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3/17/20: Urban Ministries of Wake County Pivots Operations in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to protect our patients, pantry shoppers, volunteers, and staff, we are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and might need to modify our operations regularly.

As of 3/17/20, our building at 1390 Capital Boulevard is open but the doors will be locked.

Only pre-screened patients without family members, children, or guests will be seen.

If for some reason you have not received a phone call prior to your appointment, please call our appointment line at (919) 746-0101.

At this time we will NOT be honoring FIGS Prescription refills. We will update you if that changes.

The clinic and pharmacy will be closed WEDNESDAY EVENING (3/18/2020) AND THURSDAY EVENING (3/19/2020).

The pantry is operating each day starting at 9 am, but we are serving clients in their cars. Hours are subject to change depending on food supply.

We are NOT accepting individual or food drive donations at this time. The best way to give to us is through a monetary donation so that we can purchase our food from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

We are still taking volunteers if they are well. Please email for more information.

The Helen Wright Center for Women (shelter) is operating as usual.


(This information was released on 3/17/20. Information is subject to change.)

Urban Ministries of Wake County Receives $200 from American Trucks’ Positive Payload Program


Urban Ministries of Wake County will receive a $200 donation from the AmericanTrucks Positive Payload Program. We will be entered into a drawing for a one-time grant award of $2000 that would be used toward a new truck for our food pantry. Thank you American Trucks!

Stone Soup Supper 2019

Raleigh, NC – If you are a fan of good food and want to give back to your community, don’t miss one of the Triangle’s most popular fundraisers, benefiting Urban Ministries of Wake County. Stone Soup Supper, presented by Bank of America, will feature 15 local restaurants and celebrity judges Ira David Wood III, Spectrum News Chief Meteorologist Gary Stephenson, and Reverend Nancy Petty.

The event takes place on Thursday, November 14th at McKimmon Center in Raleigh from 6 – 8 pm.

Cluckin’ For A Cause: Tour D’Coop 2019

Tour D’Coop is the largest chicken coop tour on the east coast. The self-guided tour showcasing hen coops, bee hives, and urban gardens around Wake County draws thousands of visitors each year. Tour D’Coop will be held Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine. Ticket and merchandise sales support Urban Ministries of Wake County.

Urban Ministries to Dedicate Clinic in Physician’s Honor
Dr. Greenberg worked as the Medical Director of Urban Ministries’ Open Door Clinic for 11 years, volunteering years before his employment. The physician’s contagious joy for volunteering helped to recruit many physicians currently volunteering within the clinic.

Urban Ministries Opens Services to Furloughed Employees
Urban Ministries of Wake County’s Hunger and Nutrition Program will open its services to furloughed government employees. Furloughed employees can receive a week’s worth of groceries from the agency’s food pantry.

Stone Soup Supper Raises More Than $92,000: Tonbo Ramen and Whiskey Kitchen Crowned Soup-erior Chefs
Urban Ministries of Wake County raised more than $92,000 at last Tuesday’s Stone Soup Supper fundraiser. Approximately 800 guests were in attendance at NCSU’s McKimmon Center.

2018 Greater Triangle Area CROP Hunger Walk WALK ON 10/28 TO HELP SIX LOCAL AGENCIES FIGHT HUNGER
The 2018 Greater Triangle Area CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. at the Court of North Carolina trail on the campus of North Carolina State University.

Food Pantry Supplies Dwindle | Local Organizations Respond
July 2018 Urban Ministries of Wake County is partnering with local organizations to alleviate summer hunger through the Fight Summer Hunger food drive.

Tour D’Coop Raises $20,000 for Wake County Neighbors: Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County
June 2018 Urban Ministries of Wake County raised more than $20,000 on Saturday at its annual fundraiser, Tour D’Coop.

Self-Service Food Pantry Increases Shoppers Served by Half: Urban Ministries Celebrates Anniversary of Nutrition Program
Apr 2018 Urban Ministries of Wake County is celebrating one year of serving food-insecure families in its self-service food pantry.

