Once again, PORCH is partnering with the Food for the Summer coalition to lend some helping hands with meal deliveries to community centers and camp sites serving at-risk kids. Launched by Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger last summer, the coalition includes the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, UNC, No Kid Hungry, and local businesses and hunger relief organizations. Learn more about the collaborative hunger relief effort in this recent Durham Herald Sun article. Sign up for a meal delivery here. Service leaning hours are available for high school students.
On Saturday, June 3rd, sixteen PORCH volunteers partnered with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina to distribute free diapers to military families in Fayetteville. Watch this video about the event. With little wiggle room in family budgets, the diapers free up resources for other basic items such as rent, food, utilities, child care, and transportation. PORCH looks forward to partnering with the Diaper Bank in coming months to get free diapers distributed to some of the 380 families participating in our Food for Families program.
In two weeks, Weaver Street staff, owners, and shoppers donated over $52,000 to PORCH’s Food for Families program! Thanks for the amazing support!
Weaver Street Community, your PORCH donations are having an immediate impact on our neighbors in need of healthy food. We’ll deliver boxes of fresh groceries to 135 PORCH families on Wednesday, March 22. Here’s what happens with the donations, and how you can participate further:
- One Wednesday a month for the next year, 135 families in PORCH’s Food for Families program will receive the “bags” of fresh groceries donated by WSM shoppers. That’s the 120 refugee families we’ve assisted through our previous campaigns plus 15 additional low-income families.
- Each month Carolyn, our produce merchandiser, works with Debbie from PORCH to turn each $30 bag donation into a 40 pound box of fresh vegetables and fruit. The core selection (sweet potatoes, leafy greens, bananas, and much more) stays the same, but seasonal items (strawberries, blueberries, watermelon) are added as they become available.
- On Tuesday afternoon before the delivery, a group of Weaver Street Market owners and workers meets at our Food House facility to sort and box the fresh produce that arrived from our produce vendors early that morning. The boxes are stored on pallets in our produce cooler to keep the food fresh.
- Wednesday morning, our drivers load the pallets onto one of the WSM trucks and deliver the food to the pickup site at the Homestead Aquatic Center, where PORCH volunteers help us unload the boxes.
- By 11 AM, a long line has gathered as families wait to pick up a week’s worth of food. PORCH provides whole chickens, milk, rice, and eggs to go with the produce boxes.