PORCH Chatham Impacts Hungry Families Across the County

Did you know that approximately 14% of the population in Chatham County live at or below the poverty level? Did you know that CORA would not be able to assist these families without the support of various neighborhoods in Chatham County?

CORA is very fortunate to collaborate with 15 neighborhoods in the county through PORCH Chatham. PORCH began in 2010 when Christine Cotton, Debbie Horwitz, and Susan Romaine came up with a simple idea to help neighbors without enough food to eat. The three friends contacted a few neighbors in the in the Lake Hogan Farms development in Chapel Hill, inviting them to leave cans of tuna on their porch. On a designated day, they would then go porch-to-porch, pick up the cans, and bring them to a local hunger relief organization. Today, PORCH is now a vibrant nonprofit with affiliates in Chatham County, Charlotte, Durham, Hillsborough, Raleigh, and several other nearby cities.

We are grateful for PORCH’s vision, as CORA and the people we serve have benefitted greatly from the program. Since January 1, 2018, CORA has filled our shelves with more than 60,000 pounds of food delivered by the various PORCH Chatham neighborhoods. From, cereal, canned fruit, and peanut butter, to pasta, beans, and toiletries the generosity is overwhelming. It is truly remarkable how communities that come together once a month, have such a mighty impact on their neighbors in need. THANK YOU, PORCH Chatham, for your amazing generosity! If you would like information on how to start a PORCH program for CORA, please contact Rebecca Hankins at rebecca@corafoodpantry.org.