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COVID-19 Update

Posted on: May 23, 2020

We will be open reduced hours, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This decision is in response to COVID-19 and our commitment to the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, and clients.  Please note the following precautionary changes and thank you for your patience.

 

CORA would like to thank each and every one of you for your partnership and for championing our work to serve those most vulnerable in our community. During this time of unmatched demand for food assistance, the strength and compassion of our community has been on full display. From the donations of food, money, grocery bags, and face masks, to the calls and emails of support from across the community. It has been a truly humbling experience and we thank you.

As families face a loss of income due to COVID-19, they are relying upon CORA’s emergency food for the first time. With new and current families facing uncertainty, the demand for our services has increased dramatically. In February, prior to the pandemic, CORA was serving on average 185 families per week. Currently, we are serving approximately 275 families a week. This is a 49% increase. Luckily, we received a large food and the pantry is now full of over 30,000 pounds tuna, cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruits, cereal bars, and pasta! CORA is poised and energized about continuing to feed our hungry neighbors. 

As we plan for the weeks ahead, your support will be essential and will strengthen our ability to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors get the food they need on a regular basis.  

Here is how you can help:

Volunteer

As you may know, at this time, we are not utilizing Pantry volunteers. However, we have decided to continue retail recovery at our local grocery stores. If you would like to help, please check VHUB to see if there are any available slots, https://corafoodpantry.volunteerhub.com/.  We also need help with various administrative projects that can be done at home.  If you would like to get involved and are particularly skilled in analyzing data, using Microsoft Excel, or working with internal controls and accounting, please reach out to Melissa at melissa@corafoodpantry.org.

Donate Food

We would really appreciate donations of canned veggies, fruits, and proteins, such as canned and bagged beans, 16 oz. peanut butter, SPAM, and ham. In addition, we welcome kid-friendly food donations, such as cereal, applesauce, fruit snacks, cheese and crackers, and juice boxes. You can drop off food at 40 Camp Drive in Pittsboro Monday through Friday between 9 am and 1:30 pm.

Donate Money

We are purchasing additional food to help with the increase in need. We can make a dollar go much further than an individual would be able to at a grocery store because we are able to buy in bulk. We are also gearing up for our summer SNACK program and expect that we may need to provide for many more children than usual.  We want to make sure that children who would normally be receiving meals in camps this summer don’t go hungry.  CORA is currently considering how we can best adjust meet the need.  Please send in donations to CORA at PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or give securely online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/corfoopan/.

Again, thank you so much for your support as we navigate the new normal. Stay safe and healthy!