COVID-19 Community Awareness
This page is dedicated to community awareness while Brunswick County works through the impacts of Covid-19. Here you will find offers of assistance, updates from utility providers, food bank notices, etc. If you are aware of any other offers or notices, please email Leslie Stanley at email@example.com . If you have questions about any of the listings included, please contact the company/organization directly. This page will be updated as quickly as possible; please understand that all programs/info contained herein are subject to change or cease without notice and such are not controlled by Brunswick County Emergency Services.
COVID-19 Information Lines
Brunswick County Public Health
Call Center Line: 910-253-2339 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Email questions/concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Public Health Call Line (open 24/7)
North Carolina 2-1-1 Program
Dial 2-1-1 for COVID-19 questions
for the 2-1-1 website Click Here
Also available at 1-888-892-1162, TTY # 800-735-0533
To get text alerts, text COVIDNC to 898211
Access to Child Care For Essential Personnel
If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of COVID-19 closures call 1-888-600-1685 . Currently, representatives are available to assist weekdays between 8am and 5pm (service in response to Section 2 of Executive Order No. 119 issued by Governor Roy Cooper on March 20, 2020).
Si usted es un padre (o madre) que cuida a los miembros en nuestra comunidad y el cuidado de ninos se ha visto afectado o no esta disponible debido a los cierres causados por el COVID-19, llame al 1-888-600-1685. Por ahora, los representatntes estan disponibles para ayudarle de Lunes a Viernes entre 8am – 5pm.
Find Assistance for People with Disabilities
North Carolina council on Developmental Disabilities NCCDD
Brunswick County residents with access needs, functional needs or disabilities can sign-up for the Access & Functional Needs Registry online by clicking here. To sign-up by phone, or if you are already in the Access & Functional Registry (also known as the Special Needs Registry) and need assistance, please contact Kelley Currie, Access & Functional Needs Coordinator, at 910-253-2850 or email@example.com.
Notices in American Sign Language:
Community Assistance and Business Resources
Additional Community Assistance information is contained on this page. If you have information to add to the list of resources found here, please contact the Non-Profit & Volunteer Coordinator, Leslie Stanley; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 910-253-2589
Resources for business – Click Here
Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition
Brunswick County Schools will be providing pick-up meals (breakfast and lunch) to all children, ages 1-18 years, Monday – Friday, 11am – 1pm, during the school closure at Brunswick County High Schools; click here for further details. If you do not have transportation to your local high school to pick-up a meal, please call your child’s school between 9am and 2pm (weekdays).
Daily Pick-up Sites for All Students
Breakfast and lunch pick-up meals are now available Monday – Friday for all students from 11am to 1pm at the three high school campuses. There is no charge for this service. Parents who cannot travel to a food distribution site at one of our high schools should contact their child’s school between 9am and 2pm so that we can gather information on the needs.
- NBHS: 114 Scorpion Drive, Leland, NC 28451
- WBHS: 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC 28470
- SBHS: 280 Cougar Drive, BSL Southport, NC 28461
Desayuno y almuerzo están ahora disponibles para recoger de Lunes a Viernes para todos los estudiantes de 11 am a 1 pm en las tres instalaciones de escuela superior. No habrá cargo por este servicio. Los padres que no puedan viajar hasta los centros de distribución deben comunicarse con la escuela de su niño entre 9 am y 2 pm para recopilar información para lo que puedan necesitar.
Matthew’s Ministry – Backpack Program
Distribution sites for the week of 3/23 -3/27
9 AM- 11 AM – Beach Road Baptist Church – 4457 Flagship Avenue, Southport, NC 28461
12 PM – 2 PM – New Creations Worship Center – 3127 George II Highway, Southport, NC
4PM – 6 PM – PC3 Leland – 1018 E. Grandiflora Dr. Suite E, Leland, NC 28451
4PM – 6 PM – Camp United Methodist Church – 4807 Main St., Shallotte, NC 28470
1 PM – 3 PM – Seaside United Methodist Church – 1300 Seaside Rd., Sunset Beach, NC 28468;
10 AM – 12 PM – Town Creek Baptist Church – 832 Green Hill Rd., Leland, NC 28451
3 PM – 5 PM – The Leland Church (TLC) – 1107 Newpointe Blvd. Suite 24, Leland, NC 28451
3 PM- 5PM – Generations Church – 4019 Executive Park Blvd., Southport, NC 28461;
Food Is also available to be picked up from 9 AM- 2PM on Monday – Friday at Jessie Mae Elementary School.
Their address is:
250 Pea Landing Rd NW Ash, NC
If you need to enroll your child, visit one of the sites listed or see their Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewsMinistry/
Attention Retired Health Care Providers
As we face unprecedented times in response to COVID-19, it is best practice to plan and prepare for various scenarios. One area of planning is working towards supporting our local medical providers with additional personnel, if the need arises. To assist, I am organizing a database of those who are interested in volunteering in a health care setting.
