Awesome Kid-Centric Nonprofits That You Should Support!

Do you want to ensure that our community has strong, happy, healthy children? Do you want to support nonprofits that do this work every day? Well then, check out this list of kid-centric organizations that would love to have you on their team this holiday season and beyond. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the wonderful kid-focused nonprofits in our area. These are organizations that NourishNC is fortunate enough to have a working relationship with.

download (2)NourishNC: NourishNC provides healthy food to hungry children, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community.  School breaks are tough for our kids. Without free breakfast and lunch many kids and their families depend on our “Break Boxes.” Our holiday break box will ensure every child receives 3 meals a day, milk, juice, snacks, and fresh produce for the entire holiday break. Our kids will also get a stocking stuffed with toys, toiletries, hats, gloves, socks, treats, and school supplies! Pretty cool, right? We think so too.

You can sponsor a holiday break box for a child in your community right here, right now.


brcBlue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence: The BRC operates under the mission of connecting youth with pathways to success. Their overarching goal is to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty in our community by increasing self-sufficiency, social cohesion, collective efficacy, and economic stability through youth violence reduction, positive social development, and positive youth development activities.

You can “Brighten the Holidays for a Family in Need” (by Dec. 9) or make a general donation here


brigadeBrigade Boys and Girls Club: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

Help them with their Stocking Drive (by Dec 8), purchase something off their Wish List, donate and find out more here


dreamsDREAMS of Wilmington, Inc: DREAMS is dedicated to building creative, committed citizens, one child at a time, through providing youth in need with high-quality, free-of-charge programming in the literary, visual, multimedia and performing arts.

Support a class here. Find out more and donate here


kids-making-itKids Making It: KMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on woodworking mentoring programs for at-risk youth. Their mission is to reduce juvenile delinquency and help all youth served stay in school, graduate, and transition successfully into college or the workplace as responsible adults.

Check out their Pancake Breakfast on December 10th. Find out more and donate here


coastalOpen House Youth Shelter of Coastal Horizons: Open House is a 24-hour access, 9-bed emergency shelter for displaced youth adolescents in our community. Open House provides a positive peer community and encourages youth’s personal growth through skill building and counseling, providing for basic food, clothing and shelter needs, as well as long-term residential services.

Mail a “fun day out” gift card (Mayfaire Cinema, Jungle Rapids, Jelly Beans, Defy Gravity, NC Aquarium etc) to Coastal Horizons Center, Inc 615 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28412. Find out more and donate here

Our vision is to be anywhere and everywhere hungry kids need us

NourishNC has three strategic programs specifically designed to provide nutritious food to hungry children in our community.

Click here to learn more about our Backpack Program

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program provides food insecure children, pre-K through 5th grade, with three nutritious meals a day, every weekend, and over every school break.

Click here to learn more about Market On Market program

Market On Market

The Market on Market (The MoM) is a full-service grocery store where food insecure children, pre-K through 12th grade, and their families can shop to choose the food that is best for them.

Click here to learn more about our Food Farmacy program

Food Farmacy

The Food Farmacy Program provides non-perishable and fresh food items through partner organizations such as schools, pediatrician offices, and other nonprofits.