Our Story

PORCH was started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC by three friends, Christine Cotton, Debbie Horwitz, and Susan Romaine. What began with a few cans of tuna collected for a local food pantry has grown into a replicable model of monthly neighborhood food drives that support food pantries across North Carolina and in other states. PORCH communities have gathered and distributed over $4.8 million worth of food to neighbors in need.

Our Programs

PORCH’s core hunger-fighting program consists of volunteer-organized neighborhood food drives that supply local food pantries and families in need. Individual PORCH communities may choose to participate in additional hunger-fighting programs, as their time and resources allow.

Our Programs

Start a PORCH

PORCH is a simple, flexible, grassroots hunger relief model that allows participants to commit as much or as little time as they have available. It’s very easy to start a PORCH community, and with the help of your neighbors, you can make a real contribution to local hunger relief efforts. Monthly neighborhood food drives run by volunteers are at the heart of this effective, grassroots hunger relief model.

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Meet the Volunteer Board Members who are working to make the dream of a PORCH in every community a reality.

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