Food for Children in Chatham County

Kids Eat Free provided by Chatham County Schools

For those of you desiring a worthwhile endeavor to support during these difficult times, please consider the Chatham County Schools (CCS) food for kids. CCS fed over 2600 meals to children in our community, providing free breakfast and lunch. Meals can be picked up daily at fourteen (14) school sites and mobile delivery is made to six (6) additional sites. Food is available to all children regardless of what school they attend and or where they reside.

The Chatham County School Nutrition Services works with two food pantries who also provide food to the kids: West Chatham Food Bank and CORA.  The following provides information about the programs and where donations can be made. 

Chatham County Schools 

These are extraordinary times, affecting everyone and Chatham County Schools (CCS) are providing free breakfast and lunch to all children, ages 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up curbside at school locations, and mobile delivery is made to additional sites.  Food is available to all children regardless of what school they attend or where they reside. Adult meals can be purchased, $2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

Families may pick up food distributed by the Chatham County School Nutrition staff and school employees, at curbside, minimizing any safety concerns. Information and updates on meal services, including locations and times, are available at Nutrition Services Facebook.

Food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers with a safety label including instructions for safe food handling information.

Donations are welcome to the Chatham County School Nutrition Program.

Please make the check payable to Chatham County School Nutrition Services, 369 West Street, PO Box 128, Pittsboro NC 27312

Information is available about Chatham County Schools District Website and Facebook page. 

Food Pantries

West Chatham Food Pantry (Chatham Residents Only)

Feeding the children is their number one priority, as well as their families, if possible. West Chatham Food Pantry Fuel Up program provides about 1000 weekend bags monthly to five schools, approximately 2700 students. Due to the coronavirus, they may expand service to local churches who have children in need. Additionally, they are starting to provide Fuel Up bags to children through their drive-up service at the pantry.

West Chatham Food Pantry welcomes and would much appreciate:

Food donations: rice, dried pinto beans, canned items, franks & beans, pasta, canned corn, chicken ramen noodles, cereal cups, white and chocolate milk, chicken noodle soup, animal crackers or nabs, fruit packs, diced tomatoes and small fruit cups or pudding. 

Monetary donations:  West Chatham Food Pantry, include on the memo line Fuel Up and mail to PO Box 254, Siler City NC 27344.

Curbside drop off food donations are available at the Pantry – new address is 2535 Old Hwy 421N Siler City 27344, (919) 742-3111. The food pantry is open Monday 4:30 to 6pm, Wednesday 12:30 – 2pm and Friday 12:30 – 2pm.

Food donations can be made at any time. If the pantry is closed, contact lougiovenco@gmail.com or call (941) 468- 5130. Lou will meet anyone who would like to donate, opening the doors to the pantry.  For information and questions, send an email to wcfoodpantry@gmail.com

CORA (Chatham Outreach Alliance)

CORA provides food to individuals and families within our community who are in need during difficult personal economic periods. These are extraordinary times and CORA is continuing their work to create a community without hunger. CORA is grateful for you and their partners’ work to support vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The true strength of a community lies in our ability to come together and care for each other, especially during times of need and uncertainty. 

 CORA welcomes and would much appreciate:

Food donations: canned veggies, fruits, and proteins, such as tuna, chicken, SPAM, and ham. In addition,  kid-friendly food is appreciated, such as single-serve mac and cheese, applesauce, cereal bars, fruit snacks, cheese and crackers, and juice boxes. 

Monetary donations: CORA can make a dollar go much further than an individual can because they’re able to buy in bulk. Please send donations to CORA at PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or give securely online here. 

Curbside drop off donations can be made at the Pantry: 40 Camp Drive in Pittsboro, NC, 919-542-5020, Monday through Friday between 9am and 3pm.

For the latest news and updates, check their website.

The most recent updates to Food for Children in Chatham County can be found here.

We will be posting resources for other counties on this website as we find them. Please check back frequently.

Citizens Demand Emergency Action from NC Legislature to Ease COVID-19 Hardships

Dear Governor Cooper, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Speaker of the House Tim Moore,  and all NC Senators and Representatives,

As North Carolinians, our Tuesdays with Tillis group has been gathering outside Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office for the past 163 consecutive Tuesdays to bring attention to the unmet needs of the people of North Carolina. Tomorrow, and for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, we will practice social distancing and meet virtually online each week to continue our witness in this time of peril brought on by a global pandemic that now includes a growing number of cases in our State.

Today, we are calling upon Governor Cooper, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, and all NC Senators and Representatives to meet in an emergency special session to be convened immediately on a virtual basis.

We call upon you to address the following issues which require an immediate and effective response to take care of the people you were elected to serve:

1) Take all necessary action now to ensure that the 2020 elections take place as scheduled, with a paper ballot provided to all registered voters with a pre-addressed postage-paid envelope, as Oregon has done successfully since 2000;

2) Expand Medicaid to all citizens who currently live without benefit of health care coverage. This alone would provide the State with $4 billion in added economic growth;

3) Provide no-cost health insurance for all currently uninsured children living in the State;

4) Extend unemployment insurance to all workers;

5) Provide all workers with paid sick leave;

6) Provide a guaranteed minimum income to all North Carolinians for the duration of the pandemic;

7) Increase the State minimum wage to $15 an hour;

8) Ensure that all children who receive free meals at school will continue to be fed;

9) Honor and extend the mandated 30-day moratorium on evictions, provide safe shelter for the homeless, and create a permanent plan for affordable housing throughout the State; and

10) Establish state-wide provisions for food and other necessities to be delivered to anyone who is in quarantine, including those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Emergency plans for our senior citizens also must be implemented.

