Who We Are
PORCH-Durham Board of Directors
Grace L.P. Beason
Meghan Brown, Durham County Public Health
Venessa Diaz, Durham County Connects
Layla Martin, MA, MSW, LCSW, Durham Public Schools
Chenelle McInnis, MBA- Secretary
Jen Meldrum, Co-Founder- Chair
Mandy Murphy; Girls on the Run International
Amy Oakley, Goldman Sachs
Pat Scheper- Treasurer; Live Oak Bank
Don’t miss “Food Fighters“, a documentary by Ben Saalfield, a wonderful peek into our programs and other food security programs in Durham County.
After hearing about the success of PORCH in Chapel Hill (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes), Durham community members Lesli Garrison, Chasie Harris, and Jen Meldrum, decided to join forces and start PORCH-Durham.
In January of 2011, we began our monthly PORCH-Durham food collections in support of the BackPack Buddies program sponsored by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS).
In 2013, the IFFS introduced the School Pantry Program (using food collected from PORCH-Durham that was not suitable for backpack buddies), that currently serves up to 250 students every week in 3 elementary, 4 middle, 4 high schools, Durham Technical Community College, Durham Teen Center, Healthy Families of Durham, and the Durham Literacy Center.
In February 2012, PORCH-Durham received federal tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) 3 and Public Charity Status.
Our mission is to provide supplemental food to children and families facing hunger in Durham County.