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COVID-19 Community Assistance

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 .

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.

If you have a need that you cannot find assistance for on this page, please call Brunswick County Emergency Services at 910-253-5383 (M-F 8:30am – 5:00pm) and our staff will do our best to assist you in meeting your needs. Please see the last section of this page for information on food pantries serving the community.


Are you experiencing homelessness?

For housing intake call the Coordinated Entry Hotline at 910-444-8315 (opens Monday, July 6, 2020)

Please leave a message or text if there is no answer

Assessments are done Mon – Wed – Fri 10am – 4pm (last assessment appointment at 3:30pm)

Email: 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

Coordinated Entry Hotline printable flyer


Renters Facing Eviction Due to COVID-19

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.

COVID-19 Resources

Brunswick County Public Health

Call Center Line: 910-253-2339 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Email questions/concerns:


NC Public Health Call Line

1-866-462-3821 (available 24/7)


NC 2-1-1 Program

Dial 211 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


SlowCOVIDNC App – available 9/22/2020

SlowCOVIDNC is the official COVID-19 Exposure Notification app for the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS), launching September 22, 2020. This is a free download in your app store (available for Android and Apple devices). It leverages Bluetooth technology to let app users know if they may have been exposed to COVID-19, enabling them to quickly act to protect themselves and those in their community. SlowCOVIDNC allows users to be notified if they may have been in close contact with someone who has shared that they have a  positive COVID-19 test result through the app. Users can anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result to notify others of exposure and help slow the spread of COVID-19. The app is available in English and Spanish. Visit the NCDHHS website for additional information (links below) about the SlowCOVIDNC app.

SlowCOVIDNC app information



Food Assistance Resource Guide

Access a comprehensive, local guide of resources by clicking HERE


Coping with Loss

American Red Cross Virtual Care for Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19



Access to Child Care

If you need child care for school-age children call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with options. Currently, representatives are available to assist weekdays between 8am and 5pm. Click here for more info

Si usted necesita cuidado infantil para ninos en edad escolar, llame al 1-888-600-1685 para saber opciones disponibles. Por ahora, los representatntes estan disponibles para ayudarle de Lunes a Viernes entre 8am – 5pm. Para obtener mas inormacion, haga clic aqui

Salvation Army – Angel Tree Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army applications for Angel Tree Christmas Assistance is now online. Applications are available at 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!

Corona Community

Visit to connect senior citizens and immune-deficient with volunteers in our growing service areas, who will be able to deliver meals, provide wellness checks and other services or call 919-459-5681 or 1-800-451-1054. To learn more about the program check out this short video on YouTube

We need one another, especially now.  North Carolina seniors and others at high risk of COVID-19 can request help with food & medical deliveries (including needs for pets) and wellness checks.

Call 919-459-5681 or 1-800-451-1054 or visit

Nos necesitamos unos a otros, especialmente ahora. Personas mayores/ancianos de Carolina del Norte y otras personas con alto riesgo de COVID-19 puede solicitar ayuda con comida y entregas de medicinas (including las necesidades de mascotas) y controles de bienestar.

Llamar 919-459-5681 o 1-800-451-1054 o visita


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

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: or phone: 910-253-2589

Resources for business – Click Here


Legal Resources Information

Legal Aid of North Carolina – Wilmington

272 N Front St #220

Wilmington, NC 28401


Legal Aid NC is providing a series of Free Disaster Recovery Information Sessions in August, September & October:

  • Accessing Recovery Funds: August 25th @ 12pm and August 26th @ 6pm
  • Clarifying Home Ownership During Disaster Recovery: September 22nd @ 12pm and  September 23rd @ 6pm
  • Estate Planning for Disaster Recovery: October 20th @ 12pm and October 21st at 6pm

Registration is not required to join via conference call. To view the information via webinar, registration is required. For conference line/registration info CLICK HERE.

Legal Aid NC – Video: COVID-19 & the Law

COVID-19 Unemployment Flyer (English & Spanish)


Department of Justice: Elder Justice Initiative

If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, rport it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling 1-866-720-5721 or email

National Elder Fraud Hotline 1-833-372-8311 (available daily 6am to 11pm est)

To learn more about DOJ Elder Justice, CLICK HERE


COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ

NC State: food safety flyer

NC State Extension: food safety (website)



Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition

Brunswick County Schools

The curbside student Summer Meal Program will change starting September 21st when the students return to in-person learning.

Visit the Brunswick County Schools website HERE for the latest information on how meal service will work for the rest of this semester.


Matthew’s Ministry – Backpack Program

Matthew’s Ministry is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to ending childhood hunger. They currently provide food for children at 12 schools in Brunswick County. If you need to enroll your child, call 910-713-2043 or visit their Facebook page for more info:


Request for Donations

Matthews Ministry

If you would like to donate food items for the Matthews Ministry Backpack Program, below is a list of items put in every bag and could be donated:

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
Pasta and Ramen noodles
Canned pasta sauce

Then, we add at least two bonus items( peanut butter and jelly , rice , applesauce, cereal etc).  No glass items.  If your church , neighborhood, civic group , family wants to help now you can collect these items and have bags ready to go. When you have a set number of bags packed then email us at and we will tell you where they need to go.  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 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 pick it up.


