At CORA, keeping our clients, volunteers, and staff healthy is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, clients will no longer be allowed to enter the Pantry to shop for groceries. Client intake will take place outdoors and clients will receive their groceries in their car.
CORA is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10 am – 1 pm to families in need of food. Families are allowed two visits per month. If emergency food is needed beyond the two visits, please come to CORA and we will assist you.
The Mobile Market will take the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10 am – 12 pm at Technology Way in Siler City. Due to COVID-19 we are currently distributing food via a drive-through model. Families stay in their car and pre-packed groceries are placed in their vehicle.
CORA is a place where the community comes together to help ensure that none of its neighbors go hungry. If you need food, please come by our food pantry for assistance. 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 in-take process for new families. Please know that all information is self-reported, we don’t ask people to prove anything they tell us. And if you wish not to answer, we are fine with that as well.
When a new client comes to CORA, we ask for the following information:
We also ask about other members of the household:
Once a family answers this information, they receive a CORA card that they will show each time they come to the Pantry so that we can record visits for reporting purposes. All of this information is kept confidential in a database and we use statistical information for reports to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC and many grant applications. If you have any questions, please contact Mackie Hunter at Mackie@corafoodpantry.org.
If you need food and are a resident of Chatham County, you are welcome to receive food from CORA Food Pantry.
CORA makes food available to families as needed, throughout the year. The first several times a family visits, a week’s worth of food is provided for every family member, regardless of how many people there are. We use USDA meal guidelines to determine what a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks should be comprised of, and do our best to offer the most nutritious food available.
Families can receive a week’s worth of groceries twice a month. 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 provides a variety of food based on the USDA Guidelines for a healthy diet. As you make food selections in CORA’s grocery store atmosphere, a friendly volunteer will be able to assist you during your visit.
CORA provides dry goods, canned goods, and other foods that are easy to store long term. Frozen foods, dairy foods, eggs, and produce are also available.
We are currently providing food curbside, you do not need to make an appointment. We are open Monday through Thursday between 10 am – 1 pm.
CORA is located at 40 Camp Drive in Pittsboro NC near the Chatham County Dept. of Social Services (DSS) in Pittsboro, and across the circle from the new Pittsboro Library on the Central Carolina Community College campus (CCCC).