Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain access to adequate food for a healthy lifestyle. While we have seen the rates of food insecurity and hunger decline in the past couple years, the need is still great, especially among children. According to Feeding America’s 2022 data, 19% of children in Durham experience food insecurity. And the NC Department of Public Instruction reports 62% of Durham students receive free or reduced school meals.
In 2021, PORCH-Durham supporters…
Held 350 food drives
Collected 63,000 lbs of food
Contributed 2,000 hrs of volunteer service
Which enabled PORCH-Durham to provide…
109,000 lbs of non-perishables
17,000 lbs of fresh produce
$93,500 in grocery gift cards
To 38 Durham schools and community-based organizations who served over 38,500 people with food assistance in Durham County
Healthy, culturally-relevant and kid-friendly options
Kid-friendly and easy-to-prepare foods are relatively accessible and affordable, both at grocery stores and convenience stores and other places Durham families purchase food. However, foods that are more-nutrient dense such as fresh produce and whole grains are more expensive. Due to their perishability they also may be difficult to access in the stores available in some Durham neighborhoods. PORCH-Durham is committed to ensuring families have access to a larger variety of foods to bring into their homes. Providing these foods subsidizes the household budget and prevents families from having to forgo nutrient-dense foods which are often more expensive.