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Approximately 14% of the population in Chatham County live at or below the poverty level ($24,600/year for a family of 4). The CECMH’s Farm at Penny Lane has partnered with CORA (Chatham Outreach Alliance) to help meet food insecurity needs for families making $49,200/year for a family of four. CORA operates under USDA Food and Nutrition Services Eligibility Guidelines.


Location: The Farm at Penny Lane

Dates/Times: Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month from 10:00am – 12:00pm and Every 4th Tuesday of the Month from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Volunteer and Additional Information: Contact: Thava Mahadevan or call 919-960-1291

Participating Partners: CORA, Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, the Local Church

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Participants are Chatham County residents, although temporary support is provided.
  • At each pantry visit families and individuals receive a week’s worth of food for every family member.
  • Each family or individual is eligible for 6 visits in 12 months.
  • The Pantry will help those who need more food get some basics.
  • CORA has easy long term store items, e.g. canned goods.
  • Frozen food, dairy, eggs and produce are sometimes available
  • CORA strives for Nutritionally balanced foods.
  • The Pantry is organized like a grocery store so visitors can shop with a volunteer.


Support the Chatham County Food Pantry

Product Donations

  • 50% of CORA’s food is donated
  • CORA accepts shelf stable donations— 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.
  • CORA accept paper products – especially bathroom tissue and paper towels – and some personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, disposable razors, etc.

Monetary Donations