In July 1989, Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA) provided food to its first family, two adults and four children. Thirty years later, we now distribute more than 1 million meals to families across Chatham County. If you would like to learn more about the history of CORA, please download our booklet HERE.
CORA is a nonprofit organization that serves residents facing food insecurity within Chatham County, North Carolina. Our ultimate goal at CORA is to build a community without hunger by collecting and purchasing healthy food for distribution through our food pantry, related programs, and network of local partners. CORA is actively creating a community space where our neighbors in need will receive the resources and encouragement they need to move beyond the challenges they have placed that have caused them to be food insecure.
CORA is a place of hope, compassion, and dignity for many in our community, where there is always an empathetic ear, supportive smile, and nutritious food to help meet their needs. CORA serves a diverse community; families, students, and the elderly – many of whom thought they would never have to seek food assistance. CORA is committed to addressing hunger and food insecurity at the local level while establishing new partnerships across Chatham County to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food.
CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food. We are open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm (excluding state holidays). Families can receive a week’s worth of groceries up to two times per month. These weekly food allotments are selected to provide 21 nutritious meals for each family member.