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 2016-2017, the Food Pantry distributed 127,435 pounds of food, while the Clothing Closet distributed over 46,300 articles of clothing. Additionally, more than seven tons of hygiene items were donated and distributed. The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet serve an average of 530 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 is open:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3 pm

Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 am and 5-6:30 pm

Services are available to the first 20 households and 5 shelter clients during each time slot. 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

Clothing: Photo ID and Durham address

Food: Photo ID and documentation of one of the following criteria:

  • Children living in household 18 years of age or younger
  • Disability
  • 62 years of age or older
  • NEW: Underemployed (present work schedule showing fewer than 30 hours per week)

Diapers: In order to receive diapers, a parent must show:

  • Photo ID for themselves and ID for their child, with a birthdate (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.

Volunteer Training  

Email bglenn-steiner@umdurham.org. The training is generally offered once a month during each of the following times:

• 9-11 am
• 1-3 pm
• 4:45-6:45 pm