CORA Breaks Ground!

Expanding our Capacity and Increasing our Impact!

Chatham Outreach Alliance hosted its groundbreaking ceremony for their new building on November 27, 2018. This event brought together community leaders, organizational partners, and valued supporters to celebrate this important milestone in their organization’s history. Speakers included Melissa Driver Beard, CORA’s Executive Director, Linda Todd, CORA’s Board President, and Chatham County Commissioner, Diana Hales.

In 2015, CORA’s Board of Directors presented the County with the need for CORA’s expansion due to the increase in demand for services. In 2007, we served 216,867 meals. Compare this to 2018, more than 500,000 meals were provided to families across Chatham County.  And research indicates that there are at least 7,000 more people facing food insecurity in Chatham County who have not yet received assistance. Thanks to the County’s support and vision for a healthy and vibrant community, they committed to helping us meet the need through a new building.  In 2019, CORA will be opening the doors to a 2,800 square foot facility that will serve as the Food Pantry and as much needed warehouse space for their operations. “We at CORA are overjoyed that our partnership with Chatham County will support this growth so that we – together – can continue to address food insecurity in Chatham County. We continue to see an increase in demand and this new facility will help us meet that demand,” said Melissa Driver Beard, CORA’s Executive Director. The existing building will undergo upgrades and serve as the family reception area, administrative offices, and community space.

CORA serves any Chatham County resident who needs emergency food. We are open five days a week, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 2 pm (excluding state holidays). Clients can receive a week’s worth of groceries up to six times in a 12-month period. These weekly food allotments are selected to provide 21 nutritious meals for each family member. However, when additional assistance is needed beyond six visits, CORA makes sure each client gets the help they need. The pantry is a place of hope and comfort for many in our community, a respite from their struggles where there is always an empathetic ear, supportive smile, and shelves of food to help meet their needs.