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FAQ (frequently asked questions)

Our Mission

If you would like to have a representative from Mother Hubbard's Cupboard speak to your organization, please contact us at info@MotherHubbardsNC.org

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is a non-profit, non-faith-based, all-volunteer organization, established in 1985. We serve those who are hungry in the Wilmington area through distribution of emergency food. This service is provided by volunteers in partnership with federal and state agencies, community organizations and businesses, without discrimination, and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served.

Our Non-Discrimination Statement

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard will not engage in discrimination, in the provision of service, against any person because of race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

An abundance of kindness from everyone helping here: cheerful and grateful to be giving, it seems, to no end! I consider it as a hidden gem to people that don’t know. I struggle to pay rent as I’m on a fixed income, and I’d not eat for some weeks, if not for these wonderful folks. I am grateful for your service. No judgement zone friendly folks and a good amount of food.

What kinds of food do Clients receive from the Cupboard and how often

  • Once a month, any needy individual or family may come to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard to receive a 3-5 day supply of groceries (meant to be emergency food). People without stoves receive a smaller amount of food and are served weekly. Those requesting food self-declare their need. Clients include local people who are in need of assistance. Special Services are available to address toiletry, diabetic, and infant needs.

  • Cupboard Clients generally receive both shelf-stable and frozen groceries. A portion of the food provided to Clients comes from Community donations, and the remainder comes from a Federal Government Program called The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is a part of the US Department of Agriculture, funded by the Farm Bill.

  • Unfortunately Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is not able to deliver food to you at this time. A Client must either come to the Cupboard location at 315 Redcross St. in downtown Wilmington or (for house bound Clients) send a representative to pick up their food.

Where is Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Located

  • The Cupboard is located at 315 Redcross St. in downtown Wilmington, NC. See the clickable map below.

How often can a Client come to the Cupboard

  • Clients with access to working appliances may come to the Cupboard to get food once per calendar month. For example, someone who came to the Cupboard on August 31 could officially come again the very next day on September 1, after which, that Client could not come again until Oct.1.  Clients can expect to receive from 3-5+ days worth of food per visit. 

  • Clients without stoves to cook on, or refrigerators can come to the Cupboard once per calendar week; these clients get a reduced amount of food on each visit, typically enough to last 1-2 days.

What forms will we ask you to fill out

  • Both forms that you will need to fill out will be present along with pencils and clipboards (and Now Serving Numbers) on the two tables in the front of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

  • No special Agency Referrals are required to receive food at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. A Client's need is self-declared.

  • The first time that the Cupboard provides food for a person we ask you to fill out a NEW CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to give us information about who is in your family. This information is stored in our computer system, so we will have it the next time you come in. For example, if your initial visit to the Cupboard is to get food for you and your child, we need you to fill out the NEW CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to give us information about you and your child.

  • If your household information changes (ie: you've moved or the members of your family have changed), we ask that you again fill out the NEW CLIENT INFORMATION FORM, giving us information only about the Head of Household and any new information to be added to or changed in your computer file. You will not need to fill out information about family members that we already have in the computer.

  • The government TEFAP Program requires that the client fill out a short application AT EVERY VISIT. An ID is not required to receive TEFAP food. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Therefore, when you come to the Cupboard for subsequent visits, and you tell us that your household has not changed, then only the government TEFAP form will need to be filled out. You will not need to fill out a NEW CLIENT INFORMATION FORM again.

Where should Cupboard Clients park

  • There is parking on the 3rd St. side of the 315 Redcross St. Location. See the above map.

When is the Cupboard open

  • Mother Hubbard's is Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 - 3 pm.

  • Mother Hubbard's is Closed on the Following Dates :  Martin Luther King Monday in January, 2nd Saturday in April (Azalea Festival), Memorial Day Monday, July 4th, Labor Day Monday, November 10th, Thanksgiving Thursday, Thanksgiving Friday, December 25th, December 26th and January 1st.  Typically, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard closes when New Hanover County Schools close due to inclement weather.  However, we do try to stay open before, and open up as soon as possible after hurricanes and snow/ice storms.  When in doubt, please call 910-762-2199 to get up to date information on closing.

When can I bring donated food to the Cupboard and what should I bring

  • See the DONATE section above

How can I volunteer


  • Unfortunately, the Cupboard has no Public Restrooms. However, Public Restrooms are available at the Main Branch of the New Hanover County Public Library on 2nd St. and at Service Stations near the Cupboard.