Food for Pantries Program
Canned goods and other non-perishable items are delivered each month to fifteen local food pantries, evening out the ebbs and flows of their ongoing needs. PORCH communicates each month with each of these pantries to ensure our donations are meeting requested needs:
Food for Families Program
This unique program provides healthy, fresh food including fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and chicken to 400 families identified by school social workers as being at risk of hunger. Food for Families provides a variety and quantity of fresh foods (e.g. potatoes, green beans, apples, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, chicken, eggs, milk and more) not provided by any other hunger relief organization. Three bags of fresh food, along with one bag of non-perishables, are provided monthly to these families. This supplemental food can make the difference between a healthy meal and a skipped meal.
Food for Schools Program
This program gets healthy snack foods into the hands of children who need them the most: hungry kids unable to focus in the classroom. The applesauce, raisins, granola bars, and other healthy snacks keep both body and mind nourished. Each of the 19 schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, as well as the district-wide pre-K program, receives $500 worth of healthy snack foods from a local business sponsor each school year. Three local after-school programs are also receiving fresh, nutritious snack foods provided by PORCH monthly.
Food for Thought Program
Food for Thought creates more public awareness about the severity of hunger in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. While many consider this to be an affluent community, it masks the true picture. Over one-fourth of students in our public school system are eligible for free or reduced price meals. And, nearly 40% of workers in Orange County are earning less than a living wage, struggling to meet such basic needs as food, rent, and transportation. Through monthly email communications, social media, speaking engagements, fact sheets, and a video series posted on this website, PORCH shines the spotlight on neighbors working full-time and multiple part-time jobs, but at minimum wage jobs that fail to provide enough income to cover their monthly food bill and other basic needs.
PORCH Cooks Nutrition Program
This program provides nutritional information and easy-to-prepare recipes to families enrolled in PORCH’s Food for Families program. A team of professional nutritionists and dietitians developed the program aimed to encourage families to cook with the fresh fruits and vegetables provided in their free food bags. Each month, two recipes and educational nutrition flyers are distributed to food recipients. Cooking demonstrations and food tastings are done monthly.
Planting Hope Children’s Book
See our Planting Hope Children’s book here!