A local nonprofit organization has partnered with 19 schools and one preschool to provide children with healthy snacks.
PORCH, a hunger relief organization in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, offers food such as fresh produce and dry goods to families in need once a month. Despite this effort, some students were still coming to school with no snacks.
To address this issue, PORCH recently began a program called Food for Schools. The program gives schools in Chapel Hill and Carrboro $250 worth of food twice a year — once at the beginning of the school year and once in early January.
“We could see the need,” said Becky Hebert, the Food for Schools coordinator, about the program. “Teachers and social workers were spending about $25 a month out of their own pockets. A supplemental food need was there.”
The snack food that PORCH provides gives students access to food even if they’re not enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.