Brunswick Arts Council – Supplies for Masks Needed

Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) and fabric artists are firing up their sewing machines to make face masks for emergency responders and front line service medical staff to help make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies last longer. The masks are donated for FREE to medical providers and others on the front line response to COVID-19.

You can help in this effort in a variety of ways:

  • Donate fabric (must be 100% cotton)
  • Donate 1/4″ elastic or 2mm elastic paracord or seam/bias tape
  • Donate thread (cotton or all purpose – any color)
  • Donate or lend a sewing machine (there are sewers ready to work that don’t have machines)
  • Donate Cash

For more information please visit the BAC website at or contact Mary Beth at 910-448-1016 or


Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. – Needs Food

BSRI is working tirelessly to feed seniors in Brunswick County. In order to continue this effort, they are in need of food to restock their food pantry and to fill boxes being distributed.  To find out what items BSRI needs and where/how/when to drop-off donations, please call BSRI at 910-754-2300



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 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 (  )

Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT)

P-EBT provides a benefit on an EBT card to North Carolina families whose children have access to free and reduced lunch at school. The P-EBT program is a collaboration between the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is intended to help families during school closures.  All families with one or more children, under age 18, in their household who normally have access to free and reduced lunch at school are eligible for P-EBT benefits. Due to school closures caused by COVID-19 peandemic, these households are now eligible to receive a benefit on an EBT card to help them buy food for their children.

FAQ related to P-EBT 

Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA)

  1. 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 Monday – Friday 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm. BFA Food Pantry Locations:
    • Leland – 324-1 Village Road
    • Shallotte – 4600-8 Main Street
  2. 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+)
    • Apply online by clicking here

**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.


Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI)

Stay updated at


Curbside Meals at Centers for Ages 60+

Mondays Only, starting 3/30/2020 Time varies by center.

New Participants Must RSVP.


Calabash Center 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467

(910) 754-7427

11:30 am-12:30 pm


Shallotte Center

3620 Express Drive

Shallotte NC, 28470

(910) 754-2300

11:30 am-12:30 pm


Supply Center

101 Stone Chimney Drive Supply, NC 28462

(910) 754-7604

11:30 am-12:30 pm


Southport Center

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1,

Southport, NC 28461

(910) 754-7109



Leland Center

121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451

(910) 754-2889

11:30 am-12:30 pm


Ash Site

Tuesdays Only starting 4/14/2020

5859 Waccamaw School Road Ash, NC 28420

(910) 754-2300

11:30 am-12:30 pm


Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site Mondays Only

Community Center Senior Site 1 Leeds Rd.

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461 910-363-0018

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Site managed by BSL Parks & Rec (Nutrition Program sponsored by BSRI)


Home Delivered Meals for Ages 60+

Tuesday and Thursday deliveries (2 hot and 3 frozen)

Must meet eligibility guidelines

New participants call the case manager at the center closest to you.


Calabash Leland
René Tarquinio Sandy Porcaro
(910) 754-6224 (910) 754-3658
Shallotte Southport
Vikki Hine Casey Freed
(910) 754-5097 (910) 754-4106
Supply Director of Case Mgmt.
Tikila Morgan Jennifer Sherman
(910) 754-8450 (910) 754-6297


BSRI Food Pantry

By Delivery & Appt. Only for 60+

Tammie Mullis, Shallotte Center, (910) 754-2300

Mallory Balice, Leland Center, (910) 754-7701

Jackie Knott, Southport Center, (910) 754-7109


Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. – Needs Food

BSRI is working tirelessly to feed seniors in Brunswick County. In order to continue this effort, they are in need of food to restock their food pantry and to fill boxes being distributed.  To find out what items BSRI needs and where/how/when to drop-off donations, please call BSRI at 910-754-2300


Diaper Banks

Brunswick Baptist Association

Bolivia – 1041 Old Ocean Hwy

Wednesdays 9am – 12pm (noon)




New Hope clinic is a non-profit organization providing medical, dental and pharmacy services for uninsured adult residents of Brunswick County with low or no income. Individuals who have lost their job or whose hours have been reduced and who do not qualify for health insurance, full Medicaid, Medicare or Veteran’s Medical benefits can find more information at or call (910) 845-5333 to learn how to qualify.



Mental Health Help Lines


24hr availability

English and Spanish


Trillium Website Link

Disaster Distress Helpline

24hr availability

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

COVID-19: Managing Your Overall Health




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

click here for details

TERMS How To Register to Help


Blood Drives

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there is a critical need for blood Please schedule an appointment to donate

Learn about Coronavirus and the American Red Cross safety protocols



CLICK HERE to see available appointment dates/times in April for the American Red Cross Wilmington Blood Donation Center located at 1102 South 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 (appointments are required). For additional information, call the American Red Cross Cross Blood Donation Center in Wilmington at 910-762-2683 (ARC Cape Fear Chapter).


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 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

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


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



Towncreek Vision

Leland – 215 Sunnbrook Way

Thursdays 10am – 12pm



Word of Life Outreach

Leland – 9781 A Blackwell Rd. SE

Monday – Friday 11am – 6:30pm


Countywide CDC

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


The Lord’s Food Pantry – Camp United Methodist Church

Shallotte – 4807 Main St.

Saturdays from 10:am-Noon

Drive-thru Service

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



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



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) 253-5383
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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