be found at Applications can be completed in English and Spanish from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Documents will need to be uploaded – please follow directions. Space is limited and will be first come first serve. Please share with all those that may need help with toys/clothing for their children this year!

Substance Use & Addiction

Addiction Treatment, Resources, and Support

•  The Healing Place of New Hanover County
•  Anchor Initiative
•  Treatment & Support

Mental Health & Substance Use

Trillium Health Resources is a local governmental agency (LME/MCO) that manages mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability services in Brunswick County and other eastern North Carolina counties.

•  Use the Mental Health Screening Tool
•  View a Provider Directory
•  View the Opioid Use Disorder Medication Assisted Treatment Resource Manual

Substance Use & Addiction Commission

Click here to learn more about the Brunswick County Substance Use & Addiction Commission.

Food Pantries & Meals

Individuals in need of food assistance are highly encouraged to call before visiting any food pantry as times, locations, and availability may change.

Use the Food Finder tool to enter your zip code and find a food bank near you.

State – Access Food for Children

•  Governor Cooper announced a texting tool to access food for children. Free or reduced-price eligible families can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find nearby meal sites.

Boiling Spring Lakes

Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship (SOIICF) Food Pantry

•  **Open to residents from Southport, BSL, Oak Island, Sunset Harbor and Winnabow. Must provide photo ID to prove residency.
•  No appointments are necessary. Each individual or family is eligible to receive food every 14 days. Procedures are in place to ensure the health and safety of our customers and volunteers and a wide variety of items are available.
•  Call 910-845-2320
•  249 W Boiling Spring Rd, Southport, NC 28461
•  Tuesdays 9am – 11:15am | Thursdays 5pm – 7pm | Saturdays 9am – 11:15am
•  For more information, visit


Love of Christ Ministries

•  Our food pantry offers a variety of groceries to help with food insecurity. We give away food multiple times during the week (see below times). While we mainly serve the people of Brunswick County, we are here for all who need us.
•  Call 910-253-4893
•  4308 Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia, NC 28422
•  Morning Giveaway (desserts, bread, and produce): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:30am – 12:30pm
•  Main Giveaway Days/Times (All of the above plus canned goods, meat, and eggs as available): 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 12pm – 2pm | 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 5pm – 7pm | No giveaway on 5th Thursdays
•  For more information, visit


Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist

•  Call 910-278-4141
•  8950 Ocean Hwy W, Calabash, NC 28467
•  Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm


Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)

•  Call 910-408-1700 or email
•  By appointment only
•  324-I Village Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
•  For more information, visit

Cornerstone Baptist Church *TEFAP

•  Call 910-524-0333
•  1638 Lanvale Rd, Leland, NC 28451
•  Saturday following 2nd Thursday of each month from 10am – 2pm
•  4th Thursday of the month from 4pm – 7pm
•  For more information, visit

First Baptist Church of Leland

•  Twice each month (1st and 3rd Saturdays), our Food Bank volunteers gather to distribute food to needy families from our community. Their trucks are running five days a week to make sure the Food Bank is well stocked for those in need. The Food Bank operates from 10 am – 12 noon on a “first come, first served” basis and is limited to only residents of Brunswick County. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
•  Call 910-371-2233 or email
•  517 Village Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
•  1st & 3rd Saturdays from 10am – 12pm
•  For more information, visit

Goshen Baptist Church

•  Call 910-371-6899 or email
•  4124 Mt Misery Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
•  Call for availability of food items/special meal events
•  For more information, visit

Manna Ministries – Distribution at Woodburn Presbyterian Church

•  The Manna Ministries food distribution happens only once per month, for only two hours. In those two hours, we are stocked to serve 125 families a box of groceries, bread, fresh fruit, and fresh meat. We have no paid staff and are in need of volunteers to help set up, distribute, tear down, and clean.
•  Click here to contact Manna Ministries.
•  509 Village Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
•  From 9am – 11am on 4th Saturdays of each month (January – October), 3rd Saturdays of each month (November – December)
•  For more information, visit

Salvation & Deliverance Church/The Good Samaritan’s Pantry *TEFAP

•  Our mission is to provide food and clothes to the elderly and others in need in a charitable manner. If you’re in need of emergency assistance or would like to donate, please contact us.
•  Call 910-655-9600
•  4402 Northwest Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
•  2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month from 8am – 10am
•  3rd Thursdays of each month from 8am -10am
•  For more information, visit

Towncreek Vision Corporation (TVC)

•  Towncreek Vision has made a commitment to the health and wellbeing of our community. Our food pantry is intended to fill in the gap where there are food shortages for individuals and families.
•  Call 910-477-4840 or email
•  215 Sunnybrook Way SE, Leland, NC 28451
•  Thursdays from 9am – 11am
•  For more information, visit

Oak Island

Ocean View United Methodist Church

•  Ocean View’s Food Pantry is available to anyone in need. The purpose of the Food Pantry is to provide “short-term” food aid to persons in need in our community. Anyone in our area who comes to the Food Pantry for the first time with proper identification will be given food. Food distribution to an individual or family is limited to no more than once a month. For additional questions concerning food distribution please call the church office.
•  Call 910-278-5973
•  8400 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
•  Wednesdays & Fridays from 9am to 12pm
•  For more information, visit


Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)

•  Call 910-754-4766 or email
•  By appointment only
•  4600-10 Main St, Shallotte, NC 28470
•  For more information, visit

Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI)

•  Call 910-754-2300
•  3620 Express Dr, Shallotte, NC 28470
•  2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 9am – 11am
•  For more information, visit

The Lord’s Food Pantry – South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC)

•  The mission of the The Lords Food Pantry is to improve the quality of life for our community by meeting basic human needs. All Brunswick County residents are welcome.
•  Call 910-477-3430 or email
•  3610 Express Dr, Shallotte, NC 28470
•  Saturdays from 10am to 12pm
•  For more information, visit


Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI)

•  Call 910-754-2300 or 910-754-7109
•  1513 N Howe St # 1, Southport, NC 28461
•  2nd & 4th Friday of every month from 9am – 11am
•  For more information, visit

Shoreline Baptist Church

•  Shoreline Baptist Food Pantry strives to serve 6 meals weekly to over 60 individuals with canned goods, pastas, breads, and fresh produce. Shoreline is blessed to serve over 1,000 families, 3,200 individuals each year in Southport and surrounding communities with food for body and soul.
•  Call 910-457-1909 or email
•  4198 Vanessa Dr SE, Southport, NC 28461
•  Call for availability of food items/special meal events
•  For more information, visit

Sunset Beach

Seaside United Methodist Church

•  Seaside’s Food Pantry program is supported by the congregation and community. The Pantry purchases, collects, and safely stores food and household products for free distribution to those in need within our community.
•  Call 910-579-5753 or email
•  1300 Seaside Rd SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
•  Tuesdays from 9:30am to 11:30am
•  For more information, visit


Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry – Brunswick Islands Baptist Church

•  Our food pantry is open to all who are in need. Please bring the following with you when you visit: Your name, address, and phone number, and the names and birthdates of all household members. We do not require a Food Stamp Number.
•  Call 910-842-8969 or email
•  1672 Mt Pisgah Rd SW, Supply, NC 28462
•  1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month from 8am to 10:30am
•  For more information, visit

One CAN Food Pantry – Sharon United Methodist Church

• We invite everyone to participate in making a real difference in our local community by bringing a can of food to the church and placing it in the non-perishable food item in one of the mini red grocery carts located at either entrance.
•  Call 910-842-2929 or email
•  2030 Holden Beach Rd SW, Supply, NC 28462
•  Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm
•  For more information, visit

Victory Independent Baptist Church

•  If you are needing to contact the church office to request assistance for times of hardships, please complete our contact form by clicking here.
•  Call or text 910-393-7728 (text preferred) or email
•  516 Varnamtown Rd SW, Supply, NC 28462
•  Tuesdays from 1pm – 2pm
•  For more information, visit


Client Choice Food Pantry – Catholic Charities (Cape Fear Region)

•  Individuals or families in need may come to the food pantry once every 30 days to receive a 3 – 4 day supply of groceries.
•  Call 910-251-8130
•  4280 US-421 Suite 110, Wilmington, NC 28401
•  Tuesdays & Fridays from 9am to 11:30am
•  For more information, visit

Soup Line – The Salvation Army of Cape Fear

•  Call 910-762-2070 or email
•  820 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28402
•  A hot meal is served daily at 6:00pm to anyone that is hungry. No ID or other documentation is required.
•  For more information, visit

Diaper Banks

Brunswick Baptist Association

The Brunswick Baptist Association hosts a diaper bank every Wednesday at 1041 Old Ocean Highway, Bolivia (unless it falls directly before or on a holiday). Individuals must be referred by the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, a pastor of a local church, or a medical office. All referrals must be made by email no later than the Tuesday before. Phone referrals will not be accepted. The referral must include the individual’s name receiving the diapers, the number of children needing diapers and their sizes, and the person who is making the referral with their complete contact information. All referrals must be emailed to

•  Call 910-754-7979
•  1041 Old Ocean Hwy, Bolivia, NC 28422
•  Wednesdays, by referral only. A photo ID is required.
•  For more information, visit
•  The Brunswick Baptist Association is a partner distribution site for the Diaper Bank of NC- Lower Cape Fear Branch. You can contact the Lower Cape Fear Branch at

Catholic Charities (Cape Fear Region)

Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families of all faiths or no faith tradition, living in the following counties to participate in services: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. 

•  Call 910-251-8130 before you come to ensure we have what you need.
•  4280 US-421 Suite 110, Wilmington, NC 28401
•  Tuesdays & Fridays from 9am to 11:30am
•  Families can access 30-50 diapers once every 30 calendar days. We also carry infant and toddler diapering needs.
•  For more information, visit
•  Catholic Charities is a partner distribution site for the Diaper Bank of NC- Lower Cape Fear Branch. You can contact the Lower Cape Fear Branch at




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