Neighborhood Coordinator Information

Job Description


What are some of the qualities of a good neighborhood coordinator? +

It always helps when a neighborhood coordinator has lots of personal connections with neighbors. Experience shows that many more people tend to participate in the monthly food drives. That said, being a neighbor coordinator is a great way to meet new neighbors, especially for those families who have just moved into a neighborhood. Here are some other qualities that good neighborhood coordinators share in common:

  • Provide honest and frequent communication with neighbors about the neighborhood food drives, including shout-outs to neighbors that go above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Host events (lemonade stands, coffees to show the PORCH video, block parties) that build a sense of neighborhood and a shared cause through
  • Create a network of neighbors that can step in when the regular neighborhood coordinator needs to step out from time to time (due to travel
    plans, work commitments, family responsibilities, sickness, etc.)
  • Have a passion for hunger relief that ripples throughout the entire

When are the PORCH pick up days? Is there flexibility? +

PORCH’s monthly food pick-ups are typically on Mondays. (See Sort Dates here) Due to work or family commitments, some neighborhood coordinators prefer to pick up food donations during the weekend prior to PORCH Mondays. That is absolutely fine! PORCH tries to be as flexible as possible with the schedule, knowing that neighborhood coordinators are often tucking the food pick-ups in between a million and one other tasks.

Where do we drop off the food? +

If you are delivering food on PORCH Sundays or Mondays, please drop off at Extraordinary Ventures (200 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill 27514). Neighborhood Coordinators may also email to work out arrangements for a different drop-off location if needed.

What time should we drop off the food? +

Food may be dropped off at Extraordinary Ventures (200 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill27514) on PORCH Sundays from 3-7 pm or on PORCH Mondays from 8-10 am.

What kinds of foods are needed the most? +

Here is a listing of the most commonly requested foods by the local pantries served by PORCH:

  • Cans of soup and stew
  • Cans of tuna, chicken, or spam (low sodium, if possible)
  • Cans of fruits of all kinds (low sugar, if possible)
  • Cans of vegetables of all kinds (low sodium, if possible)
  • Plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly
  • Healthy snack foods (applesauce, peanut butter crackers, raisins, peanuts,
    granola bars)
  • Oatmeal and other low-sugar cereals
  • Single-serving prepared meals (such as Hormel)
  • Juice boxes
  • Dried pasta and pasta sauce
  • Bags of rice (white or brown)
  • Bags of lentils and beans of all kinds
  • Macaroni & cheese

Please check the expiration dates on all donated foods to be sure they are still edible. No glass containers, please.

Can donors leave non-food donations on their porches? +

Because PORCH’s mission is focused on hunger relief, we ask that donors only leave food or cash donations (used to purchase fresh food) on their porches. That said, once a year, PORCH donors are invited to leave new or gently used children’s books on their porches, which are then donated to our Well Fed, Well Read partner, Book Harvest. Donors are also invited to leave new and gently used jackets and coats on their porches from time to time, which are shared with the Karen/Burmese community that PORCH serves through its fresh food program.

How do I donate cash to PORCH? How is the cash used? +

100% of cash donations are used to purchase fresh food (fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and chicken) for the hundreds of local families served through PORCH’s Food for Families program. Through its partnerships with Weaver Street Market, Farmer Foodshare, Maple View Farms, Harris Teeter, Costco, Cliff’s Meat Market and Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, PORCH strives to get the best produce at the most affordable prices – stretching your donations just as far as they can go.

Checks are made payable to PORCH and mailed to:

PORCH Chapel Hill/ Carrboro
P.O. Box 16363
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-6363

Or, Online donations can be made here

How do I get a PORCH yard sign and car magnets? +

All marketing items may be picked up at Extraordinary Ventures during monthly food drop-offs on PORCH Sundays and Mondays. Or you may email and we’ll make other arrangements to get items to you.

How can I get more participation in my neighborhood? +

If you noticed there is an ebb in food donations from your neighborhood, here are some tips for increasing the flow:

  • Once a year, send an email to all of your neighbors reminding them about this very simple way to participate in local hunger relief.
  • Go door-to-door with PORCH brochures that include a mailing label with your contact information. We are happy to provide the brochures with the printed labels.
  • After each neighborhood drive, add a personal note to PORCH’s thank you email, recognizing your neighbors’ loyal participation. Pictures are a nice addition, too.
  • From time to time, consider handwritten thank you notes to generous neighborhood donors.
  • Put out your PORCH yard sign(s) each month. Say, two or three days before the scheduled pick-ups, to remind neighbors that it’s time to purchase a few extra items at the grocery store to help restock the shelves of local pantries.
  • If someone is new to the neighborhood, be sure to introduce yourself and PORCH!

You can learn more about the role of Neighborhood Coordinator by watching this five minute video.