Food Assistance Programs
Started in 2020 to alleviate the health and safety concerns caused by the pandemic, the CECMH created a series of community outreach services for mental and physical wellness. The Heat and Eat Meals program was one of these programs and it has continued to this day thanks to generous donations and community support.
The Heat and Eat Meals are pre-made, ready to heat and eat meals prepared by local restaurants. The meals are delivered weekly by Center team members to ensure the highest standard of food safety. Clients will receive nutritional meals for the next 10 weeks so that they can avoid crowded food pantries and soup kitchens. In addition, they will also receive fresh fruits and vegetables as available from the Farm at Penny Lane.
Criteria for participation
- Must have at least 2 health risk factors
- Live in Chatham, Orange, or Wake Counties
- Be a client of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
Currently closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Criteria for participation
- 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.
UNC Farm at Penny Lane Campus: 263 Penny Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Wake ACT Team Office: 401 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh, NC. 27608
Support the 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.