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 – Siler City will take place on 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.
The Mobile Market – Nature Trail will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4pm – 6pm at 326 Nature Trail in Chapel Hill. 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 serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food through our client-choice Food Pantry. We are open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm (excluding state holidays).
CORA is a place of hope, compassion, and dignity for many in our community, where there is always an empathetic ear, supportive smile, and nutritious food to help meet their needs. CORA serves a diverse community; families, students, and the elderly many of whom thought they would never have to seek food assistance. We are committed to meeting people where they are and establishing new partnerships across Chatham County to ensure that all those facing food insecurity have access to nutritious food.
To better address the demand for community-based resources, CORA launched our Mobile Market for families in the western part of Chatham County in October. Using our six-pallet truck, we set up at Technology Way in Siler City and display food like a small farmer’s market. Each person receives enough food for 21 meals at each visit. In 2020, Mobile Markets will take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CORA currently fills 100% of community need requests and turns no one away.
CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food through our client-choice Food Pantry. CORA’s Pantry is set up like a grocery store and community members choose the food that matches their preferences and needs. 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.
CORA has created a space that empowers community members to employ healthy eating strategies. We use SWAP (Supporting Wellness at Pantries), a stoplight nutrition ranking system designed to help promote healthy food choices and ranks foods based on saturated fat, sodium, and sugar. The SWAP system ranks foods into green (choose frequently), yellow (choose sometimes), and red (choose rarely). In addition, volunteers are trained to educate community members in making smart choices through nutrition classes, food demonstrations, healthy samples, and one on one conversations.
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.