​​NC State Refugee Program Advisory Council

Legal Aid
607 Broad Street
New Berm, NC 28560
(252) 637-9502

Website: https://www.legalaidnc.org/public/learn/offices/new-bern/default.aspx

Legal Aid

Religious Community Services (RCS)
919 George Street
New Bern, NC 28560


     Food and Clothing Assistance/Call Damian Judd at 633-2767/11:00am-12:30pm | Monday – Friday
     Financial, Prescription & Transportation Assistance/8:00am-1:30pm/Monday – Friday
     Soup Kitchen/10:30am-11:45am Monday – Saturday and 8:30am-9:45am on Sunday

     Homeless Shelter- Call Lynn Anderson at 633-1887/ Open 24 hours 7 days a week

Website: http://www.rcsnewbern.com/

Our primary programs include the Soup Kitchen, Clothing Closet and Homeless Shelter, but we have many other thriving programs that help nourish the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We offer many opportunities and welcome volunteer and monetary support for the following programs:

Clothing Closet: A large selection of donated, seasonal clothing is available for people of all ages and sizes. Clothing assistance is provided Monday – Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Volunteers are needed to help sort through clothes as they are donated to separate into seasons and sizes.

Disaster Relief and Recover: Families impacted by disasters can receive assistance in their recovery. We provide “starter kits” that include, but are not limited to: bedding (sheets, quilts, towels), utensils and dishware, canned goods, baby items (if needed), some furniture.

Financial Assistance: Aid is given to families who are past-due with their rent and utilities. We do require those who are in need to meet with a staff member to provide the documentation needed for assistance.

Food Pantry: Our Food Pantry is stocked through food drives and donations. Families in need can receive 1-week’s food for at-home preparation. Last year, we provided 185,388 meals to families in need. We always need food for our Pantry. Summer months are typically slower donation months, so we encourage private food drives as well as participation in ones we have scheduled for a more balanced stock of food throughout the year.

Food Recovery Program: Our volunteer drivers pick up perishable goods from local grocery stores, restaurants and events. If you know of someone in the grocery or restaurant business and/or have an event with a lot of leftover food, please contact us; we have a skilled kitchen staff who can be creative in food prep. We are also in need of drivers to pickup donations throughout the week.

Homeless Shelter: We operate a 20-bed shelter for homeless families and individuals. Last year, over 200 individuals stayed at our shelter including men, women and children. Our beds were full every night for nearly 300 days. We work with many local programs and agencies in helping our guests achieve self-sufficiency. We are in need of toiletry items for our guests as well as clean linens and towels.

Shelter Dinners: Volunteers prepare meals to share as a way to nourish the physical and spiritual well-being of our shelter guests. Our volunteers prepare meals off-site and bring in to our guests on a regular or one-time basis. Many stay to visit with the guests for dinner and others bring meals ready to serve without staying. Please check our volunteer calendar to see if there is an evening that would work with your schedule and consider bringing in dinner for 20. This is a wonderful opportunity for a volunteer group.

Soup Kitchen: A nutritious meal is provided every day, including holidays. The ECU School of Nursing provides basic health screenings for guests of the Soup Kitchen. Last year we served nearly 63,000 meals! We have volunteers of all ages helping in the Soup Kitchen; it is one of the most rewarding opportunities we offer. Check out our volunteer calendar if you would like to schedule a time to volunteer in the kitchen.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program: TEFAP provides USDA food commodities once each quarter for families of Craven County who live at or below the poverty level.

Transportation & Prescription Assistance: Vouchers are available upon arrival.

Warehouse Distribution: We accept food, clothing and household items at our warehouse daily. These items are distributed to those in need as required. Items frequently needed include canned goods; baby diapers, formula and food; school supplies; toiletries; clothes for all ages; coats; linens and towels (new or gently used); tables and chairs.

Clothing Banks

Word of God Christian Center Food Pantry
3310 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 672-0072

Services: This church operates a food pantry every third Saturday of the month.

Hours: Every Third Saturday of the Month, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry,  Religious Community Services
P.O. Box 704
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 633-2767

Services: Religious Community Services provides a soup kitchen, food pantry, and emergency food assistance.

The Soup Kitchen serves a hot meal 7 days a week, 364 days each year The Soup Kitchen is open Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Documents To Bring: Someone requesting food must present a picture ID, their DOB and SSN. Without proper identification they can still receive enough food for one day. On the first visit to the food pantry you will see a caseworker who will assist you. Once proper identification has been presented, the person or family will receive enough food to feed the household three meals a day for one week. They may return once every three months, more with special approval.
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, New Bern Branch
205 South Glenburnie Road
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 514-2006

Services: This agency operates a food bank and numerous food pantries It also provides assistance with applying to Food and Nutrition Services (FNS, formerly Food Stamps).

Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; as required

Documents To Bring: Contact for Specifics.

Extended Hands
723 Professional Drive
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 514-9469

Food Bank: Anyone who is in need of food assistance may receive a basked of food free of charge

Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:a.m. - 2:00 p.m./Friday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./Sunday by appointment

Eligibility: You must be able to show official ID with name and address.

Documents To Bring: Referrals from Social services, Food Bank of NC, Churches, walk-ins, by phone.

Food Pantries

New Bern​

Craven County Health Department
2818 Neuse Boulevard
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 636-4920
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:00
Website: Craven County Health Department

Health Deparments