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Chapel Hill charity passes $2 million in food donations

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) - While many of us struggle to get going on a Monday morning, that is not the case with the volunteers of PORCH in Chapel Hill.

The charity which collects food from 160 neighborhoods one Monday a month has just recently passed the $2 million mark in total food donated and they don’t do it by sleeping in on Monday mornings.

PORCH, which stands for People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes is basically a neighborhood food drive done once a month, but on a massive scale.

Now serving 160 neighborhoods, it wasn’t always that grand.

PORCH is also the CBS North Carolina 3-Degree Guarantee charity for the month of February.

The founders Christine Cotton, Debbie Horwitz and Susan Romains came up with the to help other neighbors without enough food to eat back in 2010. Their first go at it resulted in a few cans of tuna in someone’s garage. Now, they fill a large room at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church with 600 bags of food.

That food will go to local food shelters in the area as well as 400 families who PORCH helps directly.

The concept is very simple: neighbors put food out on their porch, volunteers pick the food up and bring it to the church where it is sorted and repacked for delivery to those in need.

"A lot of people tend to think of this as an affluent community, but hunger is out there and so our jobs as much as we wish our jobs would go away, I don’t think they will anytime soon." says one of the PORCH founders.

PORCH doesn’t just serve Chapel Hill, where the charity originally started. There is also a PORCH in Durham, Hillsborough, Raleigh, Western Wake County and even in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

If you would like to learn more about PORCH and how you can help or have your neighborhood join the massive food drive, check out their website here.


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