Food Drive

Food Drive

Be sure to bring a donation to the festival per person for the CHEW! Program and/or each of the charities (including the Onslow County Animal Services and the Possumwood Animal Services). Feel free to bring as much as you want. Open your hearts as these items are very much in need and go to children in need in our local community. The children are our future and this year we hope to collect thousands of pounds of non-perishable food from attendees and donate it to this program and help our local community.    No Glass or expired items Please!
How it Works

The CHEW! Program assists children in our community by providing backpacks filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare meals over the weekend. Every week volunteers from the community pack the backpacks, which are distributed to children on Friday and returned on Monday. Since it’s creation, schools across Onslow County have been looking to replicate this successful model.

Twenty-two schools currently operate as a CHEW Site: Blue Creek Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Dixon Middle, Dixon High, Meadowview Elementary, Morton Elementary, Northwoods Elementary, Northwoods Park Middle, Parkwood Elementary, Richlands Primary, Richlands Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Southwest Middle, State Side Elementary, Trexler Middle, Summersill Elementary, Jacksonville High School, Bell Fork Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, New Bridge Middle School, and Jacksonville Commons Elementary.

How Can YOU Help?

CHEW! is in need of food or monetary donations to stock and maintain supplies of non-perishable food items that will provide nutrition for children each weekend.  Food donations may be dropped off at any of the participating CHEW Schools or United Way's office at 403 N Bayshore Blvd. in Jacksonville.  You can also make a tax-deductible donation to United Way of Onslow County and designate CHEW! as the recipient. As a Partner Agency of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, United Way is able to purchase specifically-needed food items at reduced costs, which allow for donations to go farther. Lastly, you can host a food drive at your church or place of work. Boxes and helpful hints can be provided!

Food Donations
Non-perishable child-friendly foods and easy to prepare meals are always needed. (For Safety Reasons, please do not donate glass items)

Here are some ideas of what you can bring, but the possibilities are endless! :) 


  • Pop-tarts
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Complete Pancake Mix
  • Instant Grits
  • Cereal Bars


  • Canned Soup
  • Peanut Butter / Jelly
  • Canned Meat
  • Ravioli / Spaghetti-o's
  • Crackers
  • Canned Fruit
  • Fruit Cups


  • Spaghetti / Sauce
  • Canned Veggies
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Complete Meal Boxes
  • Chili
  • Beef Stew


  • Individual Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Other household items like Paper towels, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. 
  • Even household board games! (Which can be used by the social workers in the schools)

Contact Shelly Kieweg, Community Impact Director at (910) 347-2646 or email for additional information. 

To make a monetary donation, click here, or mail your donation (designated to CHEW! and/or the CHEW school ) to United Way of Onslow County, PO Box 5125, Jacksonville, NC 28540.