Founded on Mother’s Day 2010, PORCH is People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes. It is an all-volunteer, grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to feed the hungry in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. To carry out its mission, PORCH organizes monthly neighborhood food drives using porches as the vehicle for the gift-giving. On a designated day each month, neighbors leave canned goods and other non-perishable foods on their porches, to be picked up by volunteer neighborhood coordinators. The food is then brought to a central location where it is sorted, loaded into cars, and delivered to local hunger relief agencies – all within just a few hours’ time.
Because the PORCH model is so simple and efficient, its growth has been explosive. There are now over 2,500 residents living in 165 neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro participating in PORCH’s monthly food drives. Local churches and synagogues, businesses, foundations, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations are also joining in this growing coalition to fight local hunger. What’s more, the PORCH model is now spreading to nearby cities and towns including Apex, Cary, Durham, Fearrington Village, Governor’s Club, Hillsborough, Morrisville, Raleigh, and Western Wake.
As the number of participating porches in the community grows, so grows PORCH’s food donations to neighbors in need:
● Canned goods and other non-perishable foods stock the shelves of seven local hunger relief agencies.
● Fresh fruits and vegetables purchased through cash donations are hand delivered to 160 local families living in poverty.
● Healthy snack foods set aside for social workers in the public schools supplement the diets of students receiving free or reduced price meals.
To find out how you can get involved in this community-wide hunger relief effort, visit the PORCH website at www.porchnc.org. One can at a time, together we can make a difference!
Fifth Season Gardening Company is proud to be partnering with the PORCH: People Offering Help to Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes to help with their mission to feed the hungry in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.