Pantry and Mobile Market
CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food through our Food Pantry. As a temporary measure, while we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have restructured our direct service strategy. The client intake process is conducted outside, and clients receive their groceries curbside in a drive-through manner. We are distributing pre-packed bags of shelf-stable food including canned fruits and vegetables, rice or pasta, soups, breakfast cereal or cereal bars, and a variety of other nutritious food. We supplement these staples with fresh produce, bakery items, milk, and eggs. Our client service hours have also changed to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am – 1 pm. Families receive a week’s worth of groceries or enough food to provide 21 meals per family member, at each visit. Families can visit CORA twice a month.
In October of 2019, CORA launched a Mobile Market in Siler City. Approximately 50% of clients live in Siler City and over 60% live in the western part of the County. The lower-income areas in western Chatham County are home to several food deserts. By operating our Mobile Market in Siler City, the disparity in access to fresh, healthy foods is reduced. Using our truck, we set up the monthly to distribute nutritious food to members of our community. The Mobile Market has proven to be an effective model and we expanded the program from once a month to twice monthly in January 2021. The second Mobile Market rotates to strategic points around the county where food insecurity is the greatest. In the first three months of 2021, CORA served 539 individuals over 11,000 meals through this expansion.