Catholic Parish Outreach

Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO) is the largest food pantry in Wake County. Families or individuals in need can receive approximately one week’s worth of groceries, clothing (children’s up to size 6T and maternity clothes), and baby items. Clients can return every 30 days. Following a brief interview, the client receives the needed groceries and/or clothing.

Donation Drives

Catholic Parish Outreach “Feed a Family” Food Drive! 
In 2020 CPO gave a week’s worth of groceries to an average of 9,500 people who wouldn’t have been able to put food
on their table each month last year, due in part to your amazing generosity.

We have two food drives for CPO at St. Francis each year.

For 2021 those dates are: February 13/14 & 20/21 weekends; September 18/19 & 25/26 weekends.

Youth and adult volunteers are always needed To hand out grocery bags (not needed during COVID) after all the Masses the weekend before the drive and to receive the donations at the CPO food truck in our parking lot.

Bag Pickup

Bags can be picked up at Mass on the weekend of 2/6 & 2/7 OR
You can pick up bags in the Cupertino Room of the Assisi Community Center 2/8-2/19 on Mondays-Fridays from 8am-4pm.

Grocery List of Needs

Cans of vegetables, tuna, chicken, soup, spaghetti sauce, fruit; boxes of cereal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper, crackers, instant dry milk; bags of rice and beans. Peanut butter, fruit juice, gravy mix, salad dressing, laundry detergent, bathroom tissue, soap, diapers size 4-6, baby wipes, and milk-based infant formula.

Volunteer with the Drive

Visit our Sign up to help at our CPO Food Drive Collections:

If you have any comments or questions please contact
Joan Monti at

Time Commitment:
15 minutes (handing out bags);90 minutes (assisting at truck)

(school-aged children welcome with a parent).
Gifts: Service

Upcoming events are also listed in the Sunday bulletin and
on our website under the announcements section 

Financial Donation Option

And if you’d rather not shop, $40 feeds a family of 4 for one week.

You Can Drop off a check
(made out to CPO) to

-the truck during the food drop off hours OR
-the exterior mailbox outside of Cupertino between 2/6 and 2/21.

You can donate thru your Faith Direct Account at this link:

Volunteer At CPO

Many St. Francis parishioners volunteer at CPO from 9:30 am–1:30 pm Monday-Saturday.
Volunteer opportunities include greeting and interviewing clients, working in the warehouse, sorting food, packing orders; sorting and distributing clothing.
Serve once a month, once a week, or more often if your schedule permits. 

  • Click here for more information on volunteering, or call 919-847-1466.
  • Time Commitment: 4 hrs.
  • Gifts: Sorting, service, interviewing, hospitality, or light manual labor
  • Family-friendly (ages 9 and up; children younger than 16 must be with a parent)
Donate on a regular basis

Our Collection Bins are located in Clare Hall, across from the Parish Operations office.

*  We only accept the following items

  • Infants and children’s clothing up to size 6T and maternity clothes.
  • Children‘s books, egg cartons (12 – egg only), and plastic or paper grocery bags.
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, lotion, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, soap,
    baby wash, razors, shaving cream, etc. travel and regular size.


We do not collect

Car seats, toys, adult clothing or any household items.
Please take these items to your local donation center.

 For more information, contact: Nora Detterline, 919-870-1356

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