You may be surprised to know that 30%
of elementary school children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system receive
subsidized school breakfasts and lunches during the school year. "People
just could not see this problem, unless you have children in local public
elementary schools," said Susan Romaine, one of the founders and leaders
of PORCH (Chapel Hill). "We want to feed hungry kids, and help our
The people at
PORCH aren't the only ones feeding our community's children. "We are bringing together community
members to feed local hungry kids who go hungry when school is off," said Ashton
Tippins, the Executive Director of TABLE.
(Chapel Hill) and TABLE are two local hunger-relief organizations that provide
healthy food to local hungry children suffering from hunger throughout
Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Both organizations primarily get referrals though
school social workers. PORCH and TABLE are actively involved in local hunger
relief efforts through different programs.
runs two kinds of programs: "Food for Pantries" and "Food for Families."
Every month, PORCH collects non-perishable food from front porches and fresh
food from local market and Harris Titter. PORCH serves seven pantries,
including St. Joseph CME Church, the
Orange County DSS, Compass Center and Meals On Wheels.
On June 2014,
PORCH delivered 614 non-perishable food bags and 520 produce food bags to local
pantries. Food varies from cans of tuna to bags of rice. PORCH's Food for
Family program delivers non-perishables and fresh produce directly into the
hands of 255 families every month. Food includes can foods, pasta, fresh vegetable,
fruit, milk, egg and ground beef been delivered directly to 3 public elementary
schools and apartment complexes. Families have received food delivery notification
in advance, and stand in line when volunteers drive food to distribution
the children, 40% are Latino, 20% are African
American, 37% are refugees and 4% are white," said Debbie Horwitz, one of
the founders and Co-Director of PORCH. "We cover 135 neighborhood and each
of the neighborhoods has 1 to 2 neighborhood coordinators. Many people want a
way to donate; they just don't know what to do. We provide a convenient way for
people to help. PORCH is like a 'club' connecting among neighbors." Michal
Smith has been volunteer for PORCH for more than 4 years, he highly spook PORCH
as an "open" organization with "no attitude."
started to serve Chapel Hill and Carrboro area in 2008. So far in 2014, TABLE
typically provides healthy food to more than 220 children each week. Through
its "Weekend Meal Backpack Program", "Summer TABLE" and
"SnackChef" programs, TABLE brings together UNC college students and
community members to help local hungry kids. TABLE delivers healthy,
non-perishable bags to kids through Backpack program during the school year and
Summer Table when schools are off during summer time.
"SnackChef" is a unique program
which sends college volunteers to teach children in local low-income
afterschool programs, during the school year. Volunteers teach children how to
make healthy fresh snacks to share with their families. "TABLE wants to
encourage and empower kids to make healthy snacks. They love putting the snack
together, instead of it just appearing on their plates," Ashton said.
"We use different variations of food-- like a pizza bagel with extra
vegetables so people try new things… sometimes to try new combinations, like
pea shoots, which are weird, but with cheese they are good, I think!"
"I love doing this! It is such a great interaction with the kids,"
Said Laura Moore, Program Director of TABLE.
Posted by Xuan Li on Tue. November 25, 2014 12:06 PM