Beach Food Pantry : Mission & History

The Vision of the Beach Food Pantry (BFP) is to eliminate food insecurity for those living and working in Dare County.


Our Mission is: Feeding bellies. Filling Hearts. We partner with our donors and community to provide access to nutritional food, ensuring that no one worries about where their next meal will come from.    




Values: The shared beliefs that underlie our work 


History and other important facts:

The Beach Food Pantry (BFP) was organized by a few local religious organizations in 1989. In 1992, the BFP incorporated. In 2004, we became an IRS Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the years, the BFP has been located at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity in Nags Head; the Emergency Medical Services station in Kill Devil Hills; Southern Shores; and various locations in Kitty Hawk. In January 2016, we moved to our new permanent home at 4007 North Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk.

The BFP is a professionally-run organization, with an Excutive Director at the helm of daily operations, and the supervision and guidance of a Board of Directors.

We have over 300 volunteers annually that help the BFP serve clients successfully. Fourteen participating churches, and a number of civic organizations, provide most of the afternoon Client Distribution volunteers throughout the year. A trained and dedicated team of Retail Donation volunteers get the product from the stores to us. And, Pantry Prep volunteers keep the shelves ready for our clients to shop from. 

The food we distribute comes in from a number of sources:

In 2022, we were a finalist for Best of the Beach - Place to Volunteer and our Executive Director was the Winner of the Nonprofit Leader category.  In 2014, we were named Outer Banks Non-Profit of the Year through the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Program.

Through a contractual relationship, we are a Member Agency of the Food Bank of the Albemarle. In turn, they are a member of Feeding America, and that is how we can access the Retail Donations the grocery store chains supply. Only food banks, not food pantries, can be members of Feeding America. 

We are also members of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Center for Non-Profits and NC Tech 4 Good.