A year and a half ago Susan Romaine had an idea.
As a co-founder of PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes), Romaine had tried spreading the word through standard means like social media and traditional media outlets. Her goal was to get other communities to adopt the PORCH model: Once a month, on a designated day, neighborhood residents place a food donation on their front porch. Then a neighborhood coordinator makes the rounds to pick up the donations, which are driven to a central location to be sorted, packed and delivered to local food pantries. The neighborhood-based hunger relief organization has spread its model to other parts of Orange County and regionally, but Romaine wanted to amplify the message.
And then it came to her: a children’s book – not only that, but one written by local children.