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A Place of Hope and Comfort for Many in our Community

This year, CORA . . .

... Served 11,276 Individuals

... Distributed 1.2 Million Meals


... Enrolled 1,106 Children in SNACK!

Our Impact

CORA is a place where the community comes together to help ensure that none of its neighbors go hungry. Thanks to the vision, generosity, and hard work of hundreds of individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations CORA is a thriving organization.

For CORA families, visiting the Pantry can be a humbling experience. Many are facing the need for food assistance for the very first time in their lives. Having access to a greater variety of food and allowing people to choose which foods they want from our pantry shelves based on family size, dietary restrictions, and personal preference empowers people to make their own decisions and restores integrity to the process.

Research shows that access to nutritious food is the key to a healthy community, where children do well in school, families thrive, and seniors are not choosing between buying food and other necessities. Providing nutritious food in underserved areas improves the community’s health and economic vitality.  According to the North Carolina Justice Center, approximately 9% of the population in Chatham County live at or below the poverty level ($26,200/year for a family of four). However, CORA meets the food insecurity needs for families making 200% of the poverty level. There are an estimated 20,500 Chatham County residents, 29% of the population, who are considered low income (200% of the poverty level). Last year, we at CORA distributed 1.3 million meals to more than 15,300 individuals. CORA is dedicated to improving access to nutritious food and the quality of life by meeting the needs of those facing food insecurity through our various programs.

Learn more by reading our 2021 Annual Report.