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PORCH Hillsborough is a dynamic community of volunteers committed to fighting hunger in northern Orange County, North Carolina. Our simple, sustainable programs provide non-perishable and fresh food to children and families who need it through food drives to support the local pantry, produce deliveries to at-risk families, food distributions in undeserved communities, and the purchase of healthy snacks for hungry kids in our schools.


PORCH’s vision: Where no one goes hungry

Backpack? Check.

Notebooks and pencils? Check.

Dependable access to healthy, nutritious food? Sadly, no. Nearly half of Orange County School students lack that basic back-to-school essential.

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PORCH Hillsborough Programs

PORCH for Pantries

Local pantries are a critical lifeline for families who struggle to put food on the table. Each month, Neighborhood Coordinators volunteering with PORCH Hillsborough collect non-perishable items from local porches and deliver them to the Orange County Schools Central Pantry located at Orange Middle School and Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) food pantry in Hillsborough.

PORCH for Schools

No child should struggle to focus in school because they are hungry, and teachers should not have to spend their own personal funds to buy snacks for students. That’s why PORCH partners with local businesses and individuals to sponsor a healthy snack program for children in public schools and after-school programs.  Our PORCH for Schools snack program works in collaboration with school social workers to serve the 13 Orange County public schools and the local Head Start program.

PORCH Fresh

As a supplement to the non-perishable goods that are more widely available at pantries, PORCH Fresh provides a monthly distribution of fresh food – including vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, and dairy – to food insecure families in our community.  Farmer Foodshare produce boxes are provided to 150 OC school families identified as being at risk for hunger by school social workers.  Additionally, fresh items such as protein, eggs, and cheese are distributed by PORCH Hillsborough at our various monthly community food distributions. Weaver Street Market Round-Up funds help fund this effort.

PORCH for Communities

In 2020 as the Covid pandemic hit, PORCH Hillsborough began working in partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to conduct monthly food distributions to local families in need.  PORCH Hillsborough uses your monetary gifts to supplement the Food Bank donations with fresh eggs, cheese, protien, and grocery gift cards.

 

 

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In 2023, PORCH Hillsborough donated 52,000 pounds of non-perishables, $48,000 in fresh eggs and protein, $45,000 in fresh fruits and vegetables, and $94,000 in grocery gift cards to members of our community. This totals over $275,000 in hunger relief to Hillsborough and northern Orange County!

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About PORCH

PORCH Communities fights food insecurity by creating sustainable hunger relief programs at the local level. Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH has grown into a repeatable model of monthly neighborhood food drives and fresh produce distribution supplying food pantries, schools, and community programs across the country. PORCH’s volunteer network, now in 550 neighborhoods across 10 states, has contributed more than $12 million dollars in hunger relief.

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