Approximately 14% of the population in Chatham County live at or below the poverty level ($24,600/year for a family of four). However, CORA is meeting food insecurity needs for families making $49,200/year for a family of four. These guidelines allow us to serve more people and better meet our mission. While we served nearly 11,000 individuals last year, we estimate there are over 8,500 additional 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.
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