Chatham Food Hub to boost local families and businesses

Pittsboro, NC – This summer the Chatham Food Hub will take meal time to a new level, allowing families to pre-order delicious food from their favorite local businesses and pick it up at one location. The Food Hub, which is comparable to a drive-through food court, will set up at Bray Park in Siler City and operate every week beginning August 5, 2020.

“The Chatham Food Hub is a one-stop shop to safely buy food from multiple local businesses that the community knows and loves,” said Neha Shah, director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s a win-win for so many hard-working people in our community as the purchases will support the local economy and create jobs for Chatham County residents.”

How the Chatham Food Hub Works

·        Businesses add special family-size meals and farm-fresh produce to the weekly Food Hub menu. CORA Food Pantry also provides up to 50 free emergency food boxes each week.

·        Residents order menu items online here. Items from multiple businesses may be ordered at once. Orders must be placed each Friday at midnight for pickup the following Wednesday. Orders must be made before midnight on Friday, July 31 to pick them up on Wednesday, August 5.

·        Businesses prepare and bring orders to Bray Park in Siler City every Wednesday.

·        Customers may drive or walk to Bray Park to get their order between 4-7 p.m. Drivers can stay in their car for pickup. Local employees hand out orders while following COVID-19 safety precautions

·        Families enjoy local food, and businesses enjoy more sales and job opportunities.

“After months of stay-at-home orders and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my hope is that the Chatham Food Hub will provide a fun, safe way for people to support local business and enjoy a good meal,” said Eleanor Wertman, the UNC Health Alliance Program Manager for Community Health. “We are excited that this effort will help feed Chatham County families and at the same time give local restaurants, farmers and caterers an economic lift.”

“I am thrilled that our efforts over the past several weeks will allow the Chatham community to support these wonderful vendors and offer them new revenue streams during this uncertain time,” said Hilary Pollan, community partners analyst for Chatham County. “We hope that the Food Hub will help families experiencing food insecurity through free food boxes available from CORA and meals sponsored by local churches and organizations.”

Hub Director Eleanor Wertman and Hub Coordinator Martha Ebert visited Bray Park with Siler City Parks and Recreation Director Jack Clelland and Ken from Wilson Brothers Milling & Trucking Co.

The Chatham Food Hub is made possible by a collaboration of more than a dozen local organizations and non-profits. More information about the Chatham Food Hub, including participating local vendors, can be found here or on Facebook: @chathamfoodhub.

Participating Vendors (as of 7.31.20) :

  • Bestfood Cafeteria
  • Compadres Mexican Restaurants
  • CORA
  • Ever Reach Farm
  • Green Panda Farms
  • Rojo Canela
  • The Root Cellar

Vendors interested in participating may contact the Food Hub coordination team at .