Supporting CORA’s mission to provides food to individuals and families in need.

PORCH Chatham consists of a number of communities that support CORA (Chatham Outreach Alliance).

CORA is a nonprofit organization that serves residents facing food insecurity. Our ultimate goal at CORA is to build a community without hunger by collecting and purchasing healthy food for distribution through our food pantry, related programs, and network of local partners.

CORA envisions a community without hunger. A healthy, strong, and connected community where all people have equitable access to abundant, safe, nutritious, and culturally relevant food. Through our work, we will help build a healthy Chatham County, a place where families thrive, children do well in school, and seniors do not face the stress of choosing between food and other necessities.

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PORCH Chatham consists of the following PORCH Communities:

  • Bobcat Point
  • Briar Chapel
  • Bynum
  • Carolina Preserve
  • Cedar Grove and Cedar Mountain
  • Chapel Ridge
  • Fearrington Village
  • Galloway Ridge LEDGE
  • Governors Club
  • Governors Village
  • Hackberry Lane
  • Highland Forest
  • Jones Ferry Landing
  • Jordan Hills
  • Legacy at Jordan Lake
  • Miles Branch
  • Monterrane
  • New Hope Trails
  • Polks Landing
  • Powell Place
  • Preserve at Jordan Lake
  • Redbud
  • Seaforth Landing
  • The Hamptons
  • The Settlement
  • Westfall
  • Windfall

Our Programs


CORA serves individuals within our community who need food through our choice food pantry. We are open five days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 10 am to 2 pm for choice shopping and Friday between 10 am – 12 pm for drive-through service. CORA’s pantry is set up like a grocery store for choice shopping, and community members choose the food that matches their preferences and needs. Our community members have assorted options when selecting their groceries, from local fresh produce, meats, dairy, bakery items, and shelf-stable staples, to personal hygiene items. Choice food pantries are essential because they address food insecurity, promote dignity and empowerment, offer nutritional variety, engage the community, and provide educational opportunities. By adopting a choice-based approach, CORA contributes to a more inclusive and equitable food system while supporting the well-being of individuals and families in need. Families can visit CORA twice a month.



Mobile Market

CORA’s Mobile Market also provides nutritious food to neighbors facing food insecurity in Chatham County. This program helps us reach those in need of food far beyond the boundaries of our Pantry location in Pittsboro. Approximately 70% of those we serve do not live in Pittsboro or surrounding areas, and lower-income areas in our community are home to several food deserts. We currently distribute food via a drive-through model. Families stay in their cars, and pre-packed groceries are placed in their vehicles. There are assorted options like the Pantry, including local fresh produce, meats, dairy, bakery items, and shelf-stable staples. Each person receives enough food for 21 meals on each visit. We host a Mobile Market in Siler City and at Nature Trail in Chapel Hill each month. We occasionally host additional Mobile Markets at other strategic points around the county where food insecurity is the most prevalent.



CORA’s SNACK! (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) program distributes food to more than 1,300 kids who depend upon free or reduced-cost meals at school during the school year but have little or no replacement for this nutrition when school is not in session. In Chatham County, approximately 50% of public school children receive free or low-cost meals through the federal school lunch program because their family income is at or near the poverty level. SNACK! aims to increase the accessibility of nutritious meals throughout the summer to children facing food insecurity in Chatham County. SNACK! provides each participating child with 21 healthy meals each week from mid-June through mid-August.

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PORCH Communities fights food insecurity by creating sustainable hunger relief programs at the local level. Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH has grown into a repeatable model of monthly neighborhood food drives and fresh produce distribution supplying food pantries, schools, and community programs across the country. PORCH’s volunteer network, now in 550 neighborhoods across 10 states, has contributed more than $12 million dollars in hunger relief.

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