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January 2022 Collection Weight Was 1,542 Pounds / 0.78 Tons

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.

Two recent back-to-back snow and ice storms resulting in large amounts of lingering unmelted and uncleared ice on area highways, and especially on some of our own neighborhood streets, made it difficult for many residents to shop or to get food donations to their neighborhood coordinator this month.

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.

December 20, 2021 PORCH Fearrington Collection

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

Since PORCH Fearrington began in 2011, residents have donated $115,282 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.


Thank you all so much over the past few months for collecting lots of food for our SNACK! program. We are so thankful for your help in making this summer a success and for feeding children facing food insecurity in Chatham.

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, February 28, 2022


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


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 This Month

In December 2021, all of the PORCH communities combined donated 12,794 pounds of food to CORA! It was a very busy month for CORA and they served 3,500 people over 73,000 meals, so thank you very much!


Below is the most needed food list.

  • Cereal

  • Canned fruit (in juice if possible)

  • Canned salmon

  • Oil / spices

  • Fresh oranges

Also, if you would like to mix it up, we really need hygiene items such as:

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

  • Toilet paper

Items That 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

  • 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.

CORA also needs cash more than ever in these difficult times when closures will lead to a much larger than usual client base. 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:

CORA

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 2021 Collection Dates.

May 2021 was the 10th Anniversary of the Founding of PORCH Fearrington.

Since May 2011, we have collected and delivered 266,334 pounds (133.2tons) 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 January 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.