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.
Over 6,000 children could go hungry at some point this summer in Orange County, according to hunger relief agencies.
While many receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year — about 30 percent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City students and roughly 44 percent of Orange County students — the programs break for summer, leaving families to pick up the cost.
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!
A year and a half ago Susan Romaine had an idea.
In 2010, three friends — Christine Cotton, Debbie Horwitz and Susan Romaine — emailed a few neighbors inviting them to leave plantinghope_titlepagecanned food on their porches. They collected these cans and delivered them to a nearby hunger relief organization. This was the beginning of PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes).
Stefanie Mazva-Cohen at CulbrethA local nonprofit organization has partnered with 19 schools and one preschool to provide children with healthy snacks.PORCH, a hunger relief organization in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, offers food such as fresh produce and dry goods to families in need once a month. Despite this effort, some students were still coming to school with no snacks.
Mai Mai Suisin had never eaten canned food until she arrived in the U.S. last year as a refugee from Burma by way of Malaysia.
“We’re always used to eating all kinds of vegetables…without vegetables we cannot survive,” Suisin said. “That’s really the main food in our life.”