About PORCH Durham

PORCH-Durham’s mission is to provide supplemental food to children and families facing hunger in Durham County. Established in 2011, PORCH-Durham works in partnership with a variety of Durham County nonprofit organizations and Durham Public Schools to identify children and families most at risk of hunger. We provide shelf-stable foods from our monthly neighborhood food drives, fresh produce, and emergency grocery gift cards. PORCH-Durham programs are designed to deliver foods and funds directly to locations where families are already receiving services to help eliminate access barriers.

Our Team

Amy Jones | Executive Director

Board of Directors

Jen Meldrum | Chair & Co-Founder

Mandy Murphy; Girls on the Run International | Vice-Chair

Amy Oakley; Goldman Sachs | Treasurer

Darryl Barnes; Durham Children’s Initiative

Vanessa Diaz; Durham County Public Health, DINE (Durham’s Innovative Nutrition Education)

Shaneeka Moore-Lawrence; Durham Public Schools

Patience Mukelabai; Welcome Baby

Karlene Fyffe Phillips; Durham Public Libraries

Pat Scheper; Live Oak Bank

Juliellen Simpson-Vos; Girls on the Run International


Lesli Garrison

Chasie Harris

Jen Meldrum

In 2020 alone, PORCH-Durham collected over $100,000 of nonperishable foods and purchased and distributed over $158,000 in grocery gift cards.

Thank you to our incredible donors, with your help we have been able to help those who are struggling during these difficult times. Your compassion and generosity is incredible!

Participating Neighborhoods

See the button below if you would like to contact your neighborhood coordinator or contact us at Durham@porchcommunities.org if you do not see your neighborhood listed.

PORCH by the Numbers

Partner Organizations
Thousand dollars of emergency grocery cards
Active Neighborhoods

Collection Dates

2021 Collection Dates

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