TOC's Large Food Distribution Frequently Asked Questions

The Outreach Center's large food distributions are held the last Tuesday of each month, with the exception of November, when it's held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and December, when it's held the Tuesday before Christmas. 

 

Other FAQ about our large food distributions...

When are they held and what should I expect?

the last Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm, with the exception of November, when it's held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and December, when it's held the Tuesday before Christmas. 

Be prepared to wait in line, outside in the elements. So, be prepared for hot, cold, sunny, rainy, snowy conditions depending on the time of year. 

 

Is it for just Burke County residents? 

No, it's for anyone in need regardless of geographic location. 

Do I have to pre-register, what do I need to bring?

You do need to register but you can do that when you arrive the day of the distribution. Please bring a photo ID. Also, be prepared to wait in line. 

What is the cost? 

There is no charge. 

What will I receive? 

Our food selection and amount varies from month to month, but we almost always have canned items like vegetables, bread, and other staples. We also offer baby and adult diapers when we have those in stock. To receive baby diapers you need to bring proof of a child in your home, like their birth certificate or insurance card. 

I can't physically stand in line for long periods. Can someone else pick up my groceries? 

Yes, that is possible. You will need to come by and register and designate someone to pick up for you the evening of food distribution. That person will need a picture ID. Come by anytime from 9am-5pm at The Outreach Center, 510 East Fleming Drive in Morganton to designate someone. (Note: This is only to designate a person to pick up for you. You will not receive groceries at this time. Groceries are only distributed on the advertised dates, usually the last Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm, with the exception of November, when it's held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and December, when it's held the Tuesday before Christmas.) 

Can I volunteer and still receive groceries? 

Yes, many of our volunteers receive food but please be aware that volunteers receive food at the end of the night after all other clients have been provided assistance. 

 

I still have questions? 

Please call our office 828.439.8300 Mon-Fri 9-5 

Connect with TOC

Here's our contact info. We would love to hear from you. Stop by in person Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. We look forward to meeting you!

Email: info@theoutreachcenter.org

Phone: 828.439.8300

512 E. Fleming Dr.

PO Box 1003

Morganton, N.C. 28680

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