Help Center

HEATHER ABBOTT/Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer

The Help Center NC distributed food to local residents at the parking lot of Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Families not only received food but hope. The church is hoping to hold this event twice monthly in the future.


Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, hosted a monthly mobile feeding site Sept. 29 with The Help Center NC distributing food to some 300 to 400 people.

Twanna J. Jones, CEO and founder of The Help Center, said the 501(c)3 is different from other similar agencies.

“We say we provide not only help, but hope,” she said. “We greet each car that comes through the line because we don’t know what families are going through. We know that food is one of the things, but there’s so much more.”

The Help Center North Carolina partners with the Food Bank of North Carolina for monthly food distributions, such as the one at Olive Grove, which has been going on for the last seven to eight months serving families and individuals from Warren and Halifax counties.

Meats, fresh vegetables and juice were among items handed out last week, along with recipes for preparing fresh foods at home. Jones said a focus was on healthy eating to address chronic diseases in this area.

Also, healthcare business partners were on hand to discuss Medicaid and Medicare.

“We want to make sure we’re investing in the counties we serve,” Jone said.

The Rev. Charles Walton, pastor of Olive Grove, said that most of the dozen or so volunteers at the food distribution were church members. He hoped to hold such events twice monthly in the near future.

In addition to food distribution, The Help Center NC provides disaster relief and youth enrichment, has a diaper bank, elderly support services, a weekly Bible study and more. For information about services, call 252-572-3203 or go online to