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

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.

Sign-up for the AFN Registry now by clicking here

Access & Functional Needs Pamphlet

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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

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Federal Order to halt evictions through the end of 2020. Tenants who have made every attempt to pay their rent but are still behind should 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).  For more information, visit Legal Aid NC’s webpage ‘CDC Eviction Moratorium’.

Additional Support

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.

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

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!

Food Pantries & Meals

Individuals in need of food assistance are highly encouraged to call before visiting any food pantry as many modifications are occurring.

State – Access Food for Children

  • Governor Cooper announces 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.

Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)

  • By appointment only during COVID-19 (Office Hours M-F 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4:30pm)
  • Shallotte: Call 910-754-4766 (4600-8 Main Street)
  • Leland: Call 910-408-1700 (324-I Village Road)
  • For more information, visit

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.
  • Call 910-845-2320
  • Boiling Spring Lakes – 249 West Boiling Spring Road
  • Tuesdays 9am – 11:30am | Thursdays 5pm – 7pm | Saturdays 9am – 11:30am
  • The SOIICF Food Pantry is OPEN and eager to serve folks in need during this difficult time. The pantry is located at 249 W. Boiling Spring Road in Boiling Spring Lakes and serves those who live in Southport, Oak Island, BSL, Sunset Harbor and Winnabow (zip codes 28461, 28465, 28422, 28479). The pantry is open Tuesday 9-11:30 am; Thursday 5-7 pm; and Saturday 9-11:30 am. No appointments are necessary but you will need to provide identification. 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.  You may call 910-845-2320 during the hours stated above if you have questions. Extra cleaning procedures and social distancing are being practiced.

Love of Christ Ministries

  • Call 910-253-4893
  • 4308 Bus 17 E, Bolivia, NC
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 12pm – 2pm
  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 5pm – 7pm

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist

  • Call 910-278-4141
  • Calabash – 8950 Ocean Hwy
  • Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm

Conerstone Baptist Church *TEFAP

  • Call 910-616-1381
  • 1638 Lanvale Rd., Leland, NC
  • 2nd & 4th Fridays 12pm – 4pm

First Baptist Church of Leland

  • Call 910-508-6722
  • 517 Village Rd., Leland, NC
  • 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am – 12pm

Goshen Baptist Church

  • Call 910-371-6899
  • 4121 Mt. Misery Rd. NE, Leland, NC
  • Call for availability of food items/special meal events
Inspirational House of Praise
  • Call 910-612-7041
  • 1005 Village Rd., Leland, NC
  • Wednesdays 8:30am – 9:30am
Manna Ministries – Distribution at Closer Walk United Methodist Church
  • Call 910-200-9866
  • 117-C Village Rd., Leland, NC
  • 4th Saturday 9am – 11am
Salvation & Deliverance/Samaritan’s Pantry *TEFAP
  • Call 910-655-3261
  • 4402 Northwest Rd., Leland, NC
  • 2nd & 4th Saturdays 9am – 11am
  • 3rd Thursdays 9am -11am
Towncreek Vision
  • Call 910-443-7111
  • 215 Sunnbrook Way, Leland, NC
  • Thursdays 10am – 12pm
Word of Life Outreach
  • 9781 A Blackwell Rd. SE, Leland, NC
  • Monday – Friday 11am – 6:30pm
Countywide CDC
  • Call 910-383-1724
  • Navassa – 1183 Old Mill Rd.
  • Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
Ocean View United Methodist
  • Call 910-278-5973
  • Oak Island – 8400 E. Oak Island Dr.
  • Call for available assistance/food programs
Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI)
  • Call 910-754-2300
  • Shallotte – 3620 Express Drive
  • Southport – 1513 N. Howe Street
  • 2nd & 4th Fridays 9am – 11am
  • For more information please call or visit the BSRI website at
The Lord’s Food Pantry – Camp United Methodist Church
  • Call 910-754-4840
  • Shallotte – 4807 Main St.
  • Saturdays from 10:am-Noon
  • Drive-thru Service
  • All Brunswick County residents are welcome
Soup Kitchen – Camp United Methodist Church
  • Call 910-754-4840
  • Shallotte – 4807 Main St.
  • Call for days/times
South Brunswick Inter-Church at Camp United Methodist Church
  • Call 910-579-4684
  • Shallotte – 4807 Main St.
  • Saturdays 10am – 12pm
St. Brendan’s Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church
  • Shallotte – 5101 Ocean HWY West
  • Wednesdays 10am – 12pm
  • 910-754-8544
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
  • Shallotte – 883 Holden Beach Rd.
  • 1st & 3rd Mondays (perishables) 8am – until supplies are depleted
  • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 10am – 11am
  • 910-754-4018
NC Food Bank of Wilmington at Shoreline Baptist Church
  • Southport – 4198 Vanessa Dr.
  • Mondays 3pm – 5pm
  • 910-457-1909
Shoreline Baptist Church
  • Southport – 4198 Vanessa Dr.
  • Mondays 3pm – 5pm (closed Federal holidays)
  • 910-457-1909
Sonrise Independent Baptist
  • Southport – 8375 River Rd.
  • 2nd & 4th Mondays 2pm – 4pm
  • 910-880-9889
Seaside United Methodist Church
  • Sunset Beach – 1300 Seaside Rd.
  • Tuesdays 9am – 4pm
  • 910-579-5753
Bible Baptist Church
  • Supply – 2428 Seashore Rd. SW
  • Call for assistance that may be available
  • 910-842-7822
Brunswick Islands Baptist
  • Supply – 1672 Mt. Pisgah Rd.
  • 3rd Thursdays 12pm until supplies are depleted
  • 910-842-8969
Victory Independent Baptist Church
  • Supply – 516 Varnamtown Rd.
  • Tuesdays 12pm – 1pm
  • 910-842-7322
St Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church
  • Winnabow – 6401 Ocean Hwy E.
  • 1st & 3rd Saturdays 11am – 1pm
  • 910-253-7622
Trinity Tabernacle
  • Winnabow – 1029 George II Hwy SE
  • 1st & 3rd Fridays 2pm – 4pm
Catholic Charities Food Pantry/Diaper Bank
  • Wilmington (open to the Cape Fear Region)
  • Must schedule an appointment by calling 910-251-8130
  • Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm
  • Fridays 9:30am – 11:30am
  • 910-251-8130
The Salvation Army of Cape Fear
  • Wilmington – 820 N. Second Street
  • The Salvation Army continues evening “Soup Line” community meals beginning at 6pm from their shelter at 820 N. Second Street in Wilmington.
  • The Salvation Army food pantry at 820 N. Second Street is distributing food Wednesday & Friday 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm.
  • The Salvation Army Social Services office continues to operate with most services provided via phone.
  • 910-762-7354
Diaper Banks

Brunswick Baptist Association

Bolivia – 1041 Old Ocean Hwy

Wednesdays 9am – 12pm (noon)


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