50% of the food CORA distributes to hungry families is donated! This source of food is VERY IMPORTANT to us! To make sure your donation of food does the most good, keep the following guidelines in mind.
CORA accepts donations of shelf-stable foods — canned fruit/vegetables, boxed cereals, rice, pasta, baking mix and shelf-stable specialty items (drink mix, coffee, tea, pancake mix, condiments, herbs and spices, ethnic foods, other pantry staples, etc.). We also accept paper products – especially bathroom tissue and paper towels – and some personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, disposable razors, etc. For a list of the items that are most needed and the items that we usually have stocked, CLICK HERE.
We also accept locally grown produce and eggs from individuals, farms and community gardens. If you have never donated fresh food to CORA before, please contact the Natalie Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org before bringing in your donation.
We accept frozen meats (beef, chicken, pork, turkey) that are commercially packaged by a USDA approved facility. This includes any meats you would purchase at a commercial grocery store. If you are interested in donating local venison, please contact our Natalie Stewart at email@example.com for more information.
If you would like to hold a food drive at your place of work, school, neighborhood, church, sports or social club, please download the Food Drive Packet.
PORCH began in Chapel Hill and has now spread across the country! PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization whose mission is to collect and distribute food for distribution to food insecure families. Each PORCH program donates to the food charity of their choice. If you would like information on how to start a PORCH program for CORA, please contact Rebecca Hankins at firstname.lastname@example.org.