PORCH Marietta

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 marietta@porchcommunities.org.

About PORCH

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.

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How PORCH Works

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.

Why PORCH works

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.

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.


Get Involved

Volunteer Roles

  • Collect bags on PORCH pick up days
  • Sort food
  • Social media/marketing
  • Photographer
  • Become a Neighborhood Coordinator and help us offer this program to YOUR Marietta neighborhood
  • Donate food
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Make A Donation

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 Target registry or Amazon registry! These are updated monthly with many items from our food pantries’ wish lists. Your donation will be shipped directly to PORCH-Marietta.

 

 

Our Impact

Great news!  As of August 2022, PORCH-Marietta has donated over 2 tons of food to help our hungry neighbors!  Many thanks to our generous donors.

 

Upcoming collection dates: 

November 10, 2022

December 8, 2022

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

Brumby Elementary Food Pantry

Cereal
Pancake mix – just add water
Pasta sauce in cans or plastic
Tuna Helper
Pudding cups
Jelly – plastic jars
Canned pasta – like Chef Boyardee

Center for Family Resources

Canned chicken
Jelly
Canned ravioli
Ramen
Rice – small bags or microwave pouches
Canned fruit/fruit cups
Fruit snacks
Snack crackers
Cereal bars
Spaghetti sauce
Cereal

Supporting Neighborhoods

We would love to add your neighborhood to our team! Contact us at marietta@porchcommunities.org if you would like to reach your neighborhood coordinator or if you do not see your neighborhood listed.

Partners

Founded by Liz Platner. PORCH Marietta joins the growing network of PORCH affiliates.