Who We Are
PORCH is an all-volunteer, nonprofit hunger relief organization that provides healthy food and other assistance to thousands of families living in poverty. For a variety of reasons, PORCH is uniquely positioned to strengthen the safety net for these at-risk families:
- It makes gift-giving simple – as simple as placing a can of soup or a box of cereal on a front porch once a month.
- It enlists the support of the entire community through a grassroots model based on neighborhood food drives.
- It is all-volunteer, which means that just about every penny out of every dollar donated goes toward the purchase of food.
- It communicates regularly with local food pantries to ensure their shelves are filled with foods that they need, not stockpiled with foods that they already have.
How It Works
PORCH is built around the very simple idea of a neighborhood food drive. Here’s how it works, in three easy steps:
- Once a month, on a designated day, residents place a food donation (such as a can of soup or tuna) on their front porch.
- A volunteer neighborhood coordinator goes porch to porch and picks up the food donations.
- The donated food is transported by car to a central location where it is sorted, packed, and then delivered to local food pantries.
The three-step process is easy and it’s also fast. With the help of dedicated volunteers, all the food collected from the many neighborhood food drives moves from porch to pantry in just a few hours’ time. From there, it goes quickly into the hands of local families struggling to get enough food to eat.