The PORCH Initiative
PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger-relief organization whose mission
is to collect and distribute food for families going hungry in the Chapel hill and
Carrboro community. Through monthly neighborhood food drives, PORCH stocks
the shelves of eight local food pantries, and delivers food donations in other ways,
too. More than 3,000 residents living in 130 neighborhoods throughout Chapel hill
and Carrboro now participate in PORCH’s monthly food drives.
Donors in each neighborhood put a bag of groceries (nonperishables, no glass
containers— otherwise, any foodstuff goes) on their porch or front step by 8:30am
on collection day. The neighborhood volunteers come get it and take the donations
to a central collection point where it gets sorted and taken to where it’s going later
that same day.
Donors are reminded by email a few days before collection day, which is always a
Monday and usually the third Monday of the month. And that’s it. You don’t have
to make a special shopping trip: if you can find one or two suitable items in your
pantry: feel free to put those out. You don’t have to provide a whole bagful: anything
is better than nothing. Or you may write a check to PORCH, and the monies will be
used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
Falconbridge has been participating for several years. We have 33 people on our
Falconbridge donor list at the moment, and generally have about 20 donors each
month. We’d like more. It’s a good and easy thing to do, especially necessary in this
time of cuts in food stamp programs and unemployment benefits. There are going
to be more hungry people in North Carolina in 2014 than there were in 2013.
If this sounds like something you’d like to participate in, please contact Paul
Griffiths, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-282-6155. I’ll happily add you to the list, and
answer any questions you might have. You can find out more about the program at its website: http://porchnc.org/.