Brunswick Family Assistance has many programs in place to assist the members of our community! Immediately below you will find a list of our ongoing programs followed by program events from our calendar! Feel free to contact us for more information on any of these programs!
Financial Literacy Program
The Financial Literacy Program consists of two modules taken from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Money Smart Financial Education Program. Each class module is 90 minutes and classes will be available in Spanish. The classes will be taught by representatives from eleven different financial institutions in the county, the Literacy Council, and AMEZ Housing in Wilmington.
The purpose of the program is to help participants learn how to manage and make smart choices with their money, to set financial goals, and to establish a pathway for financial understanding. Participants will learn how to track their income and expenses, set spending priorities, and develop a household budget.
These classes will be offered to all BFA clients. Classes in Shallotte will be held at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, and in Sunset Beach at Seaside United Methodist Church. Classes will also be held in Southport at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and in Leland at Closer Walk Church on a rolling two month schedule for clients living in those areas. Clients who complete both modules will receive a $35 energy credit towards their bill.
The development of the Financial Literacy Program was the result of the teamwork, collaboration, and partnership among many parties. BFA would like to extend it’s thanks to the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Team and the Brunswick County Literacy Council for developing the course content and acquiring the services of many of the financial institutions to teach the classes.
The Financial Literacy Program goes to the core of BFA’s mission of helping those in financial crisis who are willing to help themselves by providing emergency assistance. By learning financial and money management tips and strategies, we are hopeful our clients will be able to strengthen their family financial situation. We believe this program will be a win-win for all involved: BFA clients, our community, and financial institutions.
Please call BFA at (910) 754-4766 to see when classes will be available in your area.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) “Commodities” is a Federal program through the US Department of Agriculture. (USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.) The program helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including the elderly, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to states to supplement the diets of these groups.
BFA distributes commodities every quarter (4 times a year) at the Brunswick Beacon. Our 2019 dates are as follows:
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Brunswick County residents who meet 200% of the federal poverty guideline are eligible. All food stamp recipients are eligible but it is not required that you currently be receiving food stamps or EBT in order to qualify for the commodities distribution.
Clients picking up their commodities must follow the route highlighted below to maintain safe traffic flow.
Please follow all police, fire and volunteer traffic directors to ensure a safe and orderly distribution. There is no parking available at the Brunswick Beacon.
Line up in the BFA/Big Lots parking lot, 4600 Main St., Shallotte, NC. When directed, turn right onto Main St. Continue down Main St. to Shallotte Avenue; turn right. Turn right onto Randall St. Continue down Randall to Bailey Street; turn right. Travel to Smith Avenue. Turn right when directed to the Brunswick Beacon by Traffic Personnel.
At all times please follow the directions of the traffic control personnel stationed along the route. Upon exiting the Brunswick Beacon you must turn right onto Smith Ave. (no left turns will be permitted). Clients should not attempt to turn left into the distribution center from Smith Ave. Please refer to the map.
New Hope Clinic
Brunswick Family Assistance and New Hope Clinic partnering to improve access to services
Brunswick County is Big! Our beautiful county is the third largest in the state of North Carolina! To help with some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community more easily access services Brunswick Family Assistance Agency and New Hope Clinic have partnered together. Individuals who want to apply for New Hope Clinic may now submit their applications and supporting documents at the Brunswick Family Assistance office located at 4600-10 Main Street (Big Lots Shopping Center), Shallotte.
B4B: Businesses for Brunswick Family Assistance
Your business or organization can participate as a partner in B4B: Businesses for Brunswick Family Assistance. Partnership levels range from Platinum at $1,000 to Bronze at $100. As a B4B partner, your business/organization will be listed on our webpage and with other sponsors in our events programs. For full details see our B4B Page or call us at 754-4766.
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