From Staff Reports
The Orange County Emergency Operations Center is requesting donations of non-perishable food to support the COVID-19 response.
Many community members have temporarily lost jobs and income and need help, according to a press release from the county. “We know our community members want to support this effort, and we have created a safe, no-contact way for you to help.”
The requested items include:
- Non-perishable, unopened food (canned, boxed, bagged, etc), but not frozen or refrigerated items or homemade foods.
- Unopened hand sanitizer
- Pet supplies, including clean leashes, collars, toys, unopened food — either dry or canned — and unopened, in-date flea/tick medications
- Baby and child care items, including in-date, unopened baby formula and food; diaper packs, preferably unopened; and uopened wet wipes
The county does not want clothing, perishable, frozen or refrigerated food items, homemade human or pet foods or prescription or OTC drugs/supplements.
The county is not asking the community to go out to shop for these items, but rather to donate materials residents already have.
Donated items can be brought to Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W Main St., or Hillsborough Town Hall Annex, 105 E Corbin St., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No donor should leave their car. Put donations in the trunk/hatch or pickup bed. A volunteer will take donations out of the vehicle.
These sites are for donations only. No distribution will be allowed from these sites. The donated items will go to a central sorting and storage facility to be accessed by existing community nonprofit feeding partners, such as food pantries, Meals on Wheels and other partners providing food services to the community.
For those who want to donate but don’t wish to drive to a drop-off location, fill out this form and a representative will collect the donation. Monetary donations can be made through the Orange County Community Giving Fund. Choose the School Supplies and Food Pantry option from the pulldown menu.
For more information, call 919-245-6111 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.