It has been a busy time for Porch Boxes. The numbers of packs given out in this last year are as follows
December total of 1076
Annual total of 5110 average of 426 per month.
Christmas was very busy as the December figure includes 499 Special Xmas hampers and presents provided for 144 children and young people.
Paul Heaton again supported us at his Hope Not Hate gig at the Manchester Academy in December. The audience was asked to bring food items which were shared between us and Bolton Urban Outreach, and the supporting band also donated £500 to us.
Porch also became involved with the Radcliffe Flood Centre following the Boxing Day floods. Volunteers from Porch were out on the Sunday taking food to families in the affected streets. They then offered to co-ordinate and staff the daily food parcel distribution from the centre at the Radcliffe Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers were working from 9 – 5pm on a daily basis over the period that the centre was open from the 30th December onwards. This support and help is ongoing now and will continue as the need remains.
It was great to see the people of Radcliffe working so tirelessly to help their community, it was a privilege to meet and work with so many wonderful people.
So many local people, Churches and businesses and offices have been incredibly supportive throughout the Christmas period. The list of people to thanks is endless.
Porch Boxes have also been in discussion with Bury council about the possibility of setting up some form of direct access for food in Bury town Centre.
Chair of Porch Boxes