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 before 10:00am. In some neighborhoods, coordinators ask donors to take food donations to their coordinator’s front porch.
In neighborhoods where coordinators ask neighbors to place donations on their own porches, the coordinator goes to the donors’ porch and picks up the food donations.
The donated food is picked up by volunteers and the CORA truck at the neighborhood coordinators’ porch and transported to the CORA Food Pantry located in Pittsboro and serving all of Chatham County.
The three-step process is easy, fast, and it’s also safe.
Wondering Whether to Donate Cash or Food? / Be Sure to Read This.
Some of you have asked whether CORA prefers donations of food or cash. The answer is that they need both. CORA certainly does appreciate and need cash donations. However, they also need donations of food. The food they are able to purchase from food banks and grocery stores is very limited. For example, they may only be able to get one variety of soup. Their clients really appreciate the opportunity to choose from among several varieties, as their families, like ours, have preferences. Many of the items on CORA’s monthly request lists are not available elsewhere.
So, for some of you, especially those who are unable to shop regularly, cash donations are fine. But those who are able to get to the grocery store and purchase a little more than what is needed in their household are addressing a really important need in our community.
Thank you for a great April! PORCH Chatham (all 26 communities in Chatham County, NC) collected 7,882 pounds of food for our neighbors in need.
Today, as household expenses continue to climb, families are experiencing food insecurity in alarming numbers, and the lines at CORA grow longer. CORA appreciates all your food and cash donations to help them feed so many people. We learned recently that CORA has been able to significantly reduce the amount they spend on food thanks to the food donations provided by PORCH donors.
May is the SNACK! Food Drive and below is a list of the items CORA is asking for:
Canned fruit (in juice if possible)
Individually wrapped snacks- granola bars, raisins, pretzels, etc.
Items That CORA Always Needs
Mackie, CORA’s Pantry Manager, developed with a list of items that you can add to the “Most Needed” list throughout the year. Mackie is confident that these products will move quickly all year long.
Salt & Pepper
Sweet Spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice
Savory Spices – garlic, basil, parsley
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
They do give out coffee. Instant coffee, K-cups, and ground coffee are all appreciated. They ask that people don’t donate whole beans.
Just a few reminders:
Due to food safety, we ask that you do not donate food items that are unsealed, loose items without ingredients listed, or glass containers.
Please make an effort not to donate food that’s past its “use-by” or “sell-by” date. We are committed to serving our families the most nutritious and delicious food that we can in an atmosphere of dignity and respect,
Donate food items each month when we will pick up food from our neighborhood coordinators. NOTE that coordinators may select an earlier date/time each month to collect or receive donations from their neighbors.
If you are a new donor and do not know who your neighborhood coordinator is, check the ABOUT page where you will find the list of coordinators in our 22 neighborhoods. Each coordinator’s name is hot-linked to their email address. Send them a note and you will be added to their contact list so they can stay in touch with you each month.
As a Fearrington Village resident, to make a tax-deductible donation to the CORA Food Bank online. Use the DONATE button. 100% of donations contributed this way go straight to CORA and do not come to PORCH Fearrington.
PORCH Fearrington Accepts Online Donations for the CORA Food Pantry
Consider becoming a sustainer and give monthly! 100% of all donations go straight to CORA. Donate to CORA as a Fearrington Resident.