Who We Serve
- Over 14% of adults and 22% of children in Orange County are “food insecure”, meaning that they lack sufficient food for an active, healthy life.
- Hungry kids perform worse in school, are sick more often, have more social and behavioral problems, and are less prepared for the challenges of adult life (feedingamerica.org).
- Low-income families often cannot afford enough fresh healthy foods to support good nutrition. Diets high in fruit and vegetables are linked to lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers.
- According to research by Feeding America, millions of Americans struggle for sufficient food because of underemployment, stagnant wages, and rising housing expenses, and have to make spending tradeoffs regularly to buy food.
- PORCH serves a diverse group of people in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community.
Who We Impact
- Food for Families/PORCH Cooks
- Food for Families feeds children and their families a variety of highly nutritious fresh food that is not provided by other pantries or hunger relief organizations. We provide three overflowing bags of fresh food, along with one bag of non-perishables, typically lasting one to two weeks.
Fresh food ((e.g., potatoes, green beans, apples, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, chicken, eggs, milk, and more) provided monthly to 370 families (including over 1000 children) in Chapel Hill Carrboro.
- PORCH Cooks provides recipes, the Good and Cheap cookbook, nutrition information, and food tastings to families
- 85% of families responding to our 2016 survey report using all the fresh food provided each month,
- 91% of families report that the PORCH Cooks recipes help them consume more of the food
- 82% (compared to 51% at baseline) felt more confident eating foods they had not had before
- Over 75,000 pounds of non-perishable foods were delivered in 2016 to 12 local food pantries