Welcome to PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro!PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization whose mission is to collect and distribute food for families going hungry in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community. Through monthly neighborhood food drives, PORCH stocks the shelves of twelve local food pantries with canned goods. Its Food for Families program delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, chicken and eggs directly into the hands of 350 local families in need.
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How PORCH WorksPORCH is built around the very simple idea of a neighborhood food drive. Here's how it works, in three easy steps:
- Once a month, on a designated day, residents place a food donation (such as a can of soup or tuna) on their front porch.
- A volunteer neighborhood coordinator goes porch to porch and picks up the food donations.
- The donated food is transported by car to a central location where it is sorted, packed, and then delivered to local food pantries.
Food for FamiliesThis unique program provides healthy, fresh food (including fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and chicken) to 350 families identified by school social workers as being especially at risk of hunger. The two brimming bags of fresh food, along with one bag of non-perishables, typically last one to two weeks, depending on the size of the family. When food stamps run out, this supplemental Food for Families can make the difference between a healthy meal and a skipped meal.
Food for PantriesCanned goods and other non-perishable items are delivered each month to twelve local food pantries, evening out the ebbs and flows of their ongoing needs. PORCH communicates regularly with each of the pantries to ensure its donations are meeting specific needs, and not just stockpiling shelves with foods they already have.
Food for SchoolsThis new program gets healthy snack foods into the hands of children who need them the most: hungry kids unable to focus in the classroom. The applesauce, raisins, granola bars, and other healthy snacks re-energize and re-focus kids in the classroom until their free lunch in the cafeteria. Each of the 19 schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is receiving $500 worth of healthy snack foods from PORCH each school year.
Food for ThoughtWhile many consider Chapel Hill- Carrboro to be an affluent community, it masks the true picture. One in every six local residents is living below the poverty level and one in every three to four children in the public schools qualifies for a free or reduced price meal. Through its Food for Thought program, PORCH educates the public about the severity of hunger right here at home through monthly emails, newsletters, journalism, social media, and public speaking.
Participating NeighborhoodsWe collect in the following neighborhoods. If you don't see your neighborhood listed, we would love to add you to our list! Email PORCH email@example.com for more information.
140 W. Franklin
Bolin Forest 1
Cedar Springs Lane
Chancellor's View/Zapata Lane
Chapel Hill Early School
Coker Hills West
Colony Lake and Forsyth
Emerson Waldorf School
Falls of New Hope
Forrest Creek II
Glenn Lenox Apartments
Hooper Lane/Senlac Road/Tenney Circle
Kings Mill - Morgan Creek
Lake Hogan Farms
Little Creek Farm Road
Meadow Ridge Lane
Morgan Creek/Kings Mill
North Forest Hills
Old Forest Creek
Old North Forest Hills
Quarter Path Trace
Ridgefield / Briarcliff
The Cedars of Chapel Hill
The Oaks Condominiums
The Woodlands of Chapel Hill
Tremont Circle / Northwoods
UNC Family Medicine
Westwood / W. University
Whitehead Circle/Mason Farm Road
For more information on Neightborhoods or to contact your neighborhood coordination, go to 'Get Involved'.
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Maple View Farm
Cliff's Meat Market
Weaver Street Market
Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Rogers Road Community Center
St. Joseph CME Church
Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS)
Orange Congregations in Mission
Dobbins Hill Family Resource Center
UNC Family Medicine
Food & Donation Information
On-linePORCH accepts online donations. You can choose to donate one time or in recurring payments.
Via US MailPlease mail a check made out to PORCH Inc. to:
PO Box 16363
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-6363
Tax ReceiptsIf you have donated food or made other in-kind donations and would like a tax receipt, please click here to download the form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail the form to you.