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 underserved communities, and the purchase of healthy snacks for hungry kids in our schools.
Please make a note of our new mailing address: PORCH Hillsborough, c/o Jonathan Mandeville, 606 Benton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
“Fresh food is a basic human right.”
Through a grant from Farmer Foodshare and Carolina Farm Stewardship, Porch Hillsborough is receiving 100 boxes of fresh food to distribute to families in need in our community.
This distribution will reach families in the Fairview and Cedar Grove communities throughout the summer.
Many thanks to the inimitable Corly Jones who made this happen. As Corly says, “Fresh food is a basic human right.” We totally agree 100%!
Fairview Community Garden Assistance
Starting in May and running through the summer, PORCH Hillsborough and the Eno River Farmers Market in Downtown Hillsborough
are teaming up to support seven local families who have been donating their time and energy to tend the garden! Each month between now and the fall, these families will receive $25 of Community Gardener Cash to spend at the Eno River Market! It’s not a secret that we’re passionate about expanding access to fresh produce for all members of our community, so supporting a community garden and the folks who are working hard to nurture it is a natural “heck yes!” from us.
Learn more about volunteering
Year to date in 2022, PORCH Hillsborough has donated 16,000 pounds of non-perishables, 27,000 pounds of fresh food, and $18,000 in grocery gift cards to members of our community. This totals over $62,000 in hunger relief to Hillsborough and northern Orange County, and we’re just getting started!
PORCH Hillsborough Programs
Food for Pantries
Once a month we collect non-perishable food items from our network of PORCH neighborhoods and businesses to fill the shelves of our local food pantries. We currently serve the Orange County Schools Central Pantry located at Orange Middle School and Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) food pantry in Hillsborough.
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.
PORCH Fresh & Food for Families
Our fresh food programs work to provide healthy, fresh produce to 180 families identified by school social workes as being at risk for hunger. Our newest venture, PORCH Fresh, provides Farmer Food Share produce boxes while our Food for Families program works in partnership with Weaver Street Market to provide produce to local families.
Food for Schools
Our Food for Schools snack program works in collaboration with school social workers to provide hungry students with nutritious, brain-boosting snacks so they can concentrate on learning without feeling hungry. This initiative serves the 13 Orange County public schools and the local Head Start program.