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3rd Annual 4-H Food Drive Caring HEARTS, Helping HANDS

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Hands making a heart shape

March1 through March 31, 2023

Join New Hanover County 4-H with our 3rd Annual 4-H Food Drive Caring Hearts, Helping Hands service project to provide assistance to families throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

We are excited to partner with Lowes Foods at Monkey Junction in our community service project this year. Lowes Foods at Monkey Junction is an official food drive drop-off site. Selected canned items for purchase will be offered to donate OR you  can purchase additional items to donate for Caring HEARTS Helping HANDS project.

Did You Know?
– Every day hunger disrupts the lives of 1 in 5 children in North Carolina.

More than 756,000 residents across central and eastern North Carolina go hungry everyday.

– In 2021, over 81 million meals were distributed to residents across the thirty-four counties, which comprise the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina regions.

– Between March and June 2021, roughly 4 out of 10 people visited food banks that had never received food assistance before the pandemic.

Donate the following:
Non-perishable foods; hygiene items; household items; paper products; infant & kid items.

Click on LIST OF ITEMS to view what can be donated

Click on 4-H Food Drive Caring Hearts, Help Hands (flyer) for dates and locations (posted soon)

Drop off locations (March 1-31, 2023):

  • N.C. Cooperative Extension of New Hanover County
    6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington
  • Lowes Foods at Monkey Junction
    5309 Carolina Beach Road #1, Wilmington
  • Tad’s Barber Shop
    4007 Oleander Drive, Wilmington
  • New Hanover County Library 
    Pleasure Island Branch
    1401 N Lake Park Blvd #72, Carolina Beach
    Pine Valley Branch
    3802 College Road, Wilmington
    Northeast (Military Cutoff) Branch
    1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington
    Main Branch
    201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington

Drive-Thru Drop-off on March 11, 2023

N.C. Cooperative Extension at the Arboretum
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Manned Donation Station on March 25, 2023

The Wilmington Farmers Market @ Tidal Creek
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Accepting non-perishable items and fresh vegetables

Monetary donations can be made in several ways:

1) Stop by the New Hanover County Extension & Arboretum
2) Mail your check to New Hanover County 4-H making checks payable to Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
3) Drop off your check or cash either on March 11th or March 25th

A huge THANK YOU to our partners for their support as a drop off location!

Thank you for your support in our efforts to help our neighbors!

For more information on how to participate, contact New Hanover County 4-H at 910-798-7660.

Photos from 2022

“Caring Hearts Helping Hands” Food Drive

Ms. Sandy & Lydia collecting food donations for the Food Drive at Tidal Creek Farmers Market

Phoebe and River organizing the donated food.

Grayson and Lydia collecting food donations from generous vendors at Tidal Creek Farmers Market.

New Hanover County 4-Her’s collecting fresh produce from local produce vendor at Tidal Creek Farmers Market.

4-Her’s Quinn & Sailor welcoming those who drop off food donations.

New Hanover County 4-Her’s and 4-H Volunteers pose for a photo during their time at food drop off.

A successful day at the food drop off! Thank you Tidal Creek Farmers Market for letting 4-H be part of your day.

A total of 1,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC during New Hanover County 4-H’s “Caring HEARTS Helping HANDS” food drive.

Photos from 2021

“Caring Hearts Helping Hands” Food Drive