In July 1989, Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA) provided food to its first clients, a family of six, 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 not-for-profit, 501c(3), food pantry that serves residents in need of food within Chatham County, North Carolina. Our ultimate goal at CORA is to end hunger in our community by soliciting, collecting, and purchasing food for distribution through our food pantry and a network of alliances, programs, and special events.
CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food. We are open five days a week, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and the first Saturday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm (excluding state holidays). Families can receive a week’s worth of groceries up to six times in a 12-month period. These weekly food allotments are selected to provide 21 nutritious meals for each family member. When families have chronic food needs that extend beyond six visits, CORA provides emergency food boxes to help alleviate the hunger that they face.
CORA also launched our Mobile Market for families in the western part of Chatham County in October. Using our six-pallet truck, we set up at Chatham Hospital in Siler City and display food like a small farmer’s market. Each person receives enough food for 21 meals at each visit. The Mobile Market takes place on the 4thTuesday of each month from 10am – 12pm.
The pantry is a place of hope and comfort for many in our community, a respite from their struggles where there is always an empathetic ear, supportive smile, and shelves of food to help meet their needs. CORA currently fills 100% of client requests and turns no resident away.
In addition, each summer CORA distributes food to more than 1,500 hungry kids who depend on federal school meals for adequate nutrition during the school year, but who have little or no replacement for this nutrition when school is not in session. SNACK! provides food for these meals — seven breakfasts, seven lunches, and seven dinners — for 10 weeks mid-June through mid-August.