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Below, you will find various resources for obtaining food or related resources in the Chapel Hill area:


Carolina Cupboard

An on-campus food pantry that provides food at no cost to students

Located in Avery Residence Hall’s basement (295 Ridge Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) which can be accessed through the side doors.

New Students: 

Fill out the Demographic Survey and Registration Form. You can fill these forms out online or at the pantry.

During your first visit to the pantry, please bring your OneCard to verify your identification.

Hours of operation:

Mondays: 3pm-7pm

Wednesdays: 3pm-7pm

Fridays: 2pm-5pm

If none of these times work for you, please contact to set up an appointment.


Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS)

STEPS seeks to help students and future professionals find the correct information to pursue and advance public sector careers.

The Steps Food Security Guide allows readers to learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), options for college students, and resources for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). It also provides information about reduced school lunch and other food assistance programs they, their families, and their friends may be eligible for. Furthermore, the guide features great tips and insights from Alexandra Ashbrook, the director of special projects and initiatives at the Food Research & Action Center. You can read the full guide at the link below.
Resources & Support to Promote Food Security:


The Sonder Market

Sells fresh, affordable, and locally sourced produce on UNC’s campus

Hours of Operation:

Mondays 12pm-2pm

Location: In front of Davis Library


Edible Campus UNC

Edible Campus Satellite Gardens: garden beds across campus that are free for a passerby to pick

Locations: Davis Library, Fetzer Gym, Graham Residence Hall, Hardin Residence Hall, Lenoir Dining Hall, Rams Head Plaza, SASB Plaza, Stacy Residence Hall


Nourish UNC

Hunger Lunch

Provides a healthy lunch at a low cost every other Wednesday 


Oct 16th, Nov 6th, and Nov 20th of Fall 2019 Semester


Heavenly Groceries

Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial is a certified food bank and ministry of St. Joseph CME Church, dedicated to providing quality produce and grocery items to the under-served communities in and surrounding Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Provides free food items – bring 3-4 plastic or reusable bags to carry home food

Where: ​510 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill; 919-929-1116

When: Monday through Friday, 4pm-5pm. Sign up begins at 3:30pm

How to Access: ​Sign up at 510 W. Rosemary Street starting at 3:30 any


Food Stamps (FNS or SNAP)

Federal food assistance program that helps low-income families by providing monthly allotments through EBT Cards. Eligibility for college students varies. For more information visit -USDA SNAP​.

Individuals can apply through the Orange County Department of Social Services –

Location: 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; (919) 968-2000

When: Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm

Apply through the Orange County Department of Social Services. You may go to their physical location, call, or apply ​online​.


Inter-Faith Council

Community Kitchen

Hot meals at no charge – 100 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

Meal Times:

Monday-Friday:​ Lunch 11:15am -12:30pm, Dinner 6:15pm -7:00pm

Saturday:​ Lunch 11:15am -12:30pm

Sunday​: Lunch 12:15pm -1:30pm


Crisis Intervention Program​ 

Provides food, clothing, rent, utility assistance, help obtaining IDs, transportation, information and referrals, and some members eligible for monthly groceries.

Call 919-929-6380 (ext. 19)

When: Tuesdays beginning at 9am


Food Pantry​ 

Households in Chapel Hill or Carrboro, or in which an adult works in those communities, may become members of the Pantry who are welcome to receive groceries once a month.  Grocery quantities offered are based on the number of people in the household.

When: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5 pm

Tuesdays and Wednesdays – often open until 7pm

Members may walk-in during the morning, and afternoons are by advance appointment only. Call between 9 am and 5 pm to schedule an appointment.

Where: ​110 W. Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510; 919-929-6380

How to Access: ​Come during meal times to get a hot meal, or contact IFC for
the Crisis Intervention Program or Food Pantry access.