food DISTRIBUTION

In keeping up with the limited resources and growing needs of our city at this time we have compiled a list of resources for food in the area. If you know of any additional meals not listed on this page please email info@vigilanthope.com


If you are in need of a meal and are not eligible for school meals here are some meals available:


First Fruits: 

We have had to close the day shelter due to the limited about of people who can congregate. However, our food pantry is OPEN Wednesday and Saturday in a Drive through/walk up design. Food is pre-boxed and ready to go. 

Wednesday: 10am-2pm

Saturday: 11am-1pm


To Go Meals at 7th and Market St

Wednesday: 6pm-8pm

Sundays: 6pm-8pm


Walking Tall:

Meals are offered in the gazebo downtown on Market and Water Street

Mondays: 8am

Tuesdays: 11:30am

Wednesdays: 8am

Thursdays: 11:30am

Fridays: 8am


Saturdays 5:30pm at St Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church

12 N 6th St

Wilmington, NC 28401


New Hanover County Schools Expands Free Meal Site Locations and Adds Delivery Options to Meal Service Program

In response to the extended school closures mandated by NC Executive Order 117, New Hanover County Schools will be expanding their free meal service program. 

Lunch and breakfast for the following day must be pre-ordered, either online, through the Meals Plus app, or by phone.  Phone orders can be placed by contacting the Child Nutrition Department at 910-254-2212. The meals are available to children 18 years of age and younger, and are provided under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Child Nutrition Department. Recipients should be prepared to drive or walk up to the designated meal pick-up area. There is no space available for eating on site. Parents and caregivers will be able to pick up meals for multiple families and volunteer organizations may continue to pick up meals for delivery. 

On Monday, March 30, school meal service sites will increase from 14 to 20 schools. Additionally, the district will be providing bus delivery to 48 neighborhood sites throughout eligible areas of our community to increase accessibility. A list of bus delivery sites and times can be found here. 


List of school meal service sites effective March 30 (*new schools sites):


Edwin A. Alderman Elementary School

Bradley Creek Elementary School *

Career Readiness Academy at Mosley *

Castle Hayne Elementary School

College Park Elementary School

Forest Hills Elementary *

Rachel Freeman School of Engineering

Mary Washington Howe Pre-K Center

Johnson Pre-K Center *

Murrayville Elementary School *

New Hanover High School

Pine Valley Elementary School

Annie H. Snipes Academy of Arts & Design

Sunset Park Elementary School

Emma B. Trask Middle School (The Trask Middle School pick-up site will be temporarily relocated to Laney High School from April 1-April 13 due to power outages at Trask. Meal service will resume at Trask beginning Tuesday, April 14.)

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy: UNCW

Mary C. Williams Elementary School

Williston Middle School *

Winter Park Elementary School

Wrightsboro Elementary


Community volunteer organizations can continue to make deliveries to neighborhoods and homes. The number of meals available for pick-up at one time will be limited to 20 in order to maintain USDA and Child Nutrition guidelines. NHCS will work with volunteer organizations to coordinate multiple pick-up locations as needed. Volunteer organizations must read Safe Food Handling Guidelines, and for each meal pick-up, provide an attestation form. Documents are available on the NHCS Child Nutrition Website.

The district is very appreciative of the many volunteers and organizations such as Latino Alliance, Nourish NC, and Community Conversations’ Operation Ring & Run that have been a great help in ensuring that our students remain fed during this time. 

“On Wednesday, March 25, the district served over 5,500 meals, and over 1,500 of those meals were served by our volunteer organizations,” says Assistant Superintendent of Operations Eddie Anderson. “We will continue to work with all-volunteer organizations. By expanding this service next week, we hope to create a more sustainable program for the foreseeable future.”


New Hanover County

  • New Hanover County Schools: 11am-1pm at Alderman, Castle Hayne, College Park, DC Virgo, Howe Pre K, Mary C. Williams, New Hanover, Pine Valley, Rachel Freeman, Snipes, Sunset Park, Trask Middle, Winter Park, Wrightsboro  

    • Delivery service by the YMCA: Place call/text to (910) 515-1817 or email Hannah.Horton@ymcasenc.org  by 10am on the day delivery is requested.  Include name, address, phone number, and number of school aged kids.  

    • Delivery service by UNCW Latino Alliance: Serving these whole communities (primarily Spanish-speaking communities) with drop-off of NHCS meals, 12-12:30pm, M-F.

      • Carroll C MHC

      • Castle Hayne MHC

      • CB Rd MHC

      • Glynnwood MHC

      • Grove Park MHC

      • Hanover Landing Apartments

      • Harbour Ridge Apartments

      • Hooker Rd MHC

      • Maple Ave MHC

      • Palms MHC

      • Pines Terrace MHC

      • Ponderosa MHC

      • Royal Palms MHC

      • Colonial Village MHC

      • Flemington MHC


    • Delivery Service for NHCS by Champions for Compassion/Community Conversations. We are surveying lower income residential areas to assess needs of children for food/delivery. Please call (910)502-5850 or email info@communityconversationnhc.com to let us know 1)number of school-aged kids; 2) address 3) phone number

      • Rankin Terrace

      • Market North

      • Jervay on Covil

      • The Palms

      • Terrace MHC

      • Taylor Homes

      • Eastbrook

      • Jervay on Dawson

      • The Village on Greenfield

      • Carolina Beach

      • Wilmington Housing Authority

  • Nourish NC: Drive-thru food box distribution for 1,300 current service recipients plus others: nonperishables/meat/bread/produce; Delivering take and bake family style meals (contracted w/ Pine Valley Market) and brown bag lunches daily to the Creekwood neighborhood. Latino Alliance delivering boxes of non-perishable food to Latinx families.   

