CORA Works with the Social Services Community to Help Clients Return to Self Sufficiency
CORA’s approach is to provide emergency food to those individuals and families who are thrust into crisis because of job loss, underemployment, illness, loss of domicile or other critical or life-changing circumstance. Such circumstances are all too commonplace in Chatham County. Currently, more than 11% of Chatham County citizens live in poverty. Half of the county’s school children rely on the federal school lunch program. Our mission is to provide emergency assistance to these families; that is, we want to give our clients one less thing to worry about — a most important thing –while they piece their lives back together after a hardship. CORA provides food for all members of such qualifying families who request food assistance. Families and individuals 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 nutritionally balanced meals for each family member. We hope the end result of our assistance is a return of the client to self sufficiency, but if that is not possible, adequate permanent support from appropriate agencies. CORA also accommodates in a similar fashion those who are certified as needing more than 6 visits in 12 months. Most of these “emergency” visits are for seniors on fixed incomes. More than 20 Chatham County agencies work with CORA to qualify and refer those needing our food pantry assistance. In turn, we refer clients to agencies who can meet their needs other than emergency food. These agencies include Chatham County Social Services, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center, County Health Department, Council on Aging and a number of other nonprofits and churches.
For a complete list of referring agencies click here.