Small Farms Week Food Drive

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small farms week food drive flyer with N.C. Cooperative Extension logo, small farms week signage, and ingredients and location as included in the article

Food Insecurity in Brunswick County

In 2021, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina reported that 15% of residents in Brunswick County were considered food insecure. This means they did not have access to a reliable source of food during the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting communities and populations that were already affected by inequitable policies and structures. Children are at an even greater risk of facing food insecurity with 22% of children under 18 facing food insecurity.

Small Farms Week

chicken tortilla soup plated with tortilla chips and topped with cheese

March 21-26, 2022 marks the 36th annual Small Farms Week. This is a statewide event presented by Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University that recognizes the contributions of small farmers in counties throughout North Carolina. The N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center in association with N.C. A&T State University is hosting a Food Drive until March 11th, 2022. Instead of a general collection of canned goods, staff will be collecting items to provide families with ingredients to create a 7 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup. These kits will be donated to food pantries within the county.

Choosing Healthier Food Donations and Recipe

We hope those who choose to donate will also learn about choosing healthier canned food items. While you’re shopping, look for items that are reduced sodium or have no salt added. If these items aren’t available, rinsing canned beans is another great way to reduce the amount of extra sodium we are consuming. Interested in trying this recipe for yourself? Visit to download the recipe. Try the recipe, and consider donating these items to provide a meal for a family for as little as ten dollars. 

Drop Off Location

Anyone interested in donating to this food drive can bring items to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center office located at 25 Referendum Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422. Our office is located in Building N, and our hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

top down view of 7 open cans of food


  • 1 (15 oz.) can Black Beans*
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Pinto Beans*
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can Diced Tomatoes*
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Sweet Mexican Corn*
  • 1 (12.5 oz.) can Chicken Breast*
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Coconut Milk
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Chicken Broth*

*Look for reduced sodium or no salt added options when available.

For more information about our food drive, healthy food donations, or other programs offered by N.C. Cooperative Extension, contact Rachel Bland, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at or 910.253.2610.