How to Help Durham Families During Pandemic

April 10, 2020

Below is an evolving list of organizations that are providing amazing support to Durham families during the Covid19 pandemic. If you know of any other organizations you think should be added to this list please contact us at

DPS Foundation

The DPS Foundation is providing weekend meals to 1,500+ DPS Families facing food insecurity during school closure. Coordinating directly with the school district and youth-serving non-profits they ensure support efforts are aligned and resources are allocated to the most pressing needs.

“Together we can make sure no student goes hungry or falls behind because of COVID-19.”


Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative

Organized by Durham Public School student, Elijah King with local business owner of Homebucha Kombucha Grand Ruhlman and local farmer George O’Neil of Lil Farm. The group provides 100 meals a day, 5 days a week. Donations not only provide free food for families but also food service workers and local farmers who have been hit hard with this pandemic.


McDougald Terrace Supplies Needed

McDougald Terrace residents who remain in hotels need additional donations for the remaining time that they are relocated, items include:

  • Bottled Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils
  • Tupperware Products to Store Food
  • School Supplies, but preferably activities to occupy children while out of school

If you are able to donate any of these items, please deliver them to 51B Ridgeway Avenue. DHA is continuing to take precautionary measures to slow and stop the spread of coronavirus, and will adjust operations further as needed. Please stay safe and take the necessary precautions during the spread of the Coronavirus.

Duke Assistance Fund

If you are a community member or business that would like to support the Durham community please make monetary gifts directly to the Duke-Durham Fund. Funds go directly to the community in the form of grants to non-profits and small businesses.


United Way Rapid Response Fund

United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Rapid Response Fund is now accepting donations to support Wake, Durham, Orange, and Johnston County residents needing access to critical resources including food, hygiene, childcare, and housing assistance during times of area-wide crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic.


Durham Community Food Pantry

The Durham Community Food Pantry, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, works to end food insecurity in Durham and Orange counties. The facility replicates the service model developed over 40 years at Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry in Raleigh. The program is a collaborative effort engaging multiple partners through Durham and Orange counties to address this incredibly important need.


Durham Rescue Mission

The Durham Rescue Mission is currently sheltering around 450 men, women, and children who are living in close quarters. The possibility of an outbreak among its clients is of serious concern but if that should happen, the Rescue Mission could not close its facilities because its clients would not have any place to go! To maintain a clean and safe place to stay, they are in need of supplies. Please visit their website to see what items are of greatest needs and consider donating monetarily as well.


Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Right now, one in five people in central and eastern North Carolina don’t have enough to eat. Your tax-deductible gift helps provide food and hope to families, children, and seniors right here in our community.

Together, we can help people in our community during their greatest time of need. Every $10 you donate provides 50 meals!




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