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Carolina Meadows residents support CORA with fundraising and food drive

Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Chapel Hill, NC - Carolina Meadows residents Henry Landsberger and Jim Abrahamson, the 2011 co-chairs of the CORA (Chatham Outreach Alliance) food drive at Carolina Meadows, were thrilled with the response from residents and staff to their call for donations of canned food and money to benefit the Chatham County food pantry. Totaling almost $8,000, this year’s financial contributions exceeded last year’s by 27 percent, and the drive brought in close to 500 pounds of food.

Landsberger and Abrahamson attribute this success to residents’ concerns about the impact of the recession on Chatham County families and the increased need for food supplies this year. Carolina Meadows has been sponsoring food drives to support CORA since 2001, and CORA was one of eight recipients of Carolina Meadows’ 2010 Community Grants. Additionally, at least 15 residents regularly volunteer their time at CORA’s food pantry.

Founded in 1989, CORA is a non-profit agency that provides emergency food supplies to Chatham County families who are referred to them through a social service agency or local church. In 2010, CORA served an estimated 14,500 families and doled out 150 tons (300,000 pounds) of food. Also in 2010, CORA instituted a new program, called S.N.A.C.K. (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids), which provides weekly food allotments during the ten weeks of summer to children who rely on free and reduced-cost meals when school is in session.

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