Pender County Christian Services (PCCS) was founded by Edna Van Harrell Bradshaw who wanted a way to help those in need living in Pender County. The Ministerial Association organized a community clothing closet and food pantry, and on March 8, 1982, PCCS was incorporated as a non-profit organization. The food pantry opened its doors for the first time in June of 1982. We began with 17 volunteers and a budget of $12,000 per year for food, serving 250 families in the first nine months of operation. Today, we have 6 employees and over 40 volunteers. Our food budget is over $80,000 per year, and we serve over 600 families per month.


Mrs. SANDRA K. HARRIS began her time with PCCS nearly 24 years ago after over 20 years as a Medical Office Manager. For the last 15 years, she has been an active participant in the Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO), a partnership between UNCW and the community created to help strengthen nonprofit organizations through professional, leadership, and organizational development. Wearing many hats, and with the support of volunteers, she has helped to build a strong, sustainable organization. In May of 2021, Mrs. Harris received the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Coastal Entrepreneur Award for Non-profits. (See Article)


With the help of our volunteers, the PCCS Pantry serves thousands of residents every year. Last year, we distributed 182,838 pounds of food!!  Thank you to everyone for your food and monetary donations, and also to everyone who donates to or shops in our thrift store. Working together, we are making sure that no one goes hungry in Pender County.