Food Pantry & Clothing Closet
Urban Ministries of Durham operates the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet to address basic emergency needs for food, clothing, and hygiene supplies. Most of those receiving support are not homeless but are trying to stretch very limited resources. Volunteers assisting guests watch for signs that a family is in danger of becoming homeless and can provide referrals to case managers and financial assistance providers for additional support.
In fiscal year 2015, the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet servee an average of 487 households per month.
Guests may receive groceries and/or clothing and/or diapers once every 30 days provided that they meet the eligibility requirements and provide documentation. We assist up to 26 households per day of service, Monday-Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Visitors must please wait outside until signup begins at 9 a.m.
This program could not exist without the strong and dedicated support of groups of volunteers from local communities of faith, schools, and local companies.
Clothing: Identification and Durham address
Food: Identification and documentation of one of the following criteria:
- Children living in household 18 years of age or younger
- 62 years of age or older
Diapers: In oder to receive diapers, a parent must show:
- Photo ID for themselves and ID for their child, with a birth date (e.g. birth certificate, insurance card)
- Proof of residency within Durham County, by showing a current address with the same name as the photo ID from any of the following documents: bill, WIC voucher, driver's license, or ID card.
News & Needs
Aug 15, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.
Duke Football players came to UMD recently to serve breakfast in the Community Cafe to hungry and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Jul 29, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church found out that the UMD Community Cafe kitchen was limping along with an old food processor in deplorable condition -- and they arrived this morning to surprise Chef Larry with a new commercial model.View this post on Facebook
Jun 27, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 8 new photos to the album: What Gabi learned about homeless people.
Githens Middle School student Gabi Overcast-Hawks did this art photography project for school after coming to UMD to speak with people experiencing homelessness.View this post on Facebook
May 14, 2016
A recent rainy day in Durham was a beautiful day for Isra Grimes, because it was the day he moved from the Urban Ministries of Durham homeless shelter into his very own apartment.
Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...View this post on Facebook
Apr 25, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.
A big thank you to Christ the King Moravian Church, who brought 30 people to UMD over the weekend to spruce up the grounds with mulch, plantings, and other attention.View this post on Facebook
Apr 20, 2016
UMD needs your help to earn a crucial $65,000 grant from The Stewards Fund to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Apr 01, 2016
Here at UMD, we are seeing people become homeless and have difficulty leaving homelessness because of the lack of affordable housing in Durham -- rents go up, while entry-level wages stay flat.
The city carefully planned its economic revitalization.The Downside of Durham's RebirthView this post on Facebook
Mar 22, 2016
Seasons change, and as you reach toward the spring clothing in your closet, we hope you'll notice some spring items you can share to help homeless men and women at Urban Ministries of Durham -- and poor people from the community who come to our Clothing Closet.View this post on Facebook
Mar 16, 2016
Our friends at Vert & Vogue are again debuting their spring collection in a way that helps offer food, shelter and a future to people who come to UMD seeking assistance.View this post on Facebook
Mar 10, 2016
Durham Academy is a key partner in the work of UMD to offer food, shelter and a future to our neighbors in need.View this post on Facebook
Mar 02, 2016
And here's the pot-making process at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, another valuable Empty Bowls contributor! Love our potter and woodturner friends so much.View this post on Facebook
Feb 26, 2016
Several days before Empty Bowls 2016 (March 3, Durham Convention Center), Premier and Hot Ticket types are already sold out! But at least for now, Soup Only and Soup+Bowl tickets remain available.View this post on Facebook
Feb 22, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added an event.
This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, the most money ever, to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors through Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook
Feb 18, 2016
Get your tickets to come sample as many soups as you want from these chef kitchens preparing soup for Empty Bowls 2016, March 3 at Durham Convention Center: Bleu Olive, Brock Premier Culinary Service, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham Convention Center, Guglhupf Bakery Cafe & Restaurant, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas, The Mad Hatter's Cafe + Bakeshop, Pizzeria Toro, Pompieri Pizza, Saladelia Cafe,
Saltbox Seafood Joint, The Forest at Duke, Toast.View this post on Facebook
Feb 11, 2016
Just picked up dozens of beautiful Empty Bowls from Claymakers, one of the lovely artist communities that makes a gift of their work each year to raise money to help poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Feb 03, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.
It's just a month away -- the 10th annual Empty Bowls to benefit hungry and homeless clients of Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook
Jan 22, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
It seems like we always announce this on a day that's just perfect for soup -- Empty Bowls 2016 tickets are on sale now! On March 3 at Durham Convention Center you'll taste signature soups from more than a dozen top chefs from the Triangle, and can take home a bowl handmade by a local artist.View this post on Facebook
Dec 12, 2015
Naming a toilet plunger in honor of those you love is the perfect holiday gift -- as long as that plunger is helping to end homelessness.
Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.It's just stuff…until you don't have it.View this post on Facebook
Dec 08, 2015
If you donate toward the work UMD through INDY Week Give Guide today, you could win one of two great prizes.View this post on Facebook
Dec 04, 2015
Thank you, Bronto Nation Bronto Software for helping decorate our Triangle Tree Challenge entry.View this post on Facebook