PORCH, Inc. 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.
To combat hunger on a variety of levels, PORCH offers these four programs:
Food for Pantries
Canned goods and other non-perishable items are delivered each month to local food pantries, evening out the ebbs and flows of their ongoing needs. PORCH communicates regularly with each of the pantries to ensure its donations are meeting specific needs, and not just stockpiling shelves with foods they already have.
Food for Families
This unique program provides healthy, fresh food (including fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and chicken) to families identified by school social workers as being especially at risk of hunger. When food stamps run out, this supplemental Food for Families can make the difference between a healthy meal and a skipped meal.
Food for Schools
This brand new 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 re-energize and re-focus kids in the classroom until their free lunch in the cafeteria.
Food for Thought
Through its Food for Thought program, PORCH educates the public about the severity of hunger right here at home through monthly emails, newsletters, journalism, social media, and public speaking.
Note: Programs do vary by community.
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