Potential needs include:
- Clinical (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
- Clinical Support (pharmacy, imaging, and respiratory care)
If you are interested in being included in the Brunswick County Health Care Volunteer database, in one of the above capacities, please provide the following:
- Full Name
- Medical Profession
- State Issued
- Issue Date
- Expiration Date
- Contact information
If you have Administrative/Admin. Assistant experience in a health care facility, and are interested in volunteering, please provide the following:
- Full Name
- Brief description of experience
- Contact information
Again, at this time, I am just gathering information of those who are interested in volunteering; by providing your information, you are simply saying you would like to learn more about potential opportunities.
Information and questions can be sent to Leslie Stanley at email@example.com
Request for Donations
Here is the first way you can help . There is going to be a tremendous need for food . We provide weekend backpack food to 550 food insecure children each week but without free breakfast and lunch these children will need more food . I will have at least 10 distribution sites open next week ( times and locations to follow on Tuesday) but we are going to need a lot of food ready to go to get there.
If you want to help now you can set up your own packing station at your house .
Fill a plastic grocery bag with food items that are ready to go . We use special bags that are heavy but if you double bag then you should be fine .
Each week we send a bag that contains:
A Chef-Boy-R-Dee item
A can of soup
A can of veggies
A granola bar
An oatmeal pack
A pack of crackers
A can of chicken
Macaroni and Cheese
Canned pasta sauce
Then, we add at least two bonus items( peanut butter and jelly , rice , applesauce, cereal etc) . No glass items . Bags don’t have to look identical to this . This is what will be sending home . Feel free to create bags that you feel would benefit the kids . We spend $10,000-$12,000 a month on weekend food and I know the food in our building is going to go fast . Our food order is not scheduled to arrive until the beginning of April so I am going to need bags ready to go ASAP .
If your church , neighborhood, civic group , family wants to help now you can collect these items and have bags ready to go when I need them this week . If you need my plastic bags I can also make those available to you . When you have a set number of bags packed then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will tell you where they need to go . I will have other opportunities posted on Tuesday but this is what we are going to need to start now to prepare . If you choose to donate food directly to our building you can still leave it in the food drop off ( 8500 Oak Island Drive ) and monetary donations can be sent to PO Box 10761 Southport NC 28461. Credit card donations can be made on our PayPal account on matthewsministry.com and if you want to order food for us ( and not leave your home ) let us know the grocery store ordered from and we will have volunteers retrieve it .
Food Stamp Program
At this time, there are not any changes in the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS ) or Food Stamp program. Food and Nutrition Services is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. Benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards).
Individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulty, are encouraged to apply for benefits. Due to the novel COVID-19 virus, we are trying to limit the number of people visiting the office. Therefore, Brunswick County DSS is encouraging individuals who wish to apply for FNS benefits, apply online at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do or call our office to request an application. For more information regarding the FNS program and information needed to apply, please visit the Social Service page on the Brunswick County Website ( https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/social-services/medicaid/ )
Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)
- Food Assistance: visits to the food pantry will by appointment only; clients are urged to call ahead of time to ensure timely response and visits to the pantry. During such a crucial time of need, no client services will be disrupted and BFA will continue to provide services to the community they serve. If you are not an existing client, please call and BFA will complete the intake process over the phone. For an appointment, please call 910-754-4766. BFA Food Pantry Locations:
- Leland – 324-1 Village Road
- Shallotte – 4600-10 Main Street
- Financial Assistance for the following:
- ***FINAL NOTICE utilities (electric & water); power stats must have less than $10
- Rent (must be past due)
- Medical Rx (must be a life-sustaining medication) *mainly for seniors (60+)
**For assistance with mortgage payments and car insurance: you will need to contact your lender/insurance provider to discuss your hardship; BFA does not provide financial assistance for mortgage or insurance.
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.
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 Monday – Friday 9am to 2pm.
The Salvation Army Social Services office continues to operate with most services provided via phone.
Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)
By appointment only during COVID-19
Shallotte – call 910-754-4766 (4600-10 Main Street)
Leland – call 910-408-1700 (324-I Village Road)
For more info, visit brunswickfamily.org
Love of Christ Ministries
Bolivia – 4308 Bus 17 N.E
1st & 3rd Thursday from 12pm – 2pm
2nd & 4th Thursday from 5pm – 7pm
Ocean Isle Beach – 570 Meadow Summit Dr.
Saturday, March 28th 11am – 2pm
Food bags available for pickup for families; please stay in your car upon arrival and someone will assist you. Bags of food will be distributed based on family size.
Leland – 215 Sunnbrook Way
Thursdays 10am – 12pm
Inspirational House of Praise
Leland – 1005 Village Rd.
Wednesdays 8:30am – 9:30am
Salvation & Deliverance *TEFAP
Leland – 4402 Northwest Rd.
2nd & 4th Saturdays 9am – 11am
3rd Thursdays 9am -11am
Conerstone Baptist Church *TEFAP
Leland – 1638 Lanvale Rd.
4th Thursdays 12pm – 4pm
Saturday following the 2nd Thursday 10am – 2pm
Navassa – 1183 Old Mill Rd.
Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
South Brunswick Inter-Church
Shallotte – 4807 Main St.
