Help In A Time of Need

Daniel Pugh, pastor at Christ the King Lutheran in Cary, delivers a donation of supplies to Dorcas Ministries. The church partners with Dorcas in providing high need items.

On a normal day, Dorcas Ministries runs a food pantry, a thrift shop and helps those struggling financially. Now these services are more important than ever.

Even though the thrift shop, a major source of the nonprofit’s funding, closed on March 17, the organization’s efforts haven’t slowed down.

“Client demand for food and financial assistance has doubled since the pandemic began,” said Ellen Frazier, marketing and volunteer manager. “We do not anticipate that trend slowing down any time soon.”

But there’s good news. While demand is high, so are donations. Frazier says Dorcas typically receives one or two online donations each business day during this time of year. Since the shop closed, they’ve been receiving 10 to 15 donations a day.

“The community response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Executive Director Howard Manning.

Other businesses have partnered with Dorcas to help people keep food on the table. Great Harvest Bread Company donated over 600 loaves of bread and lots of fresh produce. The Taylor Family YMCA held a food drive with their members. Once in a Blue Moon Bakery and Cafe has donated treats and other baked goods. Both Publix and Food Lion have continued to support the food pantry with food and financial donations.

Even with the extra help from the community, there’s still more that can be done. Find out how you can get involved on Dorcas’ website.

Aaron Elzie, an employee of Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry, assists a woman at its curbside emergency bag pickup. People in need can sign up for food assistance at or call (919) 469-9861, ext 203.

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