Opportunities for Youth

Opportunities for Youth

Food Drives can be a great opportunity to introduce young kids to charitable giving.

Food Drives can be a great opportunity to introduce young kids to charitable giving.

 Volunteer Opportunities for Youth

We at CORA are very familiar with the community service requirements for some Chatham schools, and wholeheartedly support this program. We know how important it is for young people to develop a compassionate heart and take action.

Because CORA functions more like a grocery, letting clients choose their food, we have very few volunteer opportunities “in-house” for youth. Volunteers must be 18 to help clients through the pantry, and our hours are 10 am to 2 pm during school hours. However, there are many things kids can do to earn service hours through CORA with a little extra initiative and creativity. Here are some ideas:


Northwood Students at Chatham Empty Bowls

If you are under 18 years of age and are looking for ways to volunteer and/or need community service hours for school or scouts, we have the following suggestions:

  • Sponsor a food drive in your school or community
  • Gather items for our Birthday Closet or Reading Corner/Play Area
  • Put together a walking team for our Annual Hunger Walk (in the fall)
  • Help serve soup at the Annual Empty Bowls Event ( in the spring)
  • Help out at a S.N.A.C.K. (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) distribution site (starting in April contact snack@corafoodpantry.org for more info.)
  • Start a community garden

Volunteering after Pantry hours and on weekends are unfortunately extremely limited, but you can do some of the above activities anytime and still make a difference in your community and help a family in need.

If you are interested in any of the above activities, please contact Natalie Stewart at 542-5020 or natalie@corafoodpantry.org.

Some other examples that students did last year are:

  • Put together 25 birthday bags for our 25th birthday.
  • Start a PORCH program in your neighborhood, block or street (PORCH is a monthly food drive).
  • Make special baked goods for the holiday of your choice, sell to neighbors and friends, and donate the proceeds to the pantry.
  • Plant flowers in front of the CORA building.

soda bread vols 2

 Gabriella and Sophia Campana and Sean and Rachel Stephens present a check for $600 to CORA! They raised the money by baking Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day and selling to  neighbors and friends.

If it would helpful for you to tour the pantry, we can arrange something on a weekend. It might help you to start thinking about some other creative ways to contribute.

We have more information on all of the programs mentioned here. Let us know what interests you and we’ll send the appropriate material. (BTW, gathering items for the Birthday Closet is always a popular project for kids and youth groups – because they know what kids want!)

Feel free to call or email. We are happy to work with you to find something that is not just rewarding but fun.