- Collect bags on PORCH pick up days
- Sort food
- Social media/marketing
- Become a Neighborhood Coordinator and help us offer this program to YOUR Marietta neighborhood
- Donate food
Welcome to PORCH Marietta! We are a local all-volunteer, grassroots organization committed to fighting hunger in our community. We collect food and cash donations through monthly neighborhood food drives, and distribute donations to local food pantries to feed families in need in Marietta.
Food security is a household’s ability to access nutritious foods. According to Feeding America, 64,630 Cobb County residents are food insecure. This means they have a reduced quality and variety of diet, may eat less, and their eating patterns are disrupted due to lack of money and resources. This creates a higher demand for services and more need for volunteer and donor support.
Neighbors helping neighbors. PORCH Marietta was started in response to the growing rate of food insecurity caused by the pandemic. Many of our friends and neighbors were looking for a way to make a difference in our community. There are individual PORCH communities like ours all over the country. They give people the opportunity to make an immediate impact in their communities by providing an ongoing and stable supply of food to pantries and program participants.
Anyone can help by donating, collecting, sorting, distributing, or organizing volunteers in as little as 1-2 hours a month. We hope to grow and add many more communities to our team. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization that has collected and donated more than $2.1 million in hunger relief across all their communities.
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, residents place a food donation on their front porch, based on a food pantry’s wish list.
A volunteer neighborhood coordinator goes porch to porch and picks up the food donations.
The donations are then delivered to The Center for Family Resources and Brumby Elementary Food Pantry.
The three-step process is easy and it’s also efficient. With the help of dedicated volunteers, all the food collected from the neighborhood food drives moves from porch to pantries in just a few hours’ time. From there, it goes to individuals and families who struggle with food insecurity.
PORCH is easy. Donors just leave food on their porches and volunteers pick it up.
PORCH is consistent. Monthly drives provide an ongoing and stable supply of food to pantries and program participants.
PORCH is inclusive. Anyone can help by donating, collecting, sorting, distributing or organizing volunteers in as little as a few hours a month. We welcome everyone, kids to seniors. PORCH makes a great community service project for students too!
PORCH is flexible. Coordinators can request neighbors donate specific items as required by a pantry in any given month, best meeting the needs of the pantries and families. There is no monthly commitment for donors.
Local pantries are a critical lifeline for families who struggle to put food on the table. Each month, Neighborhood Coordinators volunteering with PORCH Marietta collect non-perishable items from local porches and then sort the items before delivering them to our community’s pantries. These pantries serve some of our most vulnerable neighbors, who are likely to also face challenges related to affordable housing, transportation and child care. Our pantry partners continue to see increases in demand, and report that their partnership with PORCH-Marietta has allowed them to sustain and expand their services.
We serve the following food pantries:
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 their students. That’s why PORCH Marietta partners with local businesses and individuals to sponsor a healthy snack program for children in Title 1 public schools. If you are interested in becoming a PORCH for Schools sponsor, reach out for more information.
PORCH for Schools relies solely on the support of sponsors to provide healthy snacks. Please help us express our gratitude by supporting their businesses and organizations!
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As a supplement to the non-perishable goods that are more widely available, PORCH Marietta’s Fresh program provides a monthly distribution of fresh food – including milk and eggs – to our food insecure neighbors who visit our pantry partners.
See the donate button at the top of the page to make a financial donation online. It’s simple and very helpful for our pantries. We’ll do the shopping for you.
Looking for an easy way to donate food? Going to be away on your neighborhood’s collection day? Try ordering from our Amazon registry! This is updated monthly with many items from our food pantries’ wish lists. Your donation will be shipped directly to PORCH-Marietta.
Great news! As of February 2023, PORCH-Marietta has donated over 14,000 pounds of food to help our hungry neighbors! This translates into over 10,700 meals that might otherwise have been skipped. Many thanks to our generous donors.
Upcoming collection dates:
January 12, 2023
February 9, 2023
March 9, 2023
April 20, 2023
May 11, 2023
June 8, 2023
July 13, 2023
August 10, 2023
September 14, 2023
October 12, 2023
November 9, 2023
December 14, 2023
Breakfast bars/cereal bars
Instant mashed potatoes
Knorr’s pasta & rice sides
Pancake mix (just add water)
Instant oatmeal or grits
Founded by Liz Platner. PORCH Marietta joins the growing network of PORCH affiliates.