Setting Out to Fight Hunger


PORCH Wake Forest is a local non-profit organization under the umbrella of PORCH Communities, an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger-relief organization. We collect food through monthly neighborhood food drives and distribute donations to feed food-insecure children in our community. Monthly Drives provide 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 a few hours a month.

Daniel Simon, Ariana Simon, Dylan Koliander, and Devin Koliander co-founded PORCH – Wake Forest in March 2021 as an ongoing response to community need. We are partnering with North East Wake Backpack Buddies which provides weekend meals to children in our community who would otherwise go hungry. The students North East Wake Backpack Buddies serves are identified as food insecure by their schools and get free or reduced meals at school. NEW backpack Buddies’ goal is to feed these kids over the weekend.

Get Involved

Become a Supporter

  1. Sign up to participate in our monthly food collections (It’s a one-time sign up to become a part of PORCH Wake  Forest and be added to our monthly pickup list).
  2. While doing your regular grocery shopping, pick up extra food that children can prepare themselves (we will provide a list of suggestions).
  3. On the last Thursday of each month, place the food items on your front porch (A monthly reminder will be sent in order for you to opt in or opt out for that month’s collection.).
  4. We will pick up your food donation and it will be delivered to North East Wake Backpack Buddies where it will be sorted, packed, and delivered to school children.
Sign up here

Our Menu

North East Wake Backpack Buddies needs the following items in individually pre-portioned and non-glass packaging.

  • Cereal (individual)
  • Canned entre (7oz – 15oz)
  • Granola or Cereal bars (individual)
  • Mac and Cheese (individual)
  • Ramen noodles (individual)
  • Salty  Snacks (individual)
  • Oatmeal (individual)
  • Peanut Butter crackers (individual)
  • Fruit cups or applesauce (individual)
  • Sweet Snacks (individual)
  • Peanut Butter (15 oz)


Become a Neighborhood Coordinator

A neighborhood coordinators role is to spread the word about the designated day for the monthly food drive in their street or neighborhood, pick up donations from porches and deliver the food to NEW Backpack Buddies.
If you like to volunteer as one of our neighborhood coordinators please use the sign up here button below and fill out the short form.

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Make a Cash Donation

To make a cash donation to North East Wake Backpack Buddies, click our donate button.

Donate to PORCH Wake Forest

Our Start

In March, 2021, we started our PORCH community to supply food to North East Wake Backpack Buddies. Non-perishable food donations and monetary donations support the work of North East Wake Backpack Buddies.

Who We Help

North East Wake Backpack Buddies provides food to children who face food insecurity. North East Wake Backpack Buddies works with 20 schools in our community including Sanford Creek, Heritage Elementary, Rolesville Elementary, Richland Creek, Forest Pines, and Jones Dairy.

With Thanks

Thank you to our incredible donors, your compassion and generosity is inspiring!

Supporting Neighborhoods

We currently collect donations in the following neighborhoods. If you don’t see your neighborhood listed or would like to get involved in one of the collections listed below, we would love to add you to our program! Email us,

Collection Dates


October Collection

Sign up here to receive notifications about our upcoming collections and be added to our list of donors.


November Collection

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