Between 2000 and 2012 Catawba county saw a 485% increase (4,956 to 28,970) in Food Assistance recipients. 44.6% were 20 years of age or younger.
PORCH (People Offering Relief From Community Hunger) is a Catawba county non-profit food assistance program designed to help needy families with children in areas of greatest need, not presently being adequately served by existing organizations.
PORCH is an all-volunteer, grass-roots hunger relief organization whose mission is to collect and distribute food to assist families living in poverty in the Catawba county community.
Through the generosity of our neighbors, PORCH supports families from the Hickory Public School system.
This community-wide hunger relief effort has dozens of residents living in several neighborhoods scattered throughout Hickory, NC participating in PORCH's monthly food drives. Local churches, foundations, synagogues, schools, non-profits and businesses are also joining this growing coalition to fight hunger.