Renita Lee was always running out of eggs.
After moving to Carrboro five years ago to enter a drug rehabilitation program, Lee said she has had trouble finding a job — even after being drug-free for more than four years.
To ensure that she and her 10-year-old daughter Kenita have food on the table, Lee turned to People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes.
“It feels good to know someone is willing to give you something you really need,” she said. “I could normally keep around canned goods, and now I don’t run out of eggs.”
But Lee is more than a recipient of the donations. She worked to help other locals in need by sorting groceries Monday morning with about 30 other volunteers for PORCH’s Food for Families kickoff.
Food for Families is a donation-based program that targets school children who are at risk of going hungry over the summer, including many of the about 1,500 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools students who receive free or reduced-price meals.
Debbie Horwitz, co-founder of PORCH, said the group identifies needy families with the help of specialists at local elementary schools.
Each of the 100 families the program serves will receive one bag of non-perishable items like canned goods and another bag of fresh produce by redeeming a letter from PORCH at monthly pick-ups.
Horwitz said Monday’s donation to PORCH amounted to more than $18,000 of food, which is about $2,000 more than the organization’s average.