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Dignity through Food and Community

With your investment, we can create a dignified, accessible space for every hungry person who walks through our doors.

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The Need

We see the stress of food insecurity in the faces of our neighbors every day. Hungry people wait in line for an open chair at the Community Kitchen, which serves more than 39,000 meals a year. Food Pantry volunteers send home more than 13,000 bags of groceries every year.

The Individual

Food insecurity means being without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. It can result in hunger. Read Margaret's Story.

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The Community

Food insecurity affects almost 20,000 Orange County residents, making hunger a daily issue for too many people.

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IFC

The financial and logistical demands of running programs in aging buildings located a mile apart limit IFC's ability to do more.

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One out of seven Orange County residents is food insecure and at risk for hunger.

Nearly one out of five Orange County children is food insecure and at risk for hunger

Our Response

After years of careful planning, IFC is launching a $5.3 million capital campaign to transform its property at 110 W. Main Street in Carrboro. Our location is near several of the few remaining affordable rental housing communities in Orange County and accessible by foot, bicycle and public transportation.

The New Space

A 16,000 square-foot facility, FoodFirst will centralize services in a dignified space. IFC will be able to feed more women, men and children with better food and make sure their basic needs are met.


A Bigger Community Kitchen

The new Community Kitchen can serve 1,000 more meals every month. We also expect to host more women and children

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Welcoming Community Space

IFC is committed to building community power by fostering belonging and resilience through collective action. Food…

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A Best Practice Pantry

IFC will implement a member-choice pantry, in addition to stocking more fresh, healthy food.  - Expanded cold…

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Impact

Co-locating food resources and services reduces the burden on people who go hungry and already struggle to make ends meet. Community Kitchen volunteers can serve 1,000 more meals each month. A member-choice Food Pantry will stock 25 percent more fresh food, and members can also leave with resources and referrals to stay healthy and housed.

For IFC Members

FoodFirst supports our neighbors' health and nutrition, increases their ability to stay housed, and encourages participation in community l…

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For Volunteers & Donors

Your gifts to IFC of time, money, and food will go further thanks to FoodFirst, plus you'll also enjoy the purpose-built, functional space!…

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For Chapel Hill & Carrboro

IFC can give back to the community that has sustained us for 55 years!  Th…

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Timeline

January 2009

IFC Board approved FoodFirst concept

January 2010

Jim Spencer Architects engaged.

May 2017

Town of Carrboro approved re-zoning

July 2017

CT Wilson Construction engaged

July 1, 2018

Public campaign phase kicked off

June 2019

Food Pantry relocates

July 2019

Construction begins

July 2020

Grand opening

Our Progress

Our progress in reaching our goal of $5.3 million.

Current Amount Funded: $2.85 million

Goal

$5.3 million

Amount
Funded

$2.85 million

Who's Involved

All 36 members of IFC’s Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet have made lead gifts to FoodFirst.

FoodFirst Campaign Cabinet

“Weaver Street Market’s large network of owners and shoppers is raising funds to purchase a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables for IFC’s Food Pantry members. Everyone involved has a common goal of healthy food choices for ALL families in our community.”

- Brenda Camp, Weaver Street Market

IFC consistently looks for innovative ways to ensure everyone in our community has access to fresh, healthy foods. We’re incredibly grateful that, through our combined efforts, we are able to extend our impact.

- Kate Rugani, Farmer Foodshare

Partners, Collaboraters, and Allies

Collaborators

The Community Kitchen and Food Pantry actively collaborate with organizations to relieve hunger. Together we strategize on how to increase …

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Partners

IFC’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry regularly receive food from other generous partners throughout the community including: …

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Allies

IFC is proud to be allies with other organizations to address food insecurity in Orange County, both on an individual and systemic level. T…

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