Little Red Wagon

Drop off Days 2023

January 9th

March 13th

May 8th

July 10th

September 11th

November 13th

Wagon to Warehouse! Collected food can be dropped off at the NourishNC warehouse from 9:00-5:00 on the days above.

Supporting Documents

History of Little Red Wagon

The “Little Red Wagon” Program was started by a local Wilmington mother, Chase Shelton, who wanted to teach her young children the importance of giving back to their community in a tangible way. After seeing her mother start a similar program in Durham called PORCH-Durham (, she and her two sons had the idea of taking their own little red wagon door-to-door in their neighborhood to collect food donations from their friends and neighbors. This food would then be passed along to those in need of a little help. As her grandmother, Gaga, always said “if you ain’t givin’, you ain’t livin!” It was out of this spirit of community giving that The “Red Wagon” Program was born. Fast forward to 2017 and LRW and NourishNC combined forces to vastly expand the program.

NourishNC’s  “Little Red Wagon” Program is a neighborhood food collection network designed to collect and distribute food to hungry kids in our community. The program is a simple, fun, and easy way to build healthy kids and strong communities.

Six times a year, Neighborhood Coordinators walk, drive, bike, rollerblade, skip, and whistle through their neighborhoods collecting nonperishable donations left on porches. The donated goods are then brought to NourishNC to be used in their Backpack, Break Box, Toddler Tummies, Food Farmacy,  and Pantry Pals programs for children.

The “Little Red Wagon” Program is so simple…street by street, one porch at a time, we can build happy and healthy kids right here where we work, live, and play.

How It Works

Become a Neighborhood Coordinator. It just a few easy steps you can fight hunger.

1) Read the “How To” guide then call (910)465-0995 x102 to set up a quick appointment to go over questions and get you started (by phone or in person). NourishNC will provide you with street signs and door hangers.

2) Identify your neighborhood: A “neighborhood” can be whatever you want it to be: a few houses, a street, an entire neighborhood, a business, a dorm, an office park, or a church.  It’s totally up to you.

3) Get the word out: Use these Street Sheets and street signs to let people know about the program, what we need, and when you will pick it up. Please be respectful of folks who wish not to participate.

4) Pick it up and drop it off: Get your family and friends together and pick up the food. Some folks use cars others use little red wagons-whatever works for you. Then bring it to a designated drop off point at the scheduled time. BOOM! You just fed a bunch of kids.

Email  with questions or to get started right away. Read this Little Red Wagon “How to” first.