PORCH Decatur is a local non-profit organization under the umbrella of PORCH Communities; we are an all volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization. We collect food and cash donations through monthly neighborhood food drives, and distribute donations to feed hundreds of at-risk families in our community.
Barbara Hardin, Dot Moye and Hope Baker founded PORCH – Decatur in July 2020 as an ongoing response to community need. Ellen Bishop joined Barbara and Hope after the sudden death of our co-founder, Dot, in July, 2021.
We are sponsored through Holy Trinity Parish and organized within the structure of the national PORCH organization, enabling us to get up and running quickly as the scope of hunger in our community was laid bare during the pandemic.
The PORCH model uses a network of neighborhood coordinators (NCs) to solicit and collect donations from their neighbors. PORCH – Decatur currently has 26 NCs in 20 neighborhoods around Decatur and Greater Atlanta. Once a month, the NCs and individual donors bring their collected donations our intake event. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary donations benefit Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) and the Atlanta Community Food Bank as well as programs such as Church of the Common Ground, an outdoor faith community for the homeless of Atlanta.
- When: Second Sunday of each month from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, except in December
- Where: Holy Trinity Parish at 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA
January 2023 Most Needed Items:
canned lima beans
canned baked beans
canned beef stew
1 lb packages of yellow rice
grape or strawberry jelly
canned fruit (pineapple, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges)
peanut butter sandwich crackers
canned tuna fish
Adult diapers in size M and XL for women
sizes newborn, 5 and 6, and sizes 4T-5T baby diapers
individual or small packets of wet wipes (for our unhoused clients)
ONGOING NEEDS FOR DEAM
Donations of non-perishable food items that are especially needed on a continuing basis:
powdered (or pods) laundry detergent**
corn muffin mix
kid friendly cereal
feminine hygiene products
**Economy-sized boxes of these are most welcome.
PORCH cannot accept expiration dates earlier than March, 2022!
- CHURCH OF THE COMMON GROUND NEEDS
- Brown Paper Lunch Bags
- Bottled Water (16oz)
- Wrapped Soft Snacks (like granola bars)
- Drink Powder Flavor Packets (indiv. size)
- Mustard or Mayo Packets (indiv. size)
Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH is an all-volunteer,
grassroots hunger relief organization that has
collected and donated more than $2.1 million
in hunger relief across all their communities.
Learn More About PORCH
In July, 2022, PORCH-Decatur celebrated Tow Years of food drives to help our community! The need in our community continues, and PORCH needs you! Help us collect, receive and process donations on 2nd Sundays. If physical tasks are not for you, checking expirations dates is a job you can do while sitting, so please join us!
Drop-off and sorting take place at:
Holy Trinity Parish, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA
Come to the double red doors on Sycamore Place
Food drives are on 2nd Sundays from 3-4:30pm
To get involved complete our Volunteer Form
or email us at: Decatur@porchcommunities.org
Be a Neighborhood Coordinator!
Neighborhood coordinators recruit neighbors to donate food, then pick up the donations before each monthly food drive. The NCs bring their neighborhood’s donations to the drop-off held from 3-4:30 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month except December.
Want to donate but don’t have a neighborhood coordinator? Individual Donors are welcome, too! Just drive up with your donations.
NEXT FOOD DRIVES:
February 12, 2023
March 12, 2023
April falls on Easter so we are doing a special event on April 23, 1-3PM. Look for more info, coming soon!
May 14, 2023 Mother’s Day! Help our hungry mamas feed their families.
June 11, 2023
July 9, 2023
August 13, 2023
September 10, 2023
October 8, 2023
November 12, 2023
December 2023–no physical food drive. Please consider making a monetary donation to support PORCH and our recipient organizations.
During our first two years of operation, PORCH-Decatur collected 2212 bags of food, worth approximately $44,240 and $1420 in monetary donations from our generous neighbors.
Non-perishable food and cash donations support the work of Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM). The bulk of our food donations were sent directly to DEAM, as well as a monetary donation.
Donations also support ministries for the food-insecure such as Holy Trinity’s sack lunches, Church of the Common Ground (faith ministry to Atlanta’s unhoused), the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Free Fridge and more.
Contact us at Decatur@porchcommunities.org if you would like to contact your neighborhood coordinator or if you do not see your neighborhood listed.
- Ansley Terrace
- Avondale Estates
- Chelsea Heights
- Glenn Square
- Great Lakes
- Hawthorne Park
- Kensington Parc
- Lamont/ Vidal
- Town Square
- Talley Street Lofts
- Tuxedo Park
- Winnona Park-East
- Winnona Park-West
Founded by Barbara Hardin, Dot Moye and Hope Baker, PORCH Decatur joins the growing network of PORCH affiliates.