WAKE FOREST — You can keep your slippers on and do some good, thanks to an idea from one of the town’s neighborhood homeowners associations.
Board members of the Deacon’s Ridge Homeowners Association have started what they’re billing a “front porch food drive.” Once a month, volunteers will collect donations that neighbors leave outside their front doors and bring them to the Tri-Area Ministry food pantry.
A group of volunteers gathered a car trunk full of donations in just 30 minutes earlier this month during their inaugural outing, a feat they hope to replicate regularly.
“We tried to make it really simple,” said Gwen J. Moore, treasurer of the association. The neighborhood of about 145 houses is located off South Franklin Street near downtown.
The association is hoping other neighborhoods will follow suit.
“We hope it can become a Wake Forest project,” Moore said.
The group plans to pick up donations on the first Saturday of the month. They will post signs at the neighborhood’s entrance to remind residents of the opportunity to participate.
Lewis Griffin, chairman of Tri-Area Ministry, said it’s a help for the food pantry to know it can count on a regular donation.
“It will probably pay off big time,” he said.
Griffin said visits to the food pantry have increased during the past two months. He expects more than 800 families to visit the pantry in November. Families can pick up food at the food pantry twice each week.
Griffin said donations also have been up in recent weeks, but he said it’s critical they keep coming even once the holiday season has passed.