Our Programs

PORCH programs distribute fresh and non-perishable food to families, pantries and schools. Thanks to PORCH donors and volunteers, kids and families throughout Chapel Hill Carrboro have healthy foods, nutritious snacks, and meals that would otherwise be unaffordable.

Food For Pantries

Neighborhood food pantries have become a critical lifeline for families who struggle to put food on the table. Each month, PORCH collects food and cash donations from neighborhoods across Chapel Hill-Carrboro, and delivers food to pantries for distribution. In 2021, PORCH worked with 15 pantries to identify and collect the items that families need the most.


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Food For Families

With 20% of children experiencing food insecurity and 29% of children receiving free or reduced school lunches, hundreds of children in our community don’t know where their next meal will come from. As a supplement to the non-perishable goods that are more widely available at pantries, PORCH’s Food For Families program provides a monthly distribution of a variety of fresh food, like milk, eggs, chicken, and produce to families with children in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools.

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Food for Schools

No child should miss classes or struggle in school because they are hungry! That’s why PORCH partners with local businesses and individuals to provide healthy snack foods to children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, the district-wide pre-K program, and three local after-school programs.

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Food for Thought

Food insecurity is a growing issue, with roughly 20% of children in North Carolina living in families  that are struggling to put food on the table. Food For Thought raises awareness about food insecurity, calls attention to the intersectionality of food insecurity and poverty, and strives to engage the community in grass-roots, as well as systemic solutions to address hunger.

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Since its founding in 2010, PORCH has provided $4.5 million in hunger relief to residents in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community

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