Food Pantry & Clothing Closet
Urban Ministries of Durham operates the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet to address basic emergency needs for food, clothing, diapers and hygiene supplies. Most of those receiving support are not homeless but are trying to stretch very limited resources. Volunteers assisting guests watch for signs that a family is in danger of becoming homeless and can provide referrals to case managers and financial assistance providers for additional support.
For fiscal year 2015-2016, the Food Pantry distributed 133,067 pounds of food, a 23% increase over last year, while the Clothing Closet distributed over 55,000 articles of clothing. Additionally, 17,820 pounds of hygiene items were donated and distributed, an increase of 69% over the previous year. The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet serve an average of 486 households per month.
Guests may receive groceries and/or clothing and/or hygiene items and/or diapers once every 30 days provided that they meet the eligibility requirements and provide documentation. The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet open at 9 am Monday-Thursday to sign up the first 26 community households and 5 shelter clients for services until 11:00am. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the doors open to get in line.This program could not exist without the strong and dedicated support of groups of volunteers from local communities of faith, schools and businesses.
Clothing: Identification and Durham address
Food: Identification and documentation of one of the following criteria:
- Children living in household 18 years of age or younger
- 62 years of age or older
Diapers: In oder to receive diapers, a parent must show:
- Photo ID for themselves and ID for their child, with a birth date (e.g. birth certificate, insurance card)
- Proof of residency within Durham County, by showing a current address with the same name as the photo ID from any of the following documents: bill, WIC voucher, driver's license, or ID card.