Don Donaghy at CPO

Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO)

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 6 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.


Volunteer for Food Drives/Donate Food


We have two food