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: Volunteers pack boxes for client families of 1-3, and 4+ with an assortment of produce, dairy products, and bakery items.
  • TEFAP Packing: Volunteers pack non-perishable items for families of 1-3 and 4+
  • Client Sign In (Parking Lot): Volunteers wear masks and go from car to car in the parking lot and fill datasheet about the client's household.
  • Client Shoppers: Volunteers wear masks and use client household data to "shop" inside the cupboard and deliver all items to the client's car or to clients on foot outside. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Parking Lot Attendant: On busy days, a volunteer helps guide the traffic in and out of the parking lot.
  • Compost sorting: Volunteers sort out overly ripe produce and mildewed bread for compost bins.
  • Meat: Volunteers organize and add frozen meats and misc. items to pre-packed TEFAP boxes.
  • Client Sign-in (Walk Up): Volunteers wear masks and sign in clients on foot outside the red cross door, filling in data about the client's household.
  • Cardboard Break Down/trash: Volunteers break down cardboard and bring it to the dumpster in the back.
  • Miscellaneous Cart: A volunteer brings miscellaneous items outside from car to car for clients to choose from.

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 a 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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