Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families of all faiths or no faith tradition, living in Pender County to participate in services.

Disaster Preparation & Recovery

Financial assistance is available to assist eligible families recovering from Hurricane Florence. To receive assistance, please contact the Cape Fear Regional Office at 910.251.8130.

Food Pantries

St. Joseph Food Pantry:

For questions about this distribution, please contact St. Joseph Catholic Church at (910) 259 – 2601.

Hours: Thursday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Catholic Charities clients from Pender County in need of food assistance are encouraged to utilize the St. Joseph Food Pantry located at 1303 Highway 117 South, Burgaw.  During food pantry hours, individuals also have access to health education, health screenings, emergency assistance, and case management services provided by Catholic Charities.

Other Direct Assistance

Emergency Utility Assistance:

  • Assistance is available to low and moderate income families who live in Duplin and Pender counties.
  • Funds are used to help families pay their utility bills as a means to prevent homelessness.
  • To access this service, call 910-251-8130 to make an appointment with a case manager.
  • Due to limited resources, all individuals and families are screened and must go through an intake process.
  • Please bring photo ID, copy of your bill, and proof of emergency at your time of appointment.

For Pender County Residents Only

To complete an Emergency Utility Assistance application electronically, download and complete this form.

To apply, please email the following documents to

  • Completed application
  • Please submit proof of income (Benefit award letter, pay stubs, letter from employer(s)
  • Most recent bill reflecting their utility usage (disconnection notices are not accepted)

Baby Items:

  • Diapers:
    • Pick Up Hours: Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Catholic Charities is the distribution site for the Lower Cape Fear Diaper Bank.  Low-income families can access 30-50 diapers once every 30 days.
  • Baby formula:
    • Availability based on donations.
    • Please call prior to arriving to determine what brands are available.

Volunteers play a very important role in the services that Catholic Charities provide. Volunteers work with poor and vulnerable families of all faith traditions, and quite a few only Speak Spanish.

To find out how you can volunteer, please call the Burgaw Office at 910-251-8130.

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