Town Talk 02/19/20: Free Mobile Pharmacy Coming to Henderson; Volunteers Needed

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Kinzie Luce, Mobile Free Pharmacy Events and Volunteer manager with NC MedAssist, appeared on WIZS Town Talk Wednesday at 11 a.m.

NC MedAssist, in collaboration with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, is holding a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Vance County on Friday, February 21, 2020. The event will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church – 635 S. College St., Henderson – from 9 a.m. until  2 p.m.

Participants must be at least 18 years old to receive medication. No identification is required and no income requirements or residency restrictions apply.

A non-profit pharmacy founded in 1997, NC MedAssist serves all 100 North Carolina counties. The charitable organization partners with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation to offer mobile free pharmacy events on a rotating basis in the local four-county area.

“Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is pleased to bring the Over the Counter Medicine Program back to Vance County,” Executive Director Val Short stated in a recent press release. “The OTC Give Away Day is expected to have a huge impact. Our goal is to improve the health of our community, one person at a time. We know that even with insurance, many individuals cannot afford OTC products.”

According to Luce, total participation in these events depends on several factors, including the weather, but the organization “brings enough medicine to serve 1,000 and hopes to distribute it all.”

Each individual can select eight items from a “shopping list” that includes allergy medicine, digestive aids, cough and cold, children’s medication, vitamins, Tylenol and Band-Aids.

“Everyone should leave with a minimum of 10-12 items,” Luce said. “They can select eight items off the shopping list, along with a few miscellaneous items.”

In addition to partnerships, Luce explained that is the hard work and dedication of volunteers that make these events possible. “We have a great volunteer base in Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties. We could not do what we do without them. Our volunteers are serving those that they live and work around.”

Additional volunteers age 12 and older are needed and do not require experience or medical knowledge. “Our volunteers unload trucks and stock medicine on the table,” Luce said. “This is a great way for students to get community hours that they may need for school.”

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Triangle North Healthcare Foundation at (252) 430-8532.

Information will also be available at Friday’s event regarding the NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program, which mails prescription medications directly to eligible participants free-of-charge.

Learn more about NC MedAssist and its programs by visiting

To hear the interview with Luce in its entirety, go to and click on Town Talk.

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