Current Volunteer Opportunities
PORCH-Durham relies on volunteers to fulfill our mission! Please find our current needs listed below.
Deliver food to schools
During the school year, we deliver over 300 BackPack Buddies to 7 elementary schools in Durham. Every Thursday morning bags are picked up at the Child Food Hub and delivered to school. Visit our sign-up here.
Become a Neighborhood Coordinator
Once a month collect donated food from your neighbors’ porches and bring it to our collection site at Hope Valley Country Club or the Child Food Hub. North Durham volunteers have the option to deliver to Riverside Baptist Church parking lot. To become a neighborhood coordinator, click here.
Volunteer at a monthly Collection
Food & Donation Information
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.
Via US Mail
Please mail a check made out to PORCH-Durham to:
P.O. Box 3203 Durham NC 27715
If you have donated food or made other in-kind donations and would like a tax receipt, please email us at email@example.com and we will mail the form to you.
Every weekend of the school year, weekend backpacks of food are packaged and leave the Child Food Hub 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 each 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.
Food Collection Information
PORCH-Durham’s monthly food collection takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month. Drop-off of collected food occurs at:
- The parking lot of the Hope Valley Country Club – 3803 Dover Rd, Durham, NC 27707 between 8:30 am and 10 am.
- The Child Food Hub between 9 and 11 am, or
- The parking lot of the Riverside Baptist Church Parking Lot – 4601 Guess Road, Durham, 27712 between 8:30 and 9:30 am.
To volunteer to unload please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to see a list of our neighborhoods.
If you don’t see your neighborhood listed, we would love to add you to our list! Email PORCH email@example.com for more information.
Food Donation Recommendations
We suggest the following non-perishable food items:
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Canned vegetables and fruit (no soft-tops please)
- Protein-rich foods (canned tuna, canned chicken, pasta with meat)
- Snacks (raisins, granola bars, crackers, pretzels)
- Pasta (Ramen noodles, chef boyardee)
Food Collection Dates
Click here to see our sort dates.