Who We Are
PORCH-Durham Board of Directors
- Grace L.P. Beason
- Lesli A. Garrison, Co-Founder
- Chasie Harris, Co-Founder
- Chenelle McInnis, MBA- Secretary
- Jen Meldrum, Co-Founder- Chair
- Pat Scheper- Treasurer
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 InterFaith Food Shuttle (IFFS).
In February 2012, PORCH-Durham received federal tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) 3 and Public Charity Status.
Our mission is to support the BackPack Buddies and School Pantry programs in Durham, North Carolina.
How PORCH-Durham 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, on a designated day, residents place a food donation of individual sized-portions on their front porch.
- A volunteer neighborhood coordinator goes porch to porch and picks up the food donations.
- The donated food is transported by car to a central location where it is sorted, packed into backpacks, and then delivered to 18 participating schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, the Durham Teen Center, Health Families Durham, and the Durham Literacy Center.
The three-step process is easy and it’s also fast. With the help of dedicated volunteers, all the food collected from the many neighborhood food drives moves from porch to schools and pantries in just a few hours’ time. From there, it goes to children struggling to get enough food to eat.
Every weekend of the school year, weekend backpacks of food are packaged and leave the IFFS’ Durham location and go home to those elementary school children who are food insecure. Weekend backpacks include the following food items to get the children through the weekend: 2 proteins (tuna, meat, beans), 2 veggies, 1 fruit, 2 milk, 2 juice, 2 noodles, 2 breakfast items, and 2 snacks. Through food donations and monetary support, PORCH-Durham currently supplies the food for backpacks at 7 elementary schools and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham.
School Pantry Program
The School Pantry program currently serves The Whitted School, 3 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 4 high schools. The School Pantry program makes two deliveries a month. On the 1st Wednesday of each month, 4-6 boxes of non-perishables are delivered and on the 3rd Wednesday, 2 boxes of fresh fruit are delivered. About 250 students are served through the School and Community Pantry programs every week.
Community Pantry Support
PORCH-Durham also provides food for children at Healthy Families Durham, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham and the Durham Teen Center, as well as students at the Durham Literacy Council and Durham Technical Community College.
Durham County – Summer Camp for At-Risk Students
During the summer, PORCH-Durham provides weekend backpacks of food and fresh fruit to over 300 food insecure students enrolled in summer camp throughout Durham County.
Click here to see the list of neighborhoods.
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham
- Durham Public Schools
- Durham Technical Community College
- Durham Teen Center
Our donation and contribution history
|Dec 31, 2011||9,674 lbs||$19,348|
|Dec 31, 2012||29,290 lbs||$58,580|
|Dec 31, 2013||32,131 lbs||$64,262|
|Dec 31, 2014||38,276 lbs||$76,552|
|Dec 31, 2015||42,324 lbs||$84,648|
|Dec 31, 2016||45,282 lbs||$90,564|
|Dec 31, 2017||44,658 lbs||$89,316|
|Jan 3, 2018||7,504 lbs||$15,008|
|Jun 11, 2018||3,104 lbs||$6,208|
|Jul 9, 2018||3,476 lbs||$6,952|
Please refer to one of the following methods below to make a donation.
PORCH-Durham accepts online donations. You can choose to donate one time or in recurring payments.
When shopping Amazon.com, be sure to sign-up for AmazonSmile and select PORCH-Durham as your charity recipient.
Via US Mail
Please mail a check made out to PORCH-Durham to:
Mailing: PO Box 3203 Durham NC 27715
Child Food Hub: 2436 S Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703
If you have donated food or made other in-kind donations and would like a tax receipt, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail the form to you.