St. Francis of Assisi continues its reputation as an extremely generous parish  by donating 9200 pounds of groceries and giving $1,935 for families in need this past weekend for Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO).  This collection occurs two times a year and supports the work of CPO, the largest food pantry in the Triangle area.  During Catholic Schools Week (Jan 31-Feb 4), The Franciscan School also collected items to contribute to this collection.

We received a letter from Terry Foley, Director of Catholic Parish Outreach, and Rick Miller-Haraway, Regional Director of Catholic Charities, expressing their sincere gratitude writing, “Our outreach ministry to the needy would not be possible without the assistance of the members of our community and parishes.  We are blessed by your devotion to helping the poor in our midst.”

CPO serves food insecure clients, individuals or families, with approximately one week’s worth of groceries for their family, as well as clothing (children up to size 6 and maternity) and baby items.  Clients can return every thirty days.  

Besides these biannual food drives, parishioners can also volunteer at CPO.  Contact Sue Hand (846-7954) & Nora Detterline (870-1356), St. Francis parish liaisons for more information.  Thank you to Eileen & Jim McEntegart, St. Francis parishioners who coordinate the CPO-St. Francis Food Drives.