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COVID-19: Message from the Mayor

Post Date:03/13/2020 4:58 PM

PAM HEMMINGERChapel Hill Friends and Neighbors,

As we make changes to our regular routines, many of us are facing situations we’ve never thought we would.

Although the steps that we are taking to prevent spread of the coronavirus will result in a better outcome for everyone, they will have short and long-term effects on many. The impact on daily life may be stressful to you and our community. As we address this together, it is important to be kind, mindful, and supportive of to each other. Take care of yourself, take care of each other, and know when and how to seek or provide help. 

As has been the case in other emergency situations, I have been hearing from people across Chapel Hill asking how they can help support others in our community.

Below are some of the ways that you and your family can provide needed support:


Donate food or money

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has a plan in place to provide lunch and a snack for children at sites throughout town on weekdays.  Additionally, local non-profits are gearing up to provide groceries and other essentials to local families. 

With current resources already stretched thin and demand expected to increase, your help will make a huge difference to local families.

  • The InterFaith Council (IFC) Food Pantry and Community Kitchen is continuing normal operations with new protocols in place for member and volunteer safety. IFC accepts food and cash donations.
  • TABLE has a plan to deliver bags of healthy non-perishables and produce door-to-door service to as many of the 727 children they currently serve as possible.TABLE has a Wish List of items and accepts direct food and cash donations.Also, on-line orders through Amazon can be shipped directly to their Carrboro offices at 209 E Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510.
  • Meals on Wheels will continue delivering meals to seniors once a week, providing meals to cover five days of the week. Cash donations are needed. You can mail check or money order to: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels, PO Box 2102, Chapel Hill NC 27515.
  • The Diaper Bank of North Carolina provides diapers and personal hygiene products to families. Currently their greatest need is for Size 2 and Size 5 diapers, baby wipes and Ziploc bags. Donations of diapers and supplies can be dropped off at 1311 E. Club Blvd., Durham, 27704 or a cash donation can be made online.
  • The Town also supports a vast network of Human Services Agencies that provide vital safety net services that may have special needs during this time.


Support local businesses

The restaurants, shops and service organizations we rely on day-in-and day-out are facing hard times too.  There are many ways to support the businesses you rely on such as:

  1. Get food delivered from local restaurants or order takeout.
  2. If a local store has an online option, use that.
  3. Tip generously
  4. Buy an extra meal from a local restaurant and freeze for later.
  5. Buy a gift certificate to a local business to treat yourself later or give as a gift.
  6. Support local businesses


Check in on your neighbors, friends, and loved ones

  • Check in on your loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Social distancing may mean staying farther apart from each other, but you can still use this time to build deeper connections with each other.
  • If anyone you know is sick, call them often and have a plan for delivering food and medicine, as well as for back up care of dependents.
  • If you are a parent, take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak in a way that your child can understand.


And, of course, take care of yourself by making time for exercise, engaging in activities you enjoy and sharing your concerns about how you are feeling with a friend or family member.

Keeping Chapel Hill safe and healthy is our top priority. Thank you for your help.


Mayor Pam Hemminger

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