At the Rogers Road Community Center, the Sheriff’s Office was setting up its tent, unwinding some electrical equipment, and putting out a popcorn machine in the concrete drive in front. The Center sits square in the midst of three or four small connected roads of brick ranches, singlewides, and, along the farthest street, a row of newer cottages. Together they have been known, for who knows how many decades, as the Rogers Road Neighborhood. Around them, here and there a forgotten animal shed lingers under overgrown trees, a reminder of the neighborhood’s roots. It’s a close-knit community of people who care for one another. That’s where the Rogers Road Community Center comes in, the place where care is central to everybody, and that’s where Rosie Caldwell, who directs it, is central to it all.[Read more…]
When three moms in Chapel Hill decided to start a neighborhood food drive nine years ago, they had no idea it would become what it is today.
“It’s really an unexpected pleasure,” said Debbie Horowitz as she looks back at a room full of busy volunteers and piles of donated food.[Read more…]
With so many nonprofits addressing hunger in our community, you may wonder how PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro fits into the picture. PORCH started right here at home in Chapel Hill in May of 2010, and has grown intentionally to fill unmet needs. Food for Families is PORCH’s largest program, unique in providing large quantities of fresh and local food to families who are mostly living below poverty level and do not typically access other hunger relief resources due to various barriers.
Later this week, school lets out for over 12,000 students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Most of these students eagerly await leisurely summers dotted with s’mores, sprinklers, and sidewalk chalk. But, for the nearly 3,500 CHCCS students receiving free or reduced price meals, there can be a very different anticipation to summer.[Read more…]
The Daily Tar Heel profiles PORCH!
With the new school year upon us, PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro would like to thank our Food for Schools (FFS) sponsors for the 19 public schools and the pre-kindergarten program in our school district. With the support of these local businesses, we are able to provide a generous supply of healthy snacks for students needing additional nourishment to tide them over during the school day.
Debbie Horwitz, Susan Romaine and Christine Cotton are featured in the May/June issue of Chapel Hill Magazine.
Spectrum News interviewed our three founders to talk about PORCH and our PORCHfest community gathering.
Read more and see the interview at http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/in-depth-interview/2018/05/31/in-depth–porch-hosts-community-event-.html.
Thanks to CBS17/WNCN for covering our celebration for crossing $2 Million in hunger relief.
Watch the video and read more at http://www.cbs17.com/weather/3-degree-guarantee/chapel-hill-charity-passes-2-million-in-food-donations_20180313070645717/1036267141