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 over 400 families (including more than 1800 individuals) 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.
Here are the generous sponsors for our 2018-19 Food for Schools program:
- Amy Guskiewicz, Fonville Morisey Realty
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club
- Elefante Financial Services
- Ellis Family Dentistry
- Erika Buchholtz, Erika & Co. for Your Home
- Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS PA
- Great Clips – Carrboro Plaza and Meadowmont
- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Outreach Ministry
- Kitchen & Bath Galleries
- Martha Newport Realty Group
- Meadowmont Dentistry
- Scroggs Family
- Southern Village Pharmacy
- Stuckey & Boyd Financial Services
- Caren Parker, Terra Nova Global Properties Inc.
- The Christine Khoury Team
- Tony Hall & Associates, Residential Real Estate
Food for Thought Program
Food for Thought creates more public awareness about the prevalence of food
insecurity in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. While many consider this to be an
affluent community, it masks the true picture. Over 15% of adults and 20% of children in Orange County are food insecure, meaning that they lack
sufficient food for an active, healthy life. Over 29% of the 12,000
children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools (CHCCS) receive free or
reduced-price lunch. What’s more, healthy, fresh food is prohibitively
expensive for all too many of these low-income families. Through monthly
newsletters, social media, speaking engagements, fact sheets, and a video
series posted on this website, PORCH shines the spotlight on neighbors
struggling with food insecurity. We also enlist our volunteers in a monthly
postcard writing campaign to local, state, and federally elected officials
around hunger and poverty issues.
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!