About

Porch Boxes is a registered charity based in Bury, Greater Manchester, providing crisis packs of food and toiletries for local people in urgent need.

We give out an average of 450 each month. Since we started in 2001, over 50000 packs have been given out. We are very grateful to the churches, schools, groups and individuals for supporting us in our quest to help local people.

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Charity Number 1089998

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Update – August 2018

The Porch Box volunteers have been busy over the summer as the demand for crisis food packs stays high. The agencies we deal with tell us that many families are struggling to feed children during the school holidays. Today a support worker based in a local primary school described how she is continuing to work voluntarily to keep in touch with her families during the summer holiday and told us that she is receiving more requests for help from families who have always managed in the past and have no experience of the benefits system.

We now have collection boxes for non-perishable food in six local supermarkets and receive some surplus fresh food. These are important weekly sources of donations and we thank the supermarkets for their help. However we still spend around £1000 every month buying in enough food to meet demand. The harvest collections from schools and churches should be a great help in the autumn.

Our main weekly volunteer session is on a Wednesday morning and today was very typical, with nearly a hundred crisis packs delivered to eleven different agencies.

Porch Boxes team wins Star Award

Porch Boxes are the proud recipient of a Bury Council Star Award for ‘Volunteers of the Year’. The Award was collected by our chairman, Julia, and her right hand man Frank (pictured).

Bury Council STAR ( Special Thanks & Recognition) Awards are used to identify individuals and teams who are making the difference and going the extra mile.

Thank you and congratulations to all of our volunteers.

Porch Boxes Annual General Meeting

The annual report for 2017 will be presented at the Porch Boxes AGM. The report summarises all of the activities, donations and expenditures for the year and the AGM is open to all who have an interest in Porch Boxes. If you’re an old friend to the charity, or just want to find out more about what we do, please come along.

When: 7:00pm Tuesday 20th March 2018

Where: Bridge Methodist Church, Milltown Street, Radcliffe, M26 1WD

Christmas 2017 Update

Many thanks to all those who have donated food, toiletries and toys in the busy period leading up to Christmas. As well as our routine orders for over 400 crisis packs every month we have prepared well over a hundred special Christmas hampers for individuals and families in the Bury area and provided toys for local children who might otherwise have had very few gifts.