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Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Chatham County

NEED FOOD SUPPORT?

COVID-19 Update


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 through Thursday 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:

  • Name
  • Basic contact information: address, phone number, email address
  • Birthdate
  • Gender, race/ethnicity
  • Dietary restrictions/food allergies
  • And we do ask about monthly income and if the family receives food stamps to determine eligibility for federal programs.

We also ask about other members of the household:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender, ethnicity
  • Their relationship to the “primary client”

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.



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How Does it Work?

Who We Serve

CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food through our programs.

How Much Food

CORA’s Pantry is set up like a grocery store and community members choose the food that matches their preferences and needs. There are no limits on the amount of food community members shop for, we just ask that they only take what they need and be considerate of their fellow neighbors in need. Families can visit CORA twice a month.

Kinds of Food

Our community members have various options when choosing their groceries, from local fresh produce, meats, dairy, bakery items, shelf-stable staples, to personal hygiene items. CORA believes when families choose their own foods, it creates an atmosphere of dignity and builds a sense of community between staff, volunteers, and those we serve.

Obtaining Food

Due to CIVID-19, we are currently providing food curbside and you do not need to make an appointment. We are open Monday through Thursday between  10 am – 1 pm.

Location

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).


Frequently Asked Questions

CORA receives food from the USDA TEFAP program (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  CORA is an equal opportunity provider.