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PORCH-Briar Chapel is a neighborhood-based volunteer driven grassroots hunger relief organization. We gather non-perishable food donations through our monthly food drives on the second Friday of each month. These donations serve various recipients including CORA Food Pantry, which offers emergency food assistance to individuals and families in Chatham County, NC. Additionally, we serve children who participate in the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsboro by providing fresh produce and non-perishable items, support school supply drives for the Chatham Education Foundation, and collaborate with student-led related projects.

How Porch Works: A Timeline

9:00am  On the second Friday of each month, 12 volunteer drivers search their Briar Chapel “Village” routes collecting food contributions left on the porch of our neighborhood participants.

9:30am Volunteer drivers typically arrive at the Briar Chapel Clubhouse meeting an additional 20+ volunteers who unload hundreds of bags and boxes of collected food stuff, sort the contributions by category, and load into a truck provided by the Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA).

10:15am  The CORA truck departs the Club House loaded with 2,000-3,000 pounds of sorted food contributions and delivers to the pantry for stocking and distribution to needy families throughout Chatham County.

Watch this video to see our Briar Chapel neighbors in action on PORCH Friday!


The Briar Chapel PORCH volunteers collected and delivered 2,766 pounds of food to the CORA food pantry in February ‘24. Through the generosity of our residents, we are having impact on the fight against hunger in Chatham County.

Our 2023 Impact Statement

In 2022, PORCH-Briar Chapel joined forces with The Produce Box and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health to integrate the PORCH Fresh program into our regular monthly food drive.  Children who attend the new Pittsboro Boys and Girls Club will receive a box of fresh produce, a bag of non-perishable foods along with creative recipe ideas.  Through our partnership with The Produce Box, we are able to provide fresh food from local farmers to the families of children in the program.


Get Involved

Volunteer Roles

How can you volunteer for PORCH Briar Chapel?

  • Collect bags on PORCH pickup days.
  • Help load the food pantry truck at the clubhouse.
  • Join our PORCH Fresh team.
  • Join special PORCH projects.
  • Donate!

If you want to join the PORCH Briar Chapel team, contact us at

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Next pick up is May 8, starting at 9AM.

Food Recommendations

CORA Food Pantry Special Needs for May

Canned Fruit and Fruit Cups (not applesauce)
Canned Meat (chicken, tuna, salmon, ham)
Pasta Sauce in cans
Pasta and Rice

Always appreciated

Pasta Sauce (1 can or plastic bottle; no glass please)
Soup (1 large or 2 small cans)
Canned Veggies (1 can, preferably green veggie)
Canned Beans (1 can, any type)
Canned Fruit in Juice (1 can, any type)
Rice (1 bag or box, plain white or brown preferred)
Peanut Butter or Almond Butter (1 container, no glass please)
Canned Meat (2 small or 1 large can)
Mac and Cheese (1-2 boxes)
Fresh Apples (please package in a separate bag to prevent damage)
*aluminum foil
Low sodium canned veggies
Low sugar canned fruit
Cooking oil
Pie/Cookie/Brownie Mix
Hygiene Items

Farewell to a Legend

A builder, a mentor, and a dedicated servant to fighting hunger, the PORCH-Briar Chapel community extends a fond farewell to Kathy Tawney; a driving force in developing and growing the neighborhood PORCH effort. Kathy has spearheaded the growth and reach of PORCH-Briar Chapel to become

  • The fourth largest PORCH community in the country
  • A leading contributor to CORA food pantry
  • A monthly provider of fresh food to over 70 families at the Boys & Girls Club, Pittsboro
  • A resource for Briar Chapel community and student-run efforts, such as Ending Period Poverty, Backpack resource programs and Roadless Races collaboration (and/or Disaster Relief Programs)
  • A hub for Briar Chapel’s generosity and teamwork

While Kathy was supported by a team of over 60 ambitious volunteers, her extensive responsibilities are now divided among a new PORCH-Briar Chapel leadership committee.

Kathy’s retirement from PORCH coincides with that of her husband, Paul. They now look to spend more time together travelling, playing pickleball, dancing and enjoying life.

The community thanks you… and your many friends in the volunteer team at PORCH thank you.

We wish you Godspeed, Kathy


Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH Communities is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization that has collected and donated more than $4.8 million in hunger relief across all their communities.   PORCH Communities is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated in North Carolina. The PORCH Briar Chapel is a chapter of PORCH Communities.

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