All of these demands can be met with funds from the State’s Rainy Day Fund. That day has come.

We look forward to your immediate response.

Sincerely,

Tuesdays with Tillis

Weekly Protest

Tuesdays with Tillis Marches in HKonJ. Lady Liberty and other members carrying a banner on Fayetteville Street.
Photo credit: Greg Stewart

Due to the recommended COVID-19 guidelines, we will be reducing our presence in front of Senator Tillis’ office temporarily. Please join us virtually by signing up for our tiny letter and following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or MeWe.  We will also post here when we resume normal marches. In the meantime, we are working on continuing our activism as a community remotely. Please stay healthy and we will see you all in person soon!

Tillis the Juror Accepted Bribes from Trump

Tuesdays with Tillis protesters celebrating their 150th week marching in front of Thom Tillis' office. Signs read Tillis Supports LiarsTrump is giving campaign contributions to Tillis, Burr, and other Republican Senators. They are jurors about to vote on his removal from office. How is that not felony bribery? We are honored to welcome Bob Phillips, Executive Director of Common Cause NC, as our speaker. We will also be part of the taping of a French documentary centered on the illegal campaign contributions that got Tillis elected in 2016 and how he is using the same tactics in 2020.

Article here

 

We Demand a Trial with Witnesses

Tuesdays with Tillis protesters celebrating their 150th week marching in front of Thom Tillis' office. Signs read Tillis Supports Liars

 

Senator TIllis has already stated that he plans to find the president innocent. He must be reminded that he is a juror and, in the impeachment trial, will take an oath to be impartial. The trial will be a sham without witnesses. We demand that Pompeo, Mulvaney, and Guiliani be called as witnesses and that Senator TIllis recuse himself if he finds himself unable to be impartial.

MoveOn Impeach and Remove

Impeach and Remove graphic, red with red and black letters.

Dear Friends,

Our Raleigh Impeach and Remove event is set for Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30 in Bicentennial Plaza. The impeachment vote is scheduled for Wednesday, 12/18, but even if that schedule changes, we will still protest on Tuesday evening.

We are very excited to have some fantastic speakers, musicians and over 1500 attendees! We will start with a rally at 5:30, have a march (under 1 mile) around the Capitol Building or a vigil in the plaza and then a closing rally back in Bicentennial Plaza.

Please keep inviting people to this event. You can use this link to spread the word by email and social media.  Send it far and wide so people can find the event closest to them. On social media before and after the event, use the hashtag #NotAboveTheLaw. If you take pictures during the event, please send them to photos@moveon.org

The sun will be setting as we gather, so bring a flashlight if you have one. Signs and costumes are welcome. If you can’t get there at 5:30, no worries, we will be there until 7:30 at least.

Above all, we want to have a peaceful protest, one in which children and physically fragile people can be safe and we all feel comfortable. If there are counter protesters, don’t engage them. We also want to be respectful to the police. If we all are vigilant keeping each other safe and being welcoming and friendly, we will have a great rally.

Thank you for your support of democracy, the rule of law and our constitution at this crucial time in our country’s history. You are making public support for impeachment visible.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. You can also post questions on our facebook event. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Sincerely,

Karen, Mike, and Marci

Tuesdays with Tillis

Now We Really Need to Impeach Trump

Protesters at Senator Tillis Office. Signs say Democracy is under Attack and Impeach.

We have learned so much from the impeachment hearings; perhaps the most important thing we know now is that Trump is actively spreading disinformation which originated with Putin. He and his GOP allies have been caught in a Russian intelligence deception in the conspiracy theories about Ukraine. What to do about it? Our speaker is Aylett Colston, one of the most brilliant legal thinkers and activists in our community. #NoOneIsAboveTheLaw

Support Impeachment

Senator Tillis co-sponsored Lindsey Graham’s resolution complaining about the process in the House, and he approved of the obstruction of the hearing on Wednesday by representatives of his party, which delayed it by 5 hours. The American people want the truth, and we need to keep pointing out the costs of this presidency to the rule of law, our democratic process, our elections, our allies, and our values. People are exhausted by all the news coming out of Washington, yes, but meanwhile we absolutely must build public pressure to remove this president.

Stop the War on Immigrants

The president’s attacks on immigrants, especially those who are people of color, have continued to escalate with the help of the Supreme Court and the failure of the Senate to hold him accountable. We must stand up and demand an end to deportation, to the concentration camps, to for-profit detention centers, and to the separation of families. We must demand a clean DREAM act and an end to white supremacist policies and racist rhetoric. We must demand an end to the funding of this reign of terror.

Stop the Attacks on Women’s Healthcare

Peaceful protest at Senator Tillis’ office

Stop the attacks on reproductive health care for all – whether it is lack of pregnancy support, restrictions on contraception and abortion, or lack of access to comprehensive reproductive health care, it all compromises our reproductive freedom. Join speakers from NC NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and Action NC.

Attacks on abortion include bans, protestors who feel entitled to interfere with personal medical decisions, and real abortion clinics being outnumbered by fake clinics (CPCs). We are also seeing higher costs and less availability of care due to loss of Title X funding, less and inequitable healthcare coverage, and high poor maternal and infant outcomes for African Americans.

Wake County just made a plan because the infant mortality rate for African American babies in Wake County is astronomically higher than the statewide rate:
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article234253812.html

Attacks on Planned Parenthood and other comprehensive reproductive health care programs impact all aspects of women’s health.