First Look: PORCH Fighting Hunger, One Neighbor at A Time

PORCH co-founder Debbie Horwitz shares the history  & growth story of the organization.

On May 18, I had the opportunity to visit with the founders, volunteers & clients with PORCH (People Offering Relief to Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes), which is an all-volunteer organization that was founded by three Chapel Hill women in 2009.  Susan Romaine, Christine Cotton and Debbie Horwitz had a very simple idea: increase the amount of food made available to people in need by asking friends and neighbors to donate.

Over time, this small seed of an idea has flowered into a web of community volunteers in Chapel Hill – and communities elsewhere in North Carolina and West Virginia. More importantly, PORCH has proved to be a powerful way for people to meet the needs of neighbors, build community and call attention to the often invisible issues of hunger & food insecurity in communities like Chapel Hill.

Over the next several days you’ll hear more about PORCH on The Bridge and hear the impact the organization is having on its clients. You’ll also learn how Weaver Street Market is helping agencies like PORCH increase their impact as part of the co-op’s Community Food Partnerships. These partnerships are one part of Weaver Street’s goal to end hunger in Orange County.



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