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Free food banks in Wilmington and New Hanover County NC.

The Wilmington North Carolina region is supported by a number of food banks that provide groceries, clothing, meals, and free food to individuals who need assistance in the community. Many of the pantries near you in New Hanover County are operated by or located within local churches, however others are operated by local non-profit charity as well as government type organizations. Find where to get free groceries today as well as a referral number at the bottom of the page for more free food programs.

Some of the items distributed by the Wilmington and New Hanover County food banks include perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, and breads. Other sites will offer the clients applications to public aid, such as SNAP or USDA commodities. Or people can stop by for free, emergency food boxes. The hours of the centers, churches, and food pantries are limited, and unfortunately they usually do not have enough resources to help everyone in need.

Full Circle Ministry
Address: 445 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
Dial - (910) 352-2830

Straightway Ministries
Location - 3705 US Highway 421 North
Wilmington, NC 28401
Call (910) 371-0111 for information on when free food is distributed.

Gateway Church
Address - 4815 Wrightsville Avenue
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 791-4611
Offers meals, counseling, guidance, and other aid to the low income and needy in New Hanover County.

Myrtle Grove
Address: 7547 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Telephone number - (910)-392-9180
In addition to free food from the pantry, low income families can also be provided holiday meals, including at Christmas or Thanksgiving.




Tileston Outreach
Location - 412 Ann Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Dial (910) 762-5491 x35
Various social services are offered. Receive meals, food, and groceries. Also learn about programs for bills and basic needs, such as low income energy (LIHEAP) and homeless prevention programs. They also provide food for diabetics.

Bethany Presbyterian Church
Church food bank address - 2237 Castle Hayne Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Call (910) 762-7824

Catholic Social Ministries
4006 Princess Place Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Dial (910) 251-8130
Provides case management, food pantry, and access to a thrift store, meals, shelter, and more.

First Fruit Ministries
Location is 2750 Vance Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
Phone - (910) 794-9353

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
Address of pantry - 315 Red Cross St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number - (910) 762-2199
New Hanover families can seek free boxes of groceries, paper products, hygiene supplies, and a box of food. There may be baby formula as well as home delivery of meals for the homebound.

Bethesda Christian Life Church
506 North 4th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Phone number - (910) 343-0707





New Covenant Holiness Church
1102 Dawson Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-7376

The Love Center Church
Food bank 615 South 15th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Main telephone - (910) 815-0669
Referrals are given. Clients can learn about SNAP food stamp application sites, Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and even places for clothing or holiday food.

The Rock of Wilmington
5301 Sidbury Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
(910) 602-5300
Call for information, guidance, and emergency food boxes.

Help Center of Federal Point
Carolina Beach Recreation Center
1121B North Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-2777
The charity only supports Kure and Carolina Beach.

The Lord's Church
Address is 1502 East Lake Shore Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone number - (910) 762-5797
Healthy, perishable food is combined with canned items for the less fortunate in New Hanover.

Wrightsboro United Methodist Church
Location - 3300 North Kerr Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28405
Main number to dial for assistance is (910) 762-2583

Helping Hands, St. Stanislaus Church
4849 Castle Hayne Road
Castle Hayne, North Carolina 28429
(910) 452-6361
Offers assistance programs to the homeless, low income, and others, regardless of religion. Stop by for food, information on local charities, and even details on government programs such as food stamps.

Help Center of Federal Point
Address - 1121 North Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-9339
Programs can help people pay utilities, rent, medical expenses, and also provide meals and food. Also some assistance may be offered around the holidays for meals or gifts for children.

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington
The food bank is located at 1314 Marstellar Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28402
(910) 251-1465
This center provides food and resources to local churches, charities and food pantries across New Hanover County. Those locations directly distribute the aid. You can call the food bank for more information or referrals.





Second Helpings
811 Martin Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Phone number - (910) 763-4424
The charity has a pantry and soup kitchen. Free Christmas or holiday meals are for the working poor as well as they can access the food bank.

The Fisherman Church
314 South Carolina Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28401
Telephone number - (910) 763-6222
A soup kitchen. Breakfast is served to the homeless and people living in poverty.

Harbor United Methodist Church
Main address: 4853 Masonboro Loop Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28409
(910) 452-7702
They support anyone in need. Immigrants, the elderly, and others can use the free food pantry.

Jesus Ministries Church and Outreach
6763 Market Street #D
Wilmington, NC 28405
Dial the center at (910) 791-7002
A leading non-profit. A food pantry has rice, meats, and canned goods. There are also household supplies, clothing, school supplies for students, and more.

Additional free food in Wilmington NC area near you

For more information, call 910.485.8809. The eastern North Carolina area, and Hanover County, is supported by other food pantries and soup kitchens. Or families living in poverty can learn where to apply for SNAP food stamps, seniors can enroll into Meals on Wheels, and gain other support.

By Jon McNamara











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