May 2022 Collection Weight Was 1,913 Pounds / 0.96 Ton

Our ongoing 10-year impact report documenting the cumulative total of monthly weights and measures and the value of annual collections is located in a table on the Collection Amounts page.

Thank you for your continued level of extraordinary generosity.

Fearrington residents can also safely make a cash donation online by using this button. 100% of your donation goes directly to CORA.

We could not do this monthly collection without our volunteer drivers who cover several neighborhoods, in addition to those covered by the CORA truck. One of our long-time drivers will soon be moving, and we are looking for someone to pick up his route (6 neighborhoods). Do you know anyone with a pickup truck or large SUV who might be willing to help out? Please let me know soon if you do. Thanks!

This month we sadly say goodbye to David and Vicki Field, our long-time West Camden coordinators, who are moving soon. They have done an incredible job, and we will miss them greatly! We also welcome the new West Camden coordinator, Fred Morris. Thanks, Fred, for your willingness to do this important job.

To donate funds to CORA securely online, use this button.

December 20, 2021 PORCH Fearrington Collection

Since PORCH Fearrington began in 2011, residents have donated $125,967 to CORA.

Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word about CORA's need.

Many of our neighbors are traveling, so it's especially important for those who are here to help out this month and maybe give a little more than usual.

Some of you have asked whether CORA prefers donations of food or cash. The answer is that they need both. CORA certainly does appreciate and need cash donations. However, they also need donations of food. The food they are able to purchase from food banks and grocery stores is very limited. For example, they may only be able to get one variety of soup. Their clients really appreciate the opportunity to choose from among several varieties, as their families, like ours, have preferences. Many of the items on CORA's monthly request lists are not available elsewhere.

So, for some of you, especially those who are unable to shop regularly, cash donations are fine. But those who are able to get to the grocery store and purchase a little more than what is needed in their household are addressing a really important need in our community.

See the article on the June 05, 2021 community celebration and award presentation from CORA.

Next Community Pick-Up & Delivery Date to CORA is

Monday, June 27, 2022

We're continuing the usual neighborhood collection patterns again for June 2022. Neighborhood Coordinators will distribute more specific information for food donations. Download and print these PORCH Fearrington food donation guidelines.

Lines at CORA grow longer. They are now serving approximately 800 people weekly, which is on a par with May 2021! CORA appreciates all your food and cash donations to help them feed so many people. We learned recently that CORA has been able to significantly reduce the amount they spend on food thanks to the food donations provided by PORCH donors.

More than 50% of the food CORA distributes to hungry families is donated! This source of food is VERY IMPORTANT to us! To make sure your donation of food does the most good, keep the following guidelines in mind.

Please DO NOT USE GLASS CONTAINERS. They Easily Break and Result in Spills!

Most Needed Items for June

Thank you for a great April! PORCH Chatham (all 26 communities in Chatham County) collected 7,882 pounds of food for our neighbors in need.

Today, as household expenses continue to climb, families are experiencing food insecurity in alarming numbers, and the lines at CORA grow longer. CORA appreciates all your food and cash donations to help them feed so many people. We learned recently that CORA has been able to significantly reduce the amount they spend on food thanks to the food donations provided by PORCH donors.

For the June 2022 food donation collection, CORA is asking especially for these summer items:

  • mustard

  • ketchup

  • mayonnaise

  • bbq sauce

  • aluminum foil

Also Check Out the Items CORA Always Needs

Mackie, CORA's Pantry Manager, developed with a list of items that you can add to the "Most Needed" list throughout the year. Mackie is confident that these products will move quickly all year long.

  • Cereal Bars

  • Pancake Mix

  • Sugar

  • Flour

  • Oil

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Sweet Spices - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice

  • Savory Spices - garlic, basil, parsley

  • Tissues

  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

  • Soap

  • Deodorant

  • Toilet paper

  • They do give out coffee. Instant coffee, K-cups, and ground coffee are all appreciated. They ask that people don't donate whole beans.

Just a few reminders:

  • Due to food safety, we ask that you do not donate food items that are unsealed, loose items without ingredients listed, or glass containers.

  • Please make an effort not to donate food that’s past its “use-by” or “sell-by” date. We are committed to serving our families the most nutritious and delicious food that we can in an atmosphere of dignity and respect,

While plastic bags are OK for the donations, it is a lot easier for our collecting and transferring the food when we arrive at CORA if you use PAPER bags (which are a renewable resource), rather than plastic bags (which are not recyclable). The contents often fall out of plastic bags, making the handling of large volumes of food more difficult. If plastic bags are easier for you, feel free to use them for your donations. CORA likes to have a supply of plastic bags on hand for people who come for the donated food, so please do donate those empty plastic bags you do not need.

If you would also like to make a cash donation to CORA, you can safely and conveniently do so by using this secure link: Your donation will go directly to CORA and you will receive an immediate receipt in reply (or you can request that one be sent to you in the mail if you prefer).

If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to CORA and send it to:


PO Box 1326

Pittsboro, NC 27312

(If you note “Fearrington PORCH” in the memo space on your check, they will know it came from us.)

In October 2019, we surpassed the 200,000 pounds (100 tons) milestone since our inception in 2011!

Since the PORCH model began in Chapel Hill 10 years ago, PORCH communities have collected the equivalent of $4.3 million. PORCH Communities are really making a difference!

In April 2016, we exceeded the first 100,000-pound milestone since beginning the program!

See the Posted 2022 Collection Dates.

May 2022 is the 11th Anniversary of the Founding of PORCH Fearrington.

Since May 2011, we have collected and delivered 274,935 pounds (137.5 tons) and remain CORA's largest single contributor of residentially donated food.

PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes) is a concept started by three women in Chapel Hill, NC in 2009 as a way to facilitate contributions to local food banks. The concept is a simple one; participants leave food on their porches once a month, and neighborhood coordinators pick it up. Organizers collect the food from the neighborhood coordinators and deliver it to a local food bank. The organization has been growing and was featured in a November 2010 issue of Redbook magazine. Chapters now exist throughout the Triangle and as far away as California. You can check out their website at https://porchcommunities.org/.

A short video on the history of the national PORCH program, which began in Orange County, North Carolina:

We owe a big thank you to our April 2022 collectors and the drivers/loaders who each collected portions of the food contributions to CORA: Matt & Phyllis Alexander, Jon Darling, Beth & Ray Essington, Jessie Fearrington, David & Vickie Field, Ken Indyk, and Travis Viera & Reggie Blue on the CORA truck were really terrific.

Note our CORA Donation Guidelines page.

PORCH-Fearrington was organized by the Fearrington Havurah, a Jewish sponsored social, cultural and educational organization open to all residents of the Fearrington Community and Galloway Ridge.