Where to get food and water in New Hanover County
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After Hurricane Florence ripped through our area, leaving behind devastation, many are now in need of some help.
Cape Fear Community College’s downtown Wilmington campus is one of three locations where people can pick up tarps, water, and meals ready to eat free of charge.
“I think it’s a great first step, I think maybe it should have happened sooner. But I think they had to wait for the storm to go away and the rain to stop,” said John Bennette, whose home was destroyed by the storm.
New Hanover County started this program in partnership with FEMA, the Civil Air Patrol, and volunteers from General Electric.
For those who have lost everything, these distribution sites are something they desperately need.
“We got a big hole in the roof, and the whole kitchen and dining room area’s flooded, so I just need a tarp to stop the water,” said Larry Edwards, who has been staying at his girlfriend’s house after his house was damaged.
“It’s terrible out here, so many people that got nothing, they lost everything. You know, we lost our house, but we’re blessed that we can still help people and we’re alive. That’s all that matters,” said Bennette.
Besides the location at CFCC, there is a north location at the former site of the Rock Church in Castle Hayne, and a south site at Veterans Park in Wilmington.
they are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you’re planning to come to one of these pods to pick up supplies, be advised that the location in downtown Wilmington is the only location where you can walk up.
All other locations are only accessible by car, so make sure you have enough gas, because the line could be long.