Volunteer Physician Provides Hep C Cure for Uninsured: Hepatitis C Patients Receive C Treatment for Free
Mar 2018 Volunteer doctor and Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Charles van der Horst provides treatment for patients with Hepatitis C through Urban Ministries of Wake County’s Open Door Clinic.

Community Provides for Homeless Women during White Flag: Urban Ministries’ Helen Wright Center Responds to January’s Freeze
Feb 2018 Urban Ministries of Wake County’s Helen Wright Center housed an additional 43 homeless women throughout January due to cold weather conditions

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May 2019 ABC 11 – Dozens of chicken owners open doors for visitors for Tour D’ Coop to benefit Urban Ministries

Urban Nesting: Tour D’Coop Benefiting Urban Ministries

May 2019 Midtown Magazine-This annual event—the largest chicken coop tour on the East Coast—began in 2005 when a group of neighbors from the Five Points area came together to share stories about their chickens and coops.

Urban Ministries of Wake County dedicates clinic
Mar 2019 CBS17-The organization held a dedication ceremony for their Open Door Clinic.

Reportan aumento de personas que usaron los bancos de comida este mes
Jan 2019 UNIVISION-El cierre de gobierno ha provocado que los trabajadores afectados busquen formas de sustento, como el uso de bancos de alimentos.

Urban Ministries opens pantry to furloughed federal workers
Jan 2019 ABC11-More Triangle groups are pitching in to help furloughed federal workers. Urban Ministries of Wake County opened its pantry to unpaid government staffers Thursday.

10 Ways of Giving
Nov 2018 MIDTOWN MAGAZINE-Chicken and Soup for the Soul: Don’t miss the chance to sample some 20 soups from top Triangle chefs, all competing to be named Soup-erior Chef.

Legend of Stone Soup inspires charity in Wake County
Nov 2018 WRAL-On the heels of two hurricanes and an ongoing fire on the West Coast, local charities are counting on people to see the needs of neighbors in their communities.

A Culture of Working With
Sept 2018 PHILANTHROPY JOURNAL-Thirty-eight years ago a man froze to death on the streets of Raleigh. Churches, synagogues and people of faith were horrified – and concerned.

Volunteer Doctors Make an Impact
Sept 2018 MIDTOWN MAGAZINE-One of the Open Door Clinic’s volunteer doctors, Dr. John Emery, enjoyed a long career as an internist, which included a stint as a ship’s doctor in the Navy, followed by residency at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

Urban Ministries of Wake County launches food drive
July 2018 ABC11-Supplies are dwindling at the food pantry of Urban Ministries of Wake County in Raleigh.

A Season for Sharing: Urban Ministries serves needy neighbors year-round, but donations are in shorter supply in the summer
July 2018 MIDTOWN MAGAZINE-It was the winter of 1981 when two homeless men in our area dies as a result of hypothermia.

Visit chickens and bees at Tour D’Coop
May 2018 WRAL WHAT’S ON TAP-The annual Tour D’Coop is Saturday in the Triangle. There will be 19 locations featuring chicken coops and bee hives to visit during this self-guided tour.

The Face of Volunteering
May 2018 MIDTOWN MAGAZINE-Urban Ministries of Wake County was founded by volunteers in 1981 to serve the needs of Wake County. Today the agency has evolved to support hungry families, homeless women, and uninsured adults—all through the work of more than 1,200 volunteers.

Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Winner: Dr. Gary Greenberg
Mar 2018 TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL-Dr. Gary Greenberg is Triangle Business Journal’s 2018 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

He’s ‘scaling up’ to help the poor in Wake County
Mar 2018 NEWS AND OBSERVER-When John Welch signed on as director of development for Urban Ministries of Wake County in 2013, the nonprofit was facing a $300,000 revenue gap. Today, it’s on solid financial ground and looking to ramp up services.

TBJ reveals 2018 Women in Business Awards winners
Feb 2018 TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL-Triangle Business Journal on Wednesday revealed the winners of the 2018 Women in Business Awards.