Day 21 — PORCH
PORCH is working to offer help to food insecure children
Today was PORCH day in my neighborhood. I heard about this program a while back and instantly knew I wanted to help support their mission. One day each month the people in my, and many neighboring, communities are invited to leave food donations on their porches. A volunteer from each neighborhood goes around and collects all the food and transports it to a central location. Once the donations arrive they are sorted and given to organizations in the area that offer support to children in the community who are food insecure. Much of the food is packed into backpacks for the Backpack Buddies program and delivered to local schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, the Durham Teen Center, Health Families Durham, and the Durham Literacy Center.
Summertime can be especially difficult for these children as they lose access to breakfast and lunch programs at school. PORCH is working to address that also, by offering backpacks to food insecure children enrolled in summer camp programs.
It saddens me to know there are children in our community who don’t know where their next meal will come from. As a parent I can’t imagine not having food to offer my hungry child or having to decide between food and other essentials. Programs such as PORCH give children the comfort of knowing they will have food available to them. Children need proper nutrition to learn and grow and play and PORCH is doing their part to make sure all our local children thrive.
So, this morning, I was happy to leave my contribution on my porch. I know it will find its way to a number of children in the area who need it. I offer my thanks to the volunteers to participate in this program. My donation will be on my porch again next month. I’ll see you then.
Learn more about the reason behind Maureen's 43 days of kindness blog idea here.