Mother Hubbard's Cupboard operates on the generosity and support of the compassionate people and organizations in Southeastern North Carolina. Food is obtained during quarterly food drives at local grocery stores, through donations from churches, civic groups, and individuals, and with donated funds food is purchased at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and local grocery stores.

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard has no paid staff. It operates entirely through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers with a working board of directors whose members personally supervise daily management activities.

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. We can always use help! Please note that although we accept volunteers as young as 11, volunteers between the ages of 11 & 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers 15 and older may volunteer on their own. All volunteers must have a COVID-19 vaccination. Below are some of the ways our volunteers help:

  • Produce/Bakery Packers: Pack food boxes for client families, which includes an assortment of produce, dairy, and bakery items.
  • TEFAP Packing: Pack non-perishable items for client families.
  • Client Sign-In (Parking Lot): Sign-in clients in cars, collecting client household data.
  • Client Sign-in (Walk Up): Sign-in clients on foot, collecting client household data.
  • Client Shoppers: Use client household data to "shop" inside the Cupboard, and deliver to the clients on foot or to their cars. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Parking Lot Attendant: On busy days, help guide traffic in and out of the parking lot.
  • Compost Sorting: Sort out overly ripe produce and mildewed bread for compost bins.
  • Meat Distribution: Organize and distribute frozen meats and miscellaneous items.
  • Cardboard Break Down/Trash: Break-down cardboard and relocate to the recycling dumpster.
  • Miscellaneous Cart: Bring miscellaneous items from car to car for clients to select ones they can use.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the form below. Note that emails will be returned as soon as possible but because MHC is an all-volunteer organization, response times vary.

Board of Directors

  • Executive Director & Chairman - Roxann Lansdowne
  • Vice-Chair - Jane Radack
  • Secretary - Scharlotte Eby
  • Treasurer - Jan Turpin
  • Assistant Treasurer - Bev Cochran
  • Restocking Coordinator - Steve Bucci
  • Food Bank Liaison/TEFAP & Maintenance - Peter Fritz, Barney Richards and Ron Miller
  • Volunteer Emails - Jane Harshbarger
  • Donation Coordinator - Marie Cooke
  • Grants & Statistics - Kathy Wilson
  • HOP Program & Communications Support - Margaret Isaac
  • Packing & Good Shepherd Liaison - Sue Cause

Want to Volunteer?

Please be aware that Mother Hubbard's is an organization run completely by volunteers. It may take up to 3 weeks for us to process your application. Please choose the volunteer/community service that best fits your interest or needs:

  • Single person volunteer opportunities on a continuing monthly basis (most common type).
  • Large Group volunteer opportunities - ie: food drives, projects, clean up days, etc... (please be aware that we need a lead time of at least one (1) month to arrange a large group volunteer activity).
  • Court ordered, school required, scouting project, etc. community service opportunities.

Note: Wednesday Volunteer Hours: 11:15 - 3 pm, and Saturday Volunteer Hours 11:15-3 pm.

Club/School (see link below)
Court Ordered (see link below)

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. Unless otherwise noted, the only goods and services provided are tangible charitable benefits.

Mother Hubbard's is a partner agency of both United Way of the Cape Fear Area and Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina.

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