Seeds of Hope form the Pens of Children

Fight Hunger

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.

Thirty Orange County kids collaboratively wrote and illustrated “Planting Hope” to spread the word about PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes.)