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Fighting Food Insecurity From All Angles


Our Commitment

CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food through our Food Pantry. We are open five days a week, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and every other Saturday, 10 am to 12 pm (excluding state holidays). Families receive a week’s worth of groceries at each visit, up to six times in a 12-month period. These weekly food allotments are selected to provide 21 nutritious meals for each family member. However, when additional assistance is needed beyond six visits, CORA makes sure each family gets the help they need. 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 community need requests and turns no one away.

How CORA Food Pantry Works

  • Participants are Chatham County residents. If not a resident, CORA temporarily provides food while strategies for finding food closer to home are managed.

  • Families and individuals receive a week’s worth of food for every family member. Each person receives enough food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for (21) meals each time the pantry is visited.  Each family or individual is eligible to receive food up to six (6) times per 12- month period.   If more visits are required, our Beyond Six program provides a basic level of food support to help families navigate additional weeks of need.

  • CORA has dry goods, canned goods, and other foods that are easy to store long term. Frozen foods, dairy foods, eggs, and produce are provided when available. We pay particular attention to the nutritional balance of foods distributed.

  • The Pantry is set up like a grocery store. You will push your own grocery cart and choose the foods your family will enjoy with the help of a volunteer.

What Else Makes CORA Special?

Family Choice

Choice pantries allow families to select from a wide variety of foods that meet their personal dietary needs. CORA Food Pantry is set up like a grocery store, and families “shop” for their own food with the helpful knowledge of a volunteer.  The amount of food available is tied to the size of the family based on USDA dietary guidelines. Families have shared that they feel valued and that their independent selections provide a sense of control and increased self-esteem in a time of great difficulty.

Nutritious Foods

CORA purchases foods with lower salt, fat and sugar content when available, and encourages food donors to do the same: fruit in natural juice, whole grain breads and pastas, low sugar cereals, high fiber choices like brown rice, oatmeal, and a variety of beans.

CORA has our own garden and local community farmers donate fresh produce and farm fresh eggs.  Grocery stores donate fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins throughout the year.  Moreover, CORA is involved in cooperative relationships with Farmer Foodshare, the Society of St. Andrews, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, receiving more than 50,000 pounds of fresh produce between the three.

Reducing Waste

CORA does not turn away usable donations. Most things that we cannot or do not distribute to the public are passed forward to other organizations that need them. When food is not safe for humans, it can many times be used for animals.  Burnette Ranch, Carolina Tiger Rescue, and Piedmont Animal Rescue are partners who help make sure donations are put to good use when the pantry can no longer use them.”