February 2024 Collection Weight Was 2,090 Pounds / 1.1 Tons

Plus $2,413 Cash & Check Donations Contributed to CORA

Thanks so much for helping with our February 2023 collection! 

November 2022 collection weight was the highest since 2011.

Our ongoing 12-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.

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

The curated food list including the November 2023 most needed items that match CORA's Inventory for providing families with the food they most will soon be posted below on this page.

Photos Above Are Views of CORA's New Building

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, March 25, 2024

New Food Donors Can Sign Up Online.

We're continuing the usual neighborhood collection patterns again for March 2024. Neighborhood Coordinators will distribute more specific information for food donations. See the current PORCH Fearrington food donation guidelines page.

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!

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.

We had a very successful June community food donation collection.  CORA served over 3,000 people last month and continues to see an increase in need, especially during the summer, when school is out.

Here is the list of CORA's MOST NEEDED food donation items for March 2024:

CORA is excited about the cool weather as we anticipate serving more people as the holidays approach. They are on track to serve 4,000 individuals this month alone. Thank you all so much for helping us feed our neighbors in need and ensuring we have enough food on hand. Below are the food needs for this month. CORA deeply appreciates all the hard work Fearrington residents and PORCH Fearrington all pour into meeting the significant food needs of families each month.

Also Check Out the Items CORA Always Needs

CORA has also developed a list of items that you can add to the "Most Needed" list throughout the year and is confident that these products will move quickly all year long.

Just a few reminders:

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.) 

Since PORCH Fearrington began in 2011, residents have donated $177,920 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.

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 13 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 complete weights and measures tables for collections between 2011 and this current month of 2024. 

See the Posted 2024 Collection Dates.

May 2023 was the 12th Anniversary of the Founding of PORCH Fearrington. 

Since May 2011, we have collected and delivered 321,842 pounds (160.9 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 February 2024 collectors and the drivers/loaders who each collected portions of the food contributions to CORA: Jon Darling, Beth & Ray Essington, Anne & Mike Grimmer,  Ken Indyk & Bob Krier, and Travus & Reggie Blue on the CORA truck was 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.