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

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How many packs do we supply?

We gave out 4733 crisis packs last year, an average of 394 each month. Since we started in 2001, 42210 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.

You can support Porch Boxes via Charity Checkout, click here or the logo below and you can donate today.

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Where can I go if I am in urgent need?

Several departments of Bury Council hold stocks of our crisis packs, as do Bury’s Libraries and local offices of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
If necessary contact us and we will try to put you in touch with an appropriate agency.

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Charity Number 1089998

January 2016 Update

It has been a busy time for Porch Boxes. The numbers of packs given out in this last year are as follows


Jan 410
Feb 369
March 364
April 397
May 392
June 324
July 446
Aug 304
Sep 386
Oct 323
Nov 319

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.

Flood Support

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.


Julia Rowlands

Chair of Porch Boxes