FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2020
CONTACT: Stephanie Bowen, Executive Director –
Brunswick Family Assistance Increases Allowed Pantry Visits
BRUNSWICK COUNTY – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) is seeing an increased need for food services throughout the county. With businesses closing to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19, more people are out of work and are needing food services than normal. BFA will continue to ensure the community’s needs are taken care of by providing food distribution and other services.
“Not only are the intake staff seeing a large number of newly unemployed clients, but also a large number of families that are running out of food before the end of the month.” Said Stephanie Bowen, BFA Executive Director. “BFA’s mission is to provide assistance to those in crisis and, right now, our entire community is experiencing a crisis.”
On March 31st, 2020 the BFA Executive Committee met to discuss further means to serve the community. The Executive Committee voted to increase the number of allowed pantry visits from once to twice (2 times) per month. This effort is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and serves to ensure that no family goes hungry in the county.
Financial contributions are safer for the community than food donations due to the potential spread of Covid-19. Donations can be made on BFA’s website https://brunswickfamily.org/ or by check made out to Brunswick Family Assistance and mailed to P.O. Box 1551, Shallotte, NC 28459. Donations of any kind are appreciated and will go a long way towards ensuring the needs of the community are met for the foreseeable future.
While BFA offices have been closed to the public since March 15th after an abundance of caution for the community and staff, staff is still on site and ready to assist the community. BFA services have not been impacted by the closing of the offices to the public. Those in need of assistance are encouraged to call BFA at 910-754-4766 for the Shallotte office or 910-408-1700 for the Leland Office to set up appointments for pantry visits and other assistance services.
BFA’s Executive Committee continues to meet twice a week to evaluate operations and make changes accordingly.