What We Do
Founded March 8, 1982, PCCS is a community resource offering a food pantry & thrift store, workforce development, community service opportunities and education programs for the citizens of Pender County. Our programs include the following:
- Healthy Pantry: We provide healthy food, diapers for children and adults, adult incontinent supplies, personal hygiene products, and discounted nutritional supplements. Our Drive Through Distribution is offered Monday through Friday beginning at 12:30pm.
- Community Food Distribution: In addition to our on-site Food Pantry, we hold a Monthly Community Food Giveaway off-site at Seven Oaks Apartments in Burgaw through the federally funded Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). We also offer a Backpack Program, working with area churches to provide backpacks filled with non-perishable food and snacks for school-age children that are at risk of going hungry on weekends and during school breaks.
- Clothing, Furniture & Household Goods: Through the PCCS Thriftique, we raise funds so that we can help others. We are blessed with donations from more than 20 of the local area churches, as well as donations from caring individuals and businesses in our community, including clothing, books, knick-knacks, glassware, dinnerware, jewelry, toys, wall decor, home goods, and more. We offer these items for free to those in need, but the general public is encouraged to shop at very minimal prices.
- Disaster & Crisis Relief: PCCS is the primary Disaster Relief Agency for Continuum of Care in Pender County. We work with a consortium of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and charitable organizations through the Pender Long Term Recovery Group to coordinate equitable distribution of resources and recovery services for those of Pender County affected by disasters. We provide first-aid supplies, cleaning products, personal care items, food, clothing, blankets, batteries. We also provide referrals to local agencies, service providers, and community organizations
- Workforce Training: PCCS provides soft-skills training through volunteer opportunities for those seeking to enter the job market and those who have been disconnected from employment due to accident or injury. We also offer community service experiences for students and those mandated by the courts.
- Education Programs: Through our partnership with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, we offer Nutrition Education and Healthy Recipes to our pantry clients. Thanks to Resourceful Communities, we have partnered with Science Alliance of Eastern North Carolina to offer Weather Science related education to students in all Pender County Elementary Schools.
- In 2022, PCCS served 19,015 families and 61,255 individuals with food, clothing and other necessities.
- Also in 2022 PCCS distributed 313,091pounds of food - equal to 263,656 meals to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
- We have launched a Capital Building Campaign to acquire a larger structure to accommodate the growing needs of our community.
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