The SNACK! Program

The SNACK! Program

Miss the registrations? You can register here!

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Fill out this form and you’ll recieve a card in a couple of weeks with the pick up site’s information. Bring the card to your food pick-ups!


Each summer CORA distributes food to more than 1000 hungry kids who depend on federal school meals for adequate nutrition during the school year, but who have little or no replacement for this nutrition when school is not in session.

SNACK! provides food for these meals — 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and daily snacks — for 10 weeks mid-June through mid-August.

2018 Program


SNACK! holds registration events at locations throughout the county in mid-April. Any child 2-18 can be registered for the program.

SNACK! Enrollment is limited. Make sure to register at one of these sites!

Registration Times and Locations:

Day and Time Location Address
Tuesday, April 10th
Virginia Cross Elementary 234 Cross School Rd.,
Siler City
Wednesday, April 11th
Jordan Matthews HS 910 East Cardinal St.,
Siler City
Thursday, April 12th
J.S. Waters School 55 JS Waters School Rd.,
Monday, April 16th
Siler City Elementary 671 Ellington Rd.,
Siler City
Tuesday, April 17th
North Chatham Elementary 3380 Lystra Rd.,
Chapel Hill
Thursday, April 19th
Pittsboro Elementary  325 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd.,
Friday, April 20th
Nature Trail  326 Nature Trail,
Chapel Hill


Pick-Up Locations

This year we have 17 pick-up locations located throughout the county. Each site has different days and times that they give out food during the delivery week. These different days and times allow for those of many different schedules to find a site that works for them.

(Note: Chatham UMC was incorrectly labeled as Cedar Grove UMC on the Peachjar flyer. Site 12 is Chatham UMC.
Also, Merritt’s Chapel was incorrectly placed, it is now in its correct location.)


Site Pick-Up Days and Times:

Starting the week of June 11th until the week of August 9th these sites will serve as distribution sites for the SNACK! program at these days and times.

Site Day Time
Centro Familiar Cristiano Tuesday 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wren Memorial Library TBD
El Camino United Methodist Church Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
First United Methodist Church Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mt. Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church Tuesday  11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Bennett Baptist Church Wednesday  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pine Hill United Church of Christ Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meroney United Methodist Church Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Goldston Public Library Thursday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goldston United Methodist Church Tuesday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Taylor’s Chapel Tuesday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chatham United Methodist Church Wednesday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CORA Food Pantry Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pittsboro Kiwanis Club Thursday  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pittsboro United Methodist Church Wednesday  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sprott Youth Center  Thursday  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 Merritt’s Chapel Wednesday  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Need

Chatham Needed a Summer Food Program for School Children

Did you know that 50% of public school children in Chatham County receive free or low cost meals (breakfast and lunch) through the federal school lunch program because their family income is at or near poverty level?

That’s more than 4000 Chatham County school children who will likely not have adequate replacements for these meals during the summer. Because Chatham is a large rural county (709 square miles) with scant public transportation, federal programs that require serving prepared meals at a central location are not practical here in the summer for the families of these kids.

A new kind of program was needed to better ensure accessibility and to better address the transportation difficulties of those families who needed services.  CORA Food Pantry created SNACK! (Summer Nutritional  Assistance for Chatham Kids) in 2009 to address these challenges and to help assure adequate nutrition year-round for these disadvantaged children.

How it Works

Client identification and enrollment: Families with children who receive free or reduced lunch enroll their eligible children to collect food from their choice of 14 or more distribution sites located throughout the county.

Food Distribution:  SNACK!  runs from mid-June to mid-August for 10 weeks.   Beginning in the summer of 2016 food distribution changed to “client choice.” Instead of giving each child a pre-packed box of food, foods are displayed like a small grocery store and parents and children are able to choose from several items in most categories (protein, vegetable, fruit, etc.). Client choice better serves the needs and preferences of individual families and better engages children in the process.

The Food:  Children will get enough food for 10+ nutritionally balanced meals ( 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and healthy snacks) each week during summer break including fresh local produce from Farmer Food Share.

Our SNACK! Partners: CORA Food Pantry oversees management of SNACK! Chatham County Schools & Dept. of Social Services help to enroll and qualify eligible children. Distribution sites have included Take and Eat Food Pantry, West Chatham Food Pantry, God’s Helping Hand Food Pantry, Pittsboro Kiwanis, and as many as 13 local churches.

Become a SNACK! Angel

The cost of the SNACK! program for one week for one child is only $15! Won’t you help by sponsoring one or more of these deserving children during the summer?

Sponsor a SNACK! child for the Summer

Full Sponsorship: For one child (10 weeks) “SNACK! Angel”:  $150 one time payment  or $13 a month (by auto pay) or 3 monthly payments of $50 (by auto pay)

Half Sponsorship (5 weeks):   $ 75

Weekly Sponsorship:    $ 15 per week

CORA Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Checks.

Donation Form

Or click on the “Donate” button in the top right corner of this page. Please enter “SNACK sponsor” on the “Purpose” line.

For more information contact Beth Budd at 919-545-3030 or

The 2016 SNACK! Program was funded in part by major grants from the following:

walmart logoWalmart Foundation
County LogoChatham County Government
Rolander Family Foundation
United Way Logo (2)United Way of Chatham County
food lion logoFood Lion Foundation

Operation Round Up

Maximus Foundation
Carolina Preserve Cares
Women of Fearrington
Christ United Methodist Church