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Chatham Hunger Walk in Pittsboro to benefit CORA food pantry

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - The 24th Annual Chatham Hunger Walk will take place this Sunday at Pittsboro Elementary School at 1:30 pm. The walk winds through historic downtown Pittsboro and the First Sunday artisan fair in a one-mile or three-mile course. Participants solicit donations to support CORA Food Pantry. The fundraising goal for this year's Hunger Walk is $50,000.

"The Hunger Walk is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the success of this year's event is especially critical," says Beth Budd, CORA's Executive Director. "We had such a large increase in demand in the last year that our stock of food is currently very low, and demand remains high. For the first time in our 24 year history, CORA served more than 500 families in one month last November, December and January. We have already had more than 500 families go through the pantry in October this year." From July 2011 through June 2012 CORA served a week's worth of food to 17,094 individuals -- 3000 more people than the year before -- and gave out almost 30 more tons of food, an increase of 23% over the previous year.

"In order to refill our shelves and keep up with the continued increase in demand, we need the community to come together with us at Hunger Walk and raise the money to make that happen," adds Budd. "This year the Junior Appalachian Musicians will perform outside, and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate. We will also have food trucks at the school so folks can enjoy some good local food before the walk." Barney's Famous Hot Dogs and Pop's Diner of Moncure will be selling lunch items including burgers, barbecue and dessert items and donating a portion of proceeds to the Hunger Walk.

Registration for the Hunger Walk and food sales begin at the elementary school at 1:30 p.m. The Walk begins at 2:30 pm.

Also on hand will be the new CORA cookbook, Chatham Count Cooks, featuring 480 recipes from local family kitchens. Sales of the Cookbook benefit CORA's SNACK! Program that provides food for weekday meals to Chatham County's disadvantaged school children during the summer when the free and low cost meals provided at school are not available. This past summer, SNACK! served 1005 children during the 10 weeks of summer. More than 4000 children (50%) received food during the school year in the federal school lunch program. The cookbook is $15 and is also available at several local stores and restaurants and at the Food Pantry at 40 Camp Drive in Pittsboro.

If you would like to sponsor a child for the 2013 SNACK! Program, you can also sign up for a monthly giving program at the Hunger Walk. For $13 a month, you can provide to a Chatham County child 10 nutritionally balanced meals a week plus healthy snacks for the ten weeks of summer vacation. "Without this critical food support during the summer these food insecure children often do not know where their next meal is coming from," says Rebecca Borchard, CORA's SNACK! Program Coordinator. "We're calling these special donors our 'SNACK! Angels.' We'll be offering our Angels some special little extras throughout the year like 'SNACK! Angel' caps and shopping bags and special updates on the children in the program this coming summer." Sponsorships will also be available throughout the year by calling CORA at 919-545-3030.

Preregistration before Sunday is not necessary to participate in the Hunger Walk. Any person or group can register starting at 1:30 pm on Sunday at Pittsboro Elementary. Any group can walk as a team - school groups, clubs, neighborhoods, work colleagues, church groups, sports teams, or just a group of friends. Single walkers are also welcome. There is no fee to participate in the Walk, but a donation of $20 is suggested to receive a Hunger Walk T-shirt. You can download Team Captain materials on the CORA web site at www.corafoodpantry.org.

CORA was established in 1989 with the mission to provide emergency food to Chatham County residents who have a need for temporary community support to keep themselves and their families fed. Chatham County families in crisis or hardship may receive food from CORA with a referral from a county social services agency, nonprofit human services agency or church pastor. Eligible families and individuals receive a week's worth of nutritionally balanced food for each family member. For more information email execdirector@corafoodpantry.org or visit the website.

 
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