CORA Food Pantry
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
- 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
- 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.
- Cash donations are also gladly accepted directly to CORA food pantry.