About PORCH Hillsborough
PORCH Hillsborough is an all-volunteer hunger-relief organization founded in 2011 to fight hunger in northern Orange County. Beginning with food drives in just 3 neighborhoods, our first Food for Pantries donation to the Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) food pantry weighed 240 pounds. Since then we have grown to over 30 neighborhoods and added the Meadowlands Business Community. PORCH Hillsborough now donates almost 4,000 pounds of non-perishables monthly!
In 2016, PORCH Hillsborough started the Food for Schools program, providing nutritious snacks to each of the 13 Orange County Public Schools and the local Head Start Program for children in need. In 2018, we launched the Food for Families program to deliver boxes of fresh produce every month to families identified by school social workers for being at risk of hunger. In 2020, as the Covid pandemic emerged, PORCH Hillsborough expanded our operations to include food distributions in partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. These distributions have served hundreds of Orange County families in need of food during this crisis.
Nancy Grebenkemper PORCH Hillsborough Founder | Neighborhood Coordinator Organizer
Linda Leikin Director | PORCH Hillsborough
Elizabeth Dicker | PORCH Hillsborough
Sarah Zink | Food Distribution Coordinator
Anna Waters | Food for Schools Coordinator
Over the last 10 years, PORCH Hillsborough has donated 300,000 pounds of non-perishables to the OCIM pantry with a value of over $500,000.
In 2020, a year in which the need in our community increased dramatically,
- We assisted 300-400 households, representing 1,100-1,500 people in Orange County, on a monthly basis with fresh food, grocery cards, and non-perishables through PORCH Hillsborough programs and in partnership with Weaver Street Market and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
- Our Food for Pantries program sent more than 50,000 pounds of donated food to Orange Congregations in Mission.
- We distributed over $85,000 in grocery gift cards to Orange County families in need.