There are many ways to support CORA and the impact of your giving can be seen and felt throughout our community. From food drives to fundraising and planned giving, it takes all types of donations to allow us to feed more in our community.
Approximately 14% of the population in Chatham County live at or below the poverty level ($26,200/year for a family of four). However, CORA is meeting food insecurity needs for families making 200% of the poverty level, which is $52,400 annually for a family of four. These guidelines allow us to serve more people and better meet our mission. While we served just over 15,000 people last year, we estimate there are many more neighbors in need who could use the services of the Pantry. In order to meet this gap in services and demand, we need to continue to build support in our community to ensure that CORA has the resources to guarantee that families don’t go hungry.
In addition, 50% of public school children in Chatham County receive free or low-cost meals through the federal school lunch program because their family income is at or near the poverty level. More than 4,300 school children in Chatham County will likely not have adequate replacements for these meals during the summer. Through SNACK!, ten weeks of nutritious meals are provided to kids who would have no way of receiving these meals during the months school is not in session. Every two weeks, food for every breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are distributed to families in need.
CORA is determined to make sure we are moving the needle towards a community without hunger. It’s critical that we work together to achieve this and take care of the most vulnerable in our community. Nearly 50% of those served by CORA are under 18 or over 60 years of age.
Please help us reach every individual and family facing hunger by making a donation today. If you wish to mail in your gift, please download our form here or mail your check to PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312. CORA is recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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