The Orange County government alerted the community of an upcoming food distribution event to be held later this week.

The local government shared on Friday the monthly Division of Social Services Emergency Food Assistance Program would be in Orange County on Wednesday, October 28.  Pick-up for the food this month will be in the patio area beside the Department of Social Services in Hillsborough, located at 113 Mayo Street. The space is adjacent to Orange Works, which is an early voting site for the county.

Available for recipients who receive FNS or SNAP benefits, the distribution is also open to those who meet income guidelines set by the state government.

A release from Orange County said those who are eligible, or wish to check if they are, should call 919-245-4354 on Tuesday in order to make an appointment slot for the distribution. The state government has put this system in place due to limited supplies and to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. According to the county government, appointment slots are made on a first-call/first-served basis until all the time spots are filled.

DSS, which falls under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, has been holding these food distributions events on the last Wednesdays of each month to help those in need amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Other local food distribution efforts have also been regularly held, with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC holding a weekly food distribution in Chapel Hill every Wednesday morning.

More links to food resources around Orange County can be found on Chapelboro’s ‘COVID-19: Need Help? Here’s Where To Start‘ web page. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.