Little Red Wagon

Two children receiving food in a little red wagon

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 non-perishable donations left on porches. Donated goods are brought to NourishNC to be used in their Backpack, Market on Market and Food Farmacy 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.

Drop off Days 2024

  • January 8th
  • March 11th
  • May 6th
  • July 15th
  • September 9th
  • November 11th

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

Two children receiving food in a little red wagon
Little red wagon volunteers
Twins at the beach playing with a Little Red Wagon drink bottle
A young little red wagon volunteer

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.