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Craven and Lenoir County food pantries.

There are several food pantries in the counties of Craven and Lenoir that residents can turn to for help. Many of them are operated by charities with some locations at churches. Clients come from all ages and backgrounds, and the food banks support the elderly as well as working poor or underemployed in the community. Services range from information on food stamps to summer snacks for children and more.

For those that are qualified, there may be a free bag of groceries passed out. The contents will vary by pantry and even by month. For example, there could be seasonal items for holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or a New Bern area food bank could have fresh fruits or dairy goods.

The centers try not to turn anyone away. But the demand is great and resources are limited, so a resident may need to try multiple locations.

Religious Community Services
New Bern, NC 28563
Main phone - (252) 633-2767
Various services are on site, ranging from a soup kitchen to food pantry. Hot meals are served 7 days per week, all year long, including special holiday meals. They also offer government food programs such as TEFAP to the very low income.

Department of Social Services - Lenoir County
130 West King Street
Kinston, North Carolina 28502
(252) 559-6400
Applications for USDA programs such as food stamps are processed.

Salvation Army pantry in Lenoir Greene
Address is 2110 North Queen Street
Kinston, NC 28501
Main phone - (252) 523-5175
Programs include Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and toys, a thrift store, and emergency food bank. The case managers can often refer people to other support too.




Greater Victory Apostolic Church
Highway 258 and Allen Road
Kinston, NC 28502
Main phone number is (252) 523-7867

Bible Church of Christ - Kinston
512 West Vernon Avenue
Kinston, North Carolina 28501
(252) 527-7739
A delivery program is for seniors and the homebound. Groceries, clothing, hygiene supplies, and non-perishable food may be provided.

Extended Hands Food Pantry
Main address is 723 Professional Drive
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 514-9469
A basket of free food is passed out a couple times per month.

Genesis 457 Community Development Corp.
Location is 2305 Neuse Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28561
(252) 633-1624
Summer food programs are run.

Word of God Christian Center Food Pantry
3310 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 672-0072
This church operates a food pantry for the Craven County community every third Saturday.

New Beginnings Outreach
Address - 518 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Kinston, North Carolina 28501
Main phone - (252) 525-9512





New Vision Outreach Worship Center
1500 West New Bern Road
Kinston, NC 28504
(252) 523-0303
Assistance includes food, medications, clothing, and Christmas toys. Fruits, vegetables, and more is for families in poverty or a crisis situation.

Saint Mark Church Ministries
1009 East Bright Street
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 523-0871

Havelock Cherry Point Ministerial Association - Outreach Ministries
925 East Main Street, Suite 20
Havelock, North Carolina 28532
The food bank covers both Cherry Point as well as Havelock North Carolina

Salvation Army of New Bern and Craven
1402 Rhem Avenue
New Bern, NC 28560
Dial - (252) 637-2277




New Bern Branch Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
205 South Glenburnie Road
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
Telephone number is (252) 514-2006
Apply for SNAP food stamps or get referrals to charities and non-profits.

For additional information, call the regional Feeding America site at 919-875-0707. There can be more referrals given to everything from soup kitchens to pantries or public food assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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