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Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff Welcomes You

Make a Difference Today

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Preserved Food
Volunteers Packing Food

Location and Hours

The Shepherd's Staff primarily serves residents of Mitchell County, North Carolina

We are located at 6565 S 226 HWY, Spruce Pine, NC

(between Spruce Pine & Bakersville, NC)

Monday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  (Every other Friday)

Open Fridays in 2024:

March 1, 15, 29 - April 12, 26 - May 10, 24

June 7, 21 - July 5, 19 - August 2, 16, 30 - September 13, 27

October 11, 25 - November 8, 22 - December 6, 20

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed



In October of 1983, the women of several Spruce Pine Churches recognized a need for a ministry to help the disadvantaged in Mitchell County. They came together and formed Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff. Today, the Shepherd’s Staff is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization with the primary goal of defeating hunger in Mitchell County.  The Shepherd’s Staff has modified its services based on the funds available. When funding was abundant the Shepherd’s Staff helped people with medicines, rent, utilities, and clothing. As donations decreased, the board decided that the food pantry would be the priority and assistance with heat or utilities would be done on a funds available basis. Solid leadership coupled with multiple revenue streams in the form of grants, multiple church sponsorships, private donations, the MANNA partnership, and fundraisers have allowed Shepherd’s Staff to serve the people of Mitchell County for over 40 years and to continue that service for the foreseeable future.

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Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff is a 501(c)(3) non-profit North Carolina corporation with the purpose to provide temporary food and heating assistance to Mitchell County residents who are in need. This fulfills our mission of, "No one goes hungry in Mitchell County."

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"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

Mother Teresa

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