June 2023: The Latest from PORCH
- No child should miss classes or struggle in school because they are hungry! That’s why PORCH partners with local businesses and individuals to provide healthy snack foods to children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, the district-wide pre-K program, and two local after-school programs. Please help us express our gratitude by supporting the businesses and organizations who make Food for Schools possible. We are seeking sponsors for Food for Schools for the 2023-24 school year! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- We are thrilled to count the Diaper Bank of NC among our partners. If a family is struggling to put food on the table, then they are struggling with other essentials: cleaning supplies, hygiene products, household items, medical bills, utility expenses, rent payments, and more. Since 2022, the Diaper Bank – the largest in the United States – has offered 300 period packets (called flow kits) to our Food for Families participants each month. A flow kit contains 10 pads and 10 liners. These products cannot be purchased through government programs such as WIC and SNAP but are medically necessary. As the Diaper Bank’s website says: “We believe that dignity is not a privilege.” Learn more on our blog.
- Thank you so much to Kenan Flagler Business School for hosting a Community Service Competition Food Drive for PORCH this month! Food drives are so important to our monthly collections and help us fill our Food for Families bags with healthy non-perishable food items. Want to host a food drive? It’s pretty easy!
- Ken and Barbara Updegrave are longtime volunteers with PORCH and help in many ways. They collect and deliver The Cedars monthly food collection, which is a very active PORCH neighborhood community. They also deliver non-perishable donations monthly to Freedom House, one of our Food for Pantries partners. We are so grateful to have such amazing and dedicated volunteers like Ken and Barbara!
- Last month, Wildflower Lane Farm donated 200 gorgeous heads of lettuce for us to distribute to our families! Here’s a picture of Jim Sander, the founder and owner of Wildflower Lane Farm. To learn more about Jim’s generosity, please visit wildflowerlanefarm.org/feeding-local-kids. Wildflower Lane Farm is always looking for volunteers to help harvest and bag the produce they donate to PORCH and TABLE. Please consider spending some time at their beautiful farm this summer and help them feed the families in our community: wildflowerlanefarm.org/join-us