Community Assistance Programs
This page includes resources and contact information for community assistance programs that are available and beneficial for residents.
Access & 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 HIPPA 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.
To learn more about the AFN Program and everything it offers and/or to sign up by phone, contact Kelley Currie, AFN Coordinator, at 910-253-2850.
Additional Details About Assistance Programs
VOAD – click here for more info 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. The Brunswick County Public Health Line remains active Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for questions related to COVID-19 call 910-253-2339. Or, questions related to the virus can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 can be found through the Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network’s emergency shelter program 910-769-4730 and the Good Shepard Rapid Rehousing Program 910-763-4424.
Contact Brunswick Family Assistance to learn about resources for rental and utility assistance 910-754-4766 or apply online by clicking here.
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 harship due to the econmic effects of COVID-19. Apply from the HOPE website by clicking here.
Call the Coordinated Entry Hotline at 910-444-8315 (please leave a message if there is no answer) or
Email: email@example.com for appointments and information.
Fleeing Domestic Violence?
Housing Intake Call-Ins: Every Thursday & by appointment at:
Family Promise: 10am – 11am 20 N. 4th St. Suite 440, Wilmington 910-769-4730
First Fruit Ministries: 11am-12pm 2750 Vance St, Wilmington 910-794-9656
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: https://www.pc3leland.org/contact-us
Salvation Army Angel Tree Application
The Salvation Army applications for Angel Tree Christmas Assistance is now online. Applications are available at www.buildhope.news and click application for Christmas Assistance at the top. 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 info, visit brunswickfamily.org
Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry
Boiling Spring Lakes – 249 West Boiling Spring Road
Tuesdays 9am – 11:30am
Thursdays 5pm – 7pm
Saturdays 9am – 11:30am
**Open to residents from Southport, BSL, Oak Island, Sunset Harbor and Winnabow. Must provide photo id to prove residency.
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
Bolivia – 4308 Bus 17 E
1st & 3rd Thursday from 12pm – 2pm
2nd & 4th Thursday from 5pm – 7pm
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist
Calabash – 8950 Ocean Hwy
Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm
Conerstone Baptist Church *TEFAP
Leland – 1638 Lanvale Rd.
2nd & 4th Fridays 12pm – 4pm
First Baptist Church of Leland
Leland – 517 Village Rd
1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am – 12pm
Goshen Baptist Church
Leland – 4121 Mt. Misery Rd. NE
Call for availability of food items/special meal events
Inspirational House of Praise
Leland – 1005 Village Rd.
Wednesdays 8:30am – 9:30am
Manna Ministries – Distribution at Closer Walk United Methodist Church
Leland – 117-C Village Rd.
4th Saturday 9am – 11am
Salvation & Deliverance/Samaritan’s Pantry *TEFAP
Leland – 4402 Northwest Rd.
2nd & 4th Saturdays 9am – 11am
3rd Thursdays 9am -11am
Leland – 215 Sunnbrook Way
Thursdays 10am – 12pm
Word of Life Outreach
Leland – 9781 A Blackwell Rd. SE
Monday – Friday 11am – 6:30pm
Navassa – 1183 Old Mill Rd.
Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
Ocean View United Methodist
Oak Island – 8400 E. Oak Island Dr.
Call for available assistance/food programs
Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI)
Shallotte – 3620 Express Drive
Southport – 1513 N. Howe Street
2nd & 4th Fridays 9am – 11am
For more information please call 910-754-2300 or visit the BSRI website at www.bsrinc.org.
The Lord’s Food Pantry – Camp United Methodist Church
Shallotte – 4807 Main St.
Saturdays from 10:am-Noon
All Brunswick County residents are welcome
Soup Kitchen – Camp United Methodist Church
Shallotte – 4807 Main St.
Call for days/times 910-754-4840
South Brunswick Inter-Church at Camp United Methodist Church
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
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
Shallotte – 883 Holden Beach Rd.
1st & 3rd Mondays (perishables) 8am – until supplies are depleted
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 10am – 11am
NC Food Bank of Wilmington at Shoreline Baptist Church
Southport – 4198 Vanessa Dr.
Mondays 3pm – 5pm
Shoreline Baptist Church
Southport – 4198 Vanessa Dr.
Mondays 3pm – 5pm (closed Federal holidays)
Sonrise Independent Baptist
Southport – 8375 River Rd.
2nd & 4th Mondays 2pm – 4pm
Seaside United Methodist Church
Sunset Beach – 1300 Seaside Rd.
Tuesdays 9am – 4pm
Bible Baptist Church
Supply – 2428 Seashore Rd. SW
Call for assistance that may be available
Brunswick Islands Baptist
Supply – 1672 Mt. Pisgah Rd.
3rd Thursdays 12pm until supplies are depleted
Victory Independent Baptist Church
Supply – 516 Varnamtown Rd.
Tuesdays 12pm – 1pm
St Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church
Winnabow – 6401 Ocean Hwy E.
1st & 3rd Saturdays 11am – 1pm
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
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.
Brunswick Baptist Association
Bolivia – 1041 Old Ocean Hwy
Wednesdays 9am – 12pm (noon)