Porch Boxes was started by a lady named Carol in 2001. It began as a collection of tins in the ‘Porch’ of a house, that is how it got it’s name. Since then it has provided 37,477 crisis packs to individuals or families.
Last year (2013) it provided 4,726 food parcels to individuals or families in crisis, an increase of 2,016 compared to the year before.
Last year an average of 394 boxes a month were given to people in need.
The food parcels include enough food for two days and some basic toiletries (Porch Boxes also provide different types of boxes depending on need including: baby packs, family 7 day boxes, Christmas boxes, street packs for people living rough and home starter packs for people moving on from hostels).
Staff from local agencies (e.g. Social Services, health centres, Children’s Centres, etc.) contact Porch Boxes if they come across a person or family in need and someone from the project delivers a parcel to the agency who then pass it on to the person. Referrals also come from other charities, schools or people supporting people in crisis.
Porch Boxes relies on donations of food and toiletries, and a number of groups, churches and primary schools support the work with donations throughout the year. The food donated in churches and schools at Harvest time is collected, sorted and stored ready for use throughout the year.
We rely on their generous donations to enable us to keep going. We have never had to say ‘no’ to an appeal for help no matter what has been asked for.
Porch Boxes is run entirely by volunteers.
Charity registration number is 1089998