Since 1981

We help low income people live a high quality of life.

We envision a community where all people have access to an adequate and nutritious supply of food and sufficient resources to sustain themselves. BFA shall continue to be a leader in partnering with other organizations to help solve community problems.

Brunswick Family Assistance is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, who are willing to help themselves, by providing emergency assistance and educational and skills development programs.


A Private Non-Profit 501(c) (3)

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. -(Unknown)

In 1977, the Cape Fear Area Voluntary Action Center opened a branch office in Brunswick County, North Carolina. In 1981, that branch office broke away from the Voluntary Action Center and incorporated the Brunswick County Volunteer and Information Center. The agency became familiar as the “VIC” office. The purpose and scope of the agency changed over the years. VIC began offering emergency services, operated a Christmas Basket program and began distributing USDA surplus commodities. After much thought, the Board of Directors voted to change the name to better reflect the activities of the Agency. The new name, Brunswick Family Assistance Agency, Inc., also known as BFAA (now BFA), was adopted in 1996. Brunswick Family Assistance is a private non-profit agency serving low-income residents of Brunswick County. BFA is a Cape Fear Area United Way agency.

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Our Team

BFA Staff

Stephanie Bowen
Executive Director

With BFA since August 2015. Graduate of UNCW’s Social Worker Program in 2014. Mother of 2.

Tyffanie Paganello
Community Outreach Administrator

Tyffanie has a degree in Communication studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is dedicated to helping those around her. 

Jeremy Pechin
Program Manager

20 years of customer service, Enjoys helping people, with many years of management experience.

Amanda Johnson
Assistant Program Manager (Shallotte)

Amanda is passionate about helping others. She was born and raised in Ash, NC and has two loving children.

Helen “Beth” Lewis
Assistant Program Manager (Leland)

Mother of two daughters, Helen Lewis has lived in Leland all of her life and graduated from North Brunswick High School and Cape Fear Community College.

Roxanne Brown
Administration Manager

Roxanne has been in Nursing Home management for over 15 years. She brings a personal passion for helping people to her role.  She is married and has a 36 year old son.

Mary Nichols
Accounting and HR Manager
Mary “MJ” Williams
Lead Intake Worker

Mary “MJ” Williams was in the medical field for 10 years. She has been married for 18 years and has 5 children. Mary has been with BFA for several years and as Lead Intake she brings a special quality of care to both clients and co-workers.

Beth “BB” Barbour
Intake Worker

Beth is certified as a Veterinarians Assistant. Born and raised in North Carolina. Beth is passionate about leaving people with a smile on their face.

Stephanie “Pinky” Smith
Intake Worker

Pinky brings 25 years of customer service experience along with empathy, compassion, and dedication to helping others in need in our community.

William Jones, Jr.
Lead Pantry Worker

William worked in Washington DC as a firefighter and is a father of two. He brings twenty-five years of customer services experience and volunteered at Hyattsville, MD food pantry for several years. Mr. Jones is very compassionate about helping his neighbors in need.

Jennie Shurtzer
Intake Worker

Jennie is born and raised in upstate New York. She is a Chef and loves to cook and bake. Jennie loves to help children and others.

Christopher “Chris” Rivenbark
Pantry Worker (Leland)

Christopher thrives on working with others. He enjoys helping others and allowing them to show their inner strengths.

BFA Board of Directors

Susan Brandon

Chair Person

Carol Humphrey


Darlene Dies


Paul LeCompte

Board Member

Steve Long

Board Member

Rebecca Powell

Board Member

Gregory Dagoumas

Board Member

Deborah Claxton

Board Member

Paula Biser

Board Member

Joe Calla

Board Member

Tom Rieber

Board Member

Myra Chapman

Board Member

Wayne Tillman

Board Member


Financial Documents

The documents below are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Click or tap to download and read.

Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2022
2022 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2021
2021 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020
2020 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019
2019 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018
2018 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2017
2017 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2016
2016 Form 990
Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2015
2015 Form 990



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Strategic Plan

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