Saturdays 10am – 12pm
St. Bendans Church
Shallotte – 5101 Ocean Hwy W.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 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
Sonrise Independent Baptist
Southport – 8375 River Rd.
2nd & 4th Mondays 2pm – 4pm
Shoreline Baptist Church
Southport – 4198 Vanessa Dr.
Mondays 3pm – 5pm (closed Federal holidays)
Brunswick Islands Baptist
Supply – 1672 Mt. Pisgah Rd.
1st & 3rd Tuesdays 8am – 11am
Victory Independent Baptist Church
Supply – 516 Varnamtown Rd. SW
Tuesdays 12pm -1pm
St Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church
Winnabow – 6401 Ocean Hwy E.
1st & 3rd Saturdays 11am – 1pm
Trinity Tabernacle Full Gospel Church
Winnabow – 1029 George II Hwy
1st & 3rd Fridays 10am – 12pm (appointments on other days)
Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI)
The Brunswick Senior Centers and Sites are all closed to the public until further notice. BSRI is working hard to provide meals to their participants during this closing. Staff will prepare meals for pick-up via drive-thru, and those currently receiving home-delivered meals will have no interruptions to their service. 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.
4:30pm-6:30pm Friday, March 20th
Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry
Boiling Spring Lakes – 249 West Boiling Spring Road
Tuesdays 9am – 11:30am
Thursdays 6pm – 7:15pm
Saturdays 9am – 11:30am
**Open to residents from Southport, BSL, Oak Island, Sunset Harbor and Winnabow. Must provide photo id to prove residency and fill out an application.
Highest Praise Church & The Purple Onion – Boxed Hot Meals (Wednesday Evenings)
Highest Praise Church and The Purple Onion will be distributing 300 BOXED HOT MEALS Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesdays for the next three weeks (March 25, April 1, & April 8) at Highest Praise Church. Distribution will operate as a drive through in the parking lot and sanitation measures will be taken.
Shallotte – 19 Red Bug Rd. SW (at the corner of HWY 17 northbound and Red Bug Rd.)
Brunswick Baptist Association
Bolivia – 1041 Old Ocean Hwy
Wednesdays 9am – 12pm (noon)
***By order of Governor Cooper beginning at 5pm on March 17, 2020, restaurants may only allow to-go/drive thru business. No sit-down dining allowed (this includes outdoor dining).
Mr. Bagel Meister
Free egg and cheese sandwich for all children in the car.
Leland – 1105 New Pointe Blvd. (910) 383-8383
7:30am – 2pm, while schools are closed
New Day Cafe
Kids eat free
Beleville – 497 Olde Waterford Way, Unit 100 (910) 769-9036
7am – 4pm March 16th – 20th
Big Nell’s Pit Stop
Free breakfast for school-age children
Ocean Isle Beach – 6828 Beach Drive SW (910) 579-6461
6am – 10:30am March 17th – 20th (may be extended, call for details)
Mental Health Help Lines
English and Spanish
Disaster Distress Helpline
English and Spanish
Text: TalkWithUs to 66746
The NC Baptist Aging Ministry
The DDH is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration & administered by Vibrant Emotional Health. SAMHSA tip sheets available for download include “Coping During Infectious Disease Outbreaks“ and “Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During Infectious Disease Outbreaks”
NC Department of Health & Human Services
The following local utility companies have reported the suspension of disconnection for non-payment. Contact your utility company for details of when suspension ends or any additional requirements/details.
- Duke Energy
- Brunswick Electric
- Town of Shallotte (water & sewer)
Charter to offer free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and college student households and more; click here for details
To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395; installation will be waived for new student households.
Request for Volunteers
American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina
ARC of Eastern NC has an on-going need for volunteers, with opportunities that can be completed virtually; click here to learn more.
NC Department of Health and Human Services
North Carolina Needs You – please Volunteer as a Health Care Worker
COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ
Grocery & Pharmacy
***Please note that the inclusion of information in the section is not an endorsement by Brunswick County for any of the retailers listed. Rather, this section (and the entire page as noted at the top of this page) is simply information that we have been informed of and is included here for resident awareness/ease of accessing information in one location during the ever-evolving situation due to COVID-19. Please contact Leslie Stanley by email at email@example.com to add, remove, or adjust information found on this page.
According to their corporate posting (click here), Walmart stores will adjust operating hours to 7am to 8:30pm daily (stores that normally open later than 7am will continue their regular starting hours). This will help their staff restock and clean/sanitize the store.
Additionally, on Tuesdays (from March 24th – April 28th) Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event for customers age 60 and older; this will start 1-hour before the store opens (i.e. 6am to 7am on Tuesdays); contact your local store to ensure their participation.
For specific information related to your local Walmart, we suggest calling the store (pharmacy, deli, bakery, eye center, salon, vehicle maintenance and other services within a supercenter may differ from store hours). Phone numbers for Walmart supercenters in Brunswick County are as follows:
Southport Walmart Supercenter 910-454-9909
Shallotte Walmart Supercenter 910-754-2880
Leland Walmart Supercenter 910-383-1769