When you shop, help the local community. Bargain Box returns all of its net proceeds from sales to the community through free clothing and mini-grants. Since opening our doors in 2000, Bargain Box has collaborated with over 100 local social service agencies. Learn more about our community outreach. 

Good Shepherd Center is one of our largest recipients of grant funds and Bargain Bucks. The mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing. Established in 1983 as a modest Soup Kitchen, Good Shepherd has grown to become the largest provider of homeless services in the region.


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Clients from 44 agencies have used $86,220 (2005-2017) worth of Bargain Bucks. Bargain Bucks are vouchers available to local nonprofits and government agencies to distribute to clients who need clothing or household items. Bargain Bucks look and spend like cash, making the shopping experience pleasant and dignified for our customers. 

In 2017, over $15,000 of Bargain Bucks were distributed to 30 social service agencies as well as the New Hanover County Schools (18 different public schools). If your agency is interested in learning more, click here for the Bargain Buck Application.

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The Free Bin is one of the most critical outlets that the Bargain Box uses to fulfill its mission. Many people depend on the Free Box as their only source of clothing for themselves and their family. When donations come in, this is the first place we think of for your donation.

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The Episcopal Farmworker's Ministry receives substantial contributions of clothing for hard-working people who put food on our tables. Episcopal Farmworker Ministry responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and actively supports opportunities for them to become self-directive.

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Crossnore School and Children's Home receives tons of clothing from the Bargain Box. Crossnore is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing residential foster care for children in crisis from North Carolina. With three locations – one in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain town of Crossnore, NC, the second near downtown Winston-Salem, NC, and the third in the historic district of downtown Hendersonville, NC — they are committed to providing a sanctuary of hope and healing for children.

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Early Bread is a cooperative effort with Wesley Memorial United Methodist, Grace United Methodist, Calvary Chapel and several other county churches which send volunteers every Sunday to cook, serve, minister, and clean. Early Bread started in May of 1999, and, since then, has fed more than 30,000 people. We "feed the soul and spirit" of an average of 90-110 people each Sunday.  


Nonprofit organizations may apply for grant funding. Once the application has been reviewed and approved, money is disbursed. The Bargain Box has distributed over $104,500 from our net proceeds to more than 30 different social service agencies in the Cape Fear region.


Click here for grant guidelines and application form.