An area food bank may be moving from Sneads Ferry, but the community still has resources at its disposal.

Jeanette “Mama J” Lopez, founder of Mama J’s Helping Hands, recently announced her decision to move the food bank from its Sneads Ferry location into Wilmington.

“We were offered a very large space about six times the size of Mama J’s,” she said. “We’re now able to offer spiritual counseling, church, a soup kitchen and reach a larger number of people and still be able to help out in the Ferry.”

Lopez said she plans to use a food truck to transport food back to Sneads Ferry for the people in need.

“We’re trying to find a space we can come park at and distribute food,” she said.

Until then, she said, they can drop the food off at people’s homes.

“We’ll still be able to get the mobile food truck from the food bank with fresh fruits and vegetables on it,” she said.

By moving to a large space in Wilmington, Lopez said she’s hoping to bring the organization to the next level through offering the church and the spiritual counselor. She also hopes to make a bigger impact on the drug addicted, alcohol addicted and the homeless population, she said.

Mama J’s will close on Feb. 1 and move to a new location at 1161 Castle Hayne Road Suite C in Wilmington.

Food requests can be made to her at 910-399-1048.

Lopez said Mama J’s has been blessed that it’s been able to help for the last seven years. She also said that Sneads Ferry is her home and the food bank will continue to provide for the Sneads Ferry community.

Sneads Ferry residents also have other resources.

Folkstone Church Food Bank has been providing perishable and non-perishable food items to the community since 2012, Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church pastor Cliff Wilson said.

Before the food bank opens, the volunteers pray over the food that it may meet the needs of the community, and they’ve never had one day that there wasn’t enough food to meet those needs, he said.

“We welcome anyone,” Wilson said, going on to say that the food bank serves about 600 to 900 families per month. “Most of the time people take more than they can carry.”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, people can choose from a selection of fresh produce, bread, desserts, some canned foods, meats and other food including dairy products to feed their families.

“We always ask people to shop by the number of people in that household,” Yvonne Saunders, food bank director, said. “The form they fill out is pretty generic … and folks can come as many times as they want. We are again an emergency food bank.”

A local thrift store, Master’s Touch, also provides some financial assistance in the community, Wilson said. He and other members of the store’s board of directors take applications each month and conduct interviews to assess where the need is. The thrift store also has clothing and household items available for a lesser price.

The Folkstone Church Food Bank is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-11 a.m. at Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church, 133 Old Folkstone Road in Holly Ridge. For more information, visit