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PORCH Charlotte is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization whose mission is to collect and distribute food for all those going hungry in the Charlotte community.

In November 2015, PORCH Charlotte held its first neighborhood food drive.  We grew for several years, and had a short hiatus due to lack of volunteers.  Then COVID-19 happened, and our local food banks and pantries saw an increased demand as the pandemic continued. 

Food security is a household’s ability to access nutritious foods, which contributes to an active and healthy life through physical, social, and economic means. According to Mecklenburg County’s Public Health Department, nearly 15% of Mecklenburg County’s households are considered food insecure, which means they have a reduced quality and variety of diet, may eat less, and eating patterns are disrupted due to lack of money and resources.

Now more than ever, there is a higher demand for services and more need for volunteer and donor support. That makes our focus on reducing and ultimately eliminating hunger in Charlotte even more critical.

About PORCH

Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH 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.

So what exactly is PORCH, and how does it work?  They collect food and cash donations through monthly neighborhood food drives, and then distribute that food to hundreds of at-risk families in our community. It could not be easier (or safer) to participate. Just add a few of the items in need to your grocery trip, and then put them in a bag on your porch on the designated day. The neighborhood coordinator will send out reminders, pick up the donations off their neighbors’ porches once a month, then drop everything off at a local food bank.
If this is something you’d be willing to participate in by leaving non-perishable food on your porch once a month or serving as a neighborhood coordinator, please let us know and email michelle@porchcommuninties.org. It is a lot of fun working together as a neighborhood to help others. Food insecurity is at an all-time high right now, and this is a good way for those who are able to help those who really need it.
Feel free to spread the word among your neighbors too, the more the merrier! You can contribute every month or just whenever it is convenient, and you can contribute any amount – a single can of soup or multiple bags on your porch. All contributions matter and are valued. One small donation at a time, together we can make a big difference in feeding the hungry in our community.

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How PORCH 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 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 local food bank or food pantry

The three-step process is easy, fast, and it’s also safe.

Become a Neighborhood Coordinator

During the collection week, coordinate food collection in your neighborhood, on your street or even your cul-de-sac. Whether you collect from 2, 20 or 200 houses – we need your help!

If this is something you’d be willing to participate in by leaving non-perishable food on your porch once a month or serving as a neighborhood coordinator, please let us know and email michelle@porchcommuninties.org. It is a lot of fun working together as a neighborhood to help others. Food insecurity is at an all-time high right now, and this is a good way for those who are able to help those who really need it.

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Participating Neighborhoods

We collect in the following neighborhoods. If you don’t see your neighborhood listed, we would love to add you to our list! Email michelle@porchcommunities.org for more information.

  • Beverly Woods: TBD
  • Colonial Village: TBD
  • Cotswold: TBD
  • Dilworth: TBD
  • Foxcroft: TBD
  • Madison Park: Michelle Magnasco
  • Myers Park: TBD
  • Sedgefield: TBD
  • Winding Brook/ Governors Square: TBD

Donate Food

Reach out to us at michelle@porchcommunities.org and we will let you know if there is a coordinator in your neighborhood or where the closest physical drop-off location is that month.

 

Volunteer

Help us with monthly collection and/or food pantry distribution.

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Partners

If you would like to partner with PORCH Charlotte email michelle@porchcommunities.org.

 

Recipients

If you know of a food pantry that could benefit from PORCH CHarlotte, please email charlotte@porchcommunities.org

The Madison Park neighborhood currently partners with Wedgewood Community Church Food Pantry, which operates in partnership with Hearts Beat As One Foundation.  Click on the link for a great article about the pantry and how they serve others.


Upcoming Collection Dates

APR
14

April Collection Date

Specific suggested items in greatest need this month (listed in order of priority) include:
Non-Perishable Food items:
-Dried Pasta and Pasta Sauce
-Peanut Butter and Jelly
-Canned Tuna/Chicken
-Breakfast Items
-Canned Soup
-Canned Beans
-Rice
Perishable Food Items: (the pantry now has a refrigerator!)
-Packaged Meats (hot dogs, ground beef, bacon, chicken, sandwich meat)
-Potatoes
-Onions
-Oranges
Other Items:
-Diapers (all sizes) and Wipes
“Nice to Have” Items: (per our food pantry, these items tend to be more expensive but they are also the hardest items for our patrons to find)
-Salt, Pepper, and other Seasonings/Spices
-All-Purpose Flour
-Sugar
-Cooking Oil
-Coffee
-Chips
-Granola
MAY
5

May Collection Date

JUN
10

June Collection Date