How You Can Help
St. Paul’s Blessing Box is open to the public 24/7 for both those who need food and those who are able to share food.
- fruits and vegetables,
- grains and carbs,
- soups and broth,
- shelf stable milk and beverages
- Non food items:
*All pantry items must be shelf-stable, sealed, within the use/sell by date range, able to withstand high temperatures, and fit in the blessing box.
We thank you for being a blessing, and we pray you continue to find God’s blessings.
Facts on Hunger in Our Area
North Carolina is the 10th hungriest state in the country. According to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, nearly 12% (23,460) of people in Johnston County are food insecure with 16% (8,350) of those affected being children under 18.
According to an estimate by researchers at Northwestern University, food insecurity more than doubled as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting as many as 23% of households.
During the summer of 2021, Outreach asked the Brotherhood to help build a Blessing Box. Almost immediately, they had it built at no expense to the Outreach committee. Since that time, the Blessing Box has been maintained and regularly stocked thanks to generous donations from St. Paul’s Parishioners, Office Volunteers, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s, the Episcopal Church Women, and the Outreach Committee.
Our Blessing Box has also received donations from outside organizations, such as the Carolina Oak Subdivision, the Beekeepers Association of Johnston County, and Mitchell Temporary Services, as well as many other neighbors and community members.