  • Restaurants offering free meals to children out of school: Sweet N Savory Cafe, Katy’s Grill and Bar, Lazy Pirate, Buzz Roost at the Beach (Carolina Beach), Mr. Bagel Meister (Leland location), Magnolia Social Cafe, Wing & Fish Company, The Grillin' Crab, and Duffers have all partnered together (Shallotte - Brunswick). Green, Lean & Clean offers delivery of meals to New Hanover & Leland (Mon. - Thurs.) & Pender & Onslow (Wed.) - delivery fee is currently half price for all and orders placed by midnight before delivery day. 

  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club: Breakfast and Lunch available Monday- Friday 11am-1pm for youth ages 5-18 at Montgomery Register Teen Center (2759 Vance St) and Houston Moore Housing Authority (1601 S. 13th St) 

  • GLOW: 11am-1pm Mon-Fri pick-up for children under 18; Daily delivery to Greenville Loop Village Trailer Park, Oak Court Apartments, Tidewater Apartments, Vesta Village, Forest Hills Apartments, and the MLK Center (see addresses and delivery times

  • Local Motive Mobile Farmers Market (Feast Down East): Regular operations suspended; Direct deliveries on 3/20, more information to come on Facebook page

  • Catholic Charities: Closing all walk-in hours. Curbside Food Pantry by appointment only on Wednesdays from 2-4pm and Fridays from 9:30-11:30am. Individuals and families can call 910-251-8130 to make an appointment. Location: 20 N. 4th St., Wilmington

  • Hawks Harvest (UNCW Food Pantry): Open this week,Thursday, 3/19.  3:00-5:15pm or by appointment, 910-792-0507. Donations needed, learn more here: https://uncw.edu/osle/hawksharvest.html

  • Senior Resource Center: Drive-thru lunch for customers who participate in congregate meal program and/or are 60+. Registered Congregate Meal Participants are encouraged to pick-up a carryout lunch M-F, 11 a.m - 1 p.m. at the SRC (2222 S. College Rd.), or M-W, 12-12:30 p.m. at the Castle Hayne location (4544 Parmele Rd., Castle Hayne). Participants are asked to call 1 day prior to reserve a meal at 910-798-6420. Home Delivered Meals Program for registered homebound participants is still in operation. 

    • The Sr. Resource Center is making deliveries for Home Delivered Meals. If someone is in need, please call 798-6400 to have an initial phone intake. We do have a waiting list but one of our social workers will connect people to resources.

  • Wilmington Farmers Market will remain open unless mandated to close; accepts SNAP/EBT & provides Fresh Bucks program for customers as well as Produce Box program ($25 worth of free produce each week given away to one or more customers) every Saturday 8am-1pm currently at Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Farmers/Vendors offering outside of market food services:

    • Changin’ Ways Farm- order online and delivered to doorstep

    • Red Tailed Farm- order online and delivered to doorstep

    • Humble Roots Farm- order online and pick up at farm stand in Scotts Hill

    • N-Sea Oyster Co.- order online and can ship or pick up in Hampstead

    • Terra Vita Farm- order via email and pick up at farm in Castle Hayne

    • Cravings the Healthy Fix- order via email and delivered to doorstep

    • Love, Lydia Bakery- order online & deliver/pick up Downtown

  • Tidal Creek Coop will remain open unless mandated to close; accepts SNAP/EBT (Will be preparing all hot bar meals for take out) 8am-9pm every day

  • Good Shepherd Center: Dining Room closed to the public. Serving free to-go meals for lunch (Monday through Friday 11am-12pm).

  • Vigilant Hope: Monday 8:30 am bagged breakfast at Lake Forest Baptist Church 1626 Lake Branch Dr., Thursday 6:15 pm bagged dinner at the Lord’s Church corner of 5th and Greenfield, Saturday 9:00 am bagged breakfast at Lake Forest Baptist Church

  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington: A searchable database that shows all Food Bank partners that are providing the service of food pantry, hot meals, shelter meals, etc. Visit www.foodbankcenc.org/find-help/food-finder/. Changes in dates and times that these agencies are open and serving is being updated in real time. 

  • Community Gardens: there are local community gardens that allow anyone to access/harvest fresh fruits/veg.  https://www.nccgp.org/garden_directory 

First Fruit Ministries: Food Services Provided for New Hanover County:Tues, Wed, Sat  (11 am - 2 pm) Food Pantry ServicesDrive up Pick Up On Sunday & Wednesday Street Meal Outreach(5:45-6:45) Prepared boxed meals passed out only