October food drive to assist CORA in meeting spike in demand

Pittsboro, NC – Nearly 20,000 individuals in Chatham County face food insecurity, meaning they lack regular access to the nutritious food they need. So far this year, CORA has experienced a 50% increase in Pantry participation, and they expect that this number will continue to grow in the months to come.

Join CORA in building a community without hunger by participating in the CORA Hunger Heroes food drive! During the month of October, CORA will be partnering with local businesses and community groups to collect food for the pantry. As many families face a loss of income due to COVID-19 and current families face uncertainty, the demand for their services has increased dramatically. Your support is essential and will strengthen CORA’s ability to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors get the food they need.

Items Most Needed:

  • Canned salmon
  • Canned pineapple
  • Maseca
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Canned green beans
  • Cereal bars
  • Olive oil
  • Canned peas
  • SPAM

How You Can Help:

Give at a store or a business – You can make a food donation at local grocery stores and businesses. Please donate household and nonperishable food items in boxes, cans, or plastic containers. CORA will soon have a list of participating businesses! If you are a business interested in collecting donations, please contact Rebecca Hankins at %20" target="_blank"> to get a food drive bin. Get all the details here.

Volunteer – You can help make this drive a success and provide literally tons of food to your neighbors in need. We need volunteers to collect food each week from local grocery stores and businesses. Please email Rebecca Hankins at " target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> to lend a helping hand.

Give Online – Can’t make it to a store, but still want to participate? Fantastic! You can help your neighbors in need right from the comfort of your home with just a few clicks. Donate online!

To learn more about this month long event, please visit website.


CORA’s mission is to provide food to individuals and families within our community who are in need during difficult personal economic periods.  For more information, please visit corafoodpantry.org or contact Rebecca Hankins at or 919-491-5896.