Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

Come shop for what you need, free of charge.

Due to Covid-19, Food Pantry and Clothing Closet services have been modified and temporarily separated. Food distribution is offered on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am in the parking lot of St. Philips Episcopal Church (403 E. Main Street). Clothing is available for curbside pickup on Thursdays from 10am-12pm. Eligibility requirements are temporarily suspended outside the Queen Street entrance to our café. Must wear masks.

Hours of Operation

Services are available to the first 20 households and 5 shelter clients during each time slot. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the doors open to get in line. Diapers only: No appointment needed.

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

1-3 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

9-11 a.m.

5-6:30 p.m.


410 Liberty Street, Durham, NC 27701

Food Pantry

Let UMD help meet the emergency needs of your household

Our food pantry is stocked with groceries like canned vegetables and fruit, boxes of pasta, bags of rice. When available, we love to offer fresh food and other perishable items like eggs, vegetables, and casseroles.

Choice is important at UMD, so we encourage you to pick your own groceries. If you don’t have access to a stove for cooking, we can provide you with options that don’t require heating. Just let us know!

Clothing Closet

Pick out clothing from our racks! We have clothes for men, women, children, and infants. Choose two tops, two bottoms, a pair of shoes, new socks and underwear, and a few miscellaneous items per person in your family.


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Once every 30 days, Photo ID with a Durham address


Once every 30 days, Photo ID and documentation of one of the following:

- Children living in household 18 years of age or younger
- Disability
- 62 years of age or older
- NEW: Underemployed (present work schedule showing fewer than 30 hours per week)


Once every 30 days (no appointment needed) and a parent must show:

- Photo ID for themselves and their child, with a birthdate (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.

Diapers provided by Diaper Bank of NC.

How We Help

Urban Ministries of Durham operates the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet to address basic emergency needs for food, clothing, diapers, and hygiene supplies. We rely on our donors and community partners to stock our shelves with in-kind donations of goods and gently-used clothing to distribute to an average of 500 households each month. Most of those receiving support are not homeless but are trying to stretch very limited resources. Our guests shop in a simulated retail setting and choose their own groceries and clothes. Volunteers assisting guests look 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.

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