COVID-19 Operating Hours

COVID-19 Operating Hours: Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is committed to continuing to be a reliable resource for the food insecure in the Wilmington area, while keeping clients and volunteers safe and doing our part to slow the spread of any illness in our community. Until further notice, all clients with cars should remain in their vehicles; a MHC volunteer will come get your information and food will be delivered to your car.

Only clients without vehicles will check in outside the 315 Red Cross Door; staying at least 6 feet from each other in the line. Until further notice, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm as volunteers are available.

Volunteer Needs: If you are 65 or younger and healthy - We Need You! Please go to the Volunteer Tab and complete the volunteer form. THANK YOU!

Empty Bowls 2020 Update!

Dear Empty Bowl Ticket Holders,

The Empty Bowl 2020 Committee, as well as Mother Hubbard's Cupboard and the Good Shepherd Center, cannot thank you enough for purchasing your Empty Bowl tickets and for your patience as we waited to see what COVID had in store for our area.  

None of us could have imagined how helpful the purchase of an Empty Bowl ticket was going to be in the year 2020!

The 2020 Empty Bowl Event had already raised over $40,000 from online ticket sales and sponsors before the decision was made to postpone the event.  Mother Hubbard's and Good Shepherd were quick to put that money to work mitigating the unexpected challenges COVID introduced to the communities we serve.  As you might have guessed, the numbers of those in need has increased significantly since March.

However, one good turn deserves another (get it, like on a pottery wheel?) and we plan to set up an event as early as possible after the first of the year for you to safely pick out a bowl to have and to hold.  

And, because 2021 might seem like a long time away for many of you, we are also developing a system to use this fall that will allow a limited number of ticket holders to sign up for a time and place to safely pick out bowls. Stay tuned to our facebook ( for further information on how and when to sign up; we anticipate that there will be many dates from which to choose and the perfect amount of beautiful bowls over which to deliberate.  

Sadly, there will be no delicious soup or bread this time around.  Please remember the generous Empty Bowl restaurants below when you are sick of cooking; they have also suffered due to the quarantine.  Perhaps you can order take out and enjoy it in your Empty Bowl bowl at home! 

Please know that individually and collectively you have had a huge impact on fighting hunger and promoting well being in our community during these surreal times.  And, rest assured that your beautiful bowl will be patiently waiting for you!

Jane Radack
2020 Empty Bowl Chair

Aromas of Peru
Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Brent's Bistro
Cape Fear Seafood Co.
Carolina Ale House
Cast Iron Kitchen
Circa 1922
Copper Penny
Cousins Italian Deli
Epic Food Co.
Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn
Heironymous Seafood
Henry's Restaurant and Bar
HopLite Irish Pub
Hop's Supply Co.
Kornerstone Bistro
Lovey's Market
Milner's Cafe
Oceanic Restaurant
Pine Valley Market
Port Land Grille
Roko Italian Cuisine
Rucker Johns
Slice of LIfe
Spoonfed Kitchen & Bakery
Tidal Creek Cooperative
Hibachi to go Restaurants
Sweet and Savory
Gluten Free by The Sea
Atlanta Bread Co,
Apple Annie's 

What We Do...


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard serves those who are hungry in the Wilmington area through distribution of emergency food. This service is provided by volunteers in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.

Once a month, any needy individual or family may come to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard to receive a 3-5 day supply of groceries. People without stoves receive a smaller bag and are served weekly. Those requesting food are asked to self-declare their need.

As an all-volunteer organization, we are grateful for the support of groups and individuals in the community. View our wish list here. Donations of non-perishable food, money, and volunteer time are greatly appreciated. 

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (MHC)
(Emergency Food Pantry) is now listed on SMILE.AMAZON.COM