Feeding Children. Fueling The Future.


1 in 5 children in New Hanover County struggle with hunger.

Our vision is to be anywhere and everywhere those hungry kids need us. NourishNC mobilizes volunteers and resources to provide supplemental food assistance to these children who might otherwise go hungry. We do this because hunger wreaks havoc on children’s mind, body, and spirit.


Our goal is to enhance children’s health and well-being by preventing the devastating consequences of child hunger.

NourishNC is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to “Provide healthy food to hungry children, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community.” Our goal is to enhance children’s health and well-being by preventing the devastating consequences of child hunger. We are committed to providing our community’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food.

Learn more about hungers disastrous effects here.

Designed for the K-5 children, The Backpack Program is for kids who struggle with hunger outside of school. These children receive 8 meals, 6 healthy snacks, milk or juice, and fresh produce every weekend. Learn more.

Nourish Boxes provides Pre-K, middle, and high school students with meal boxes, serving two different needs. One is picked up at the beginning of the month providing 4-weekends worth of meals, the other is meal boxes provided during school breaks. Learn more.

At Farmers MarKID, children receive “Nourish Bucks” to taste and shop for farm-fresh produce in a pop-up farmer’s market. Each child receives 5-15 pounds of produce and a healthy recipe book so they can prepare the food at home with their family. Learn more.

The Toddler Tummies program services children ages 1-4. Our community partners deliver 15-20 pounds of fresh produce, lean meats, eggs, and wheat bread right into the homes of our community’s most vulnerable children. Access to high-quality food is intimately intertwined with a child’s future outcomes. Learn more.

NourishNC is partnering with local pediatric offices to administer the “Food Farmacy Program.” During appointments, clinicians assess children for food insecurity. Children found to be struggling with hunger and food insecurity will be provided with a box of non-perishable food containing more than 25 strategic meals. Learn more.

Read and learn from our most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page. You’ll read about how you can help, what type of food goes in the backpacks, and where to drop off food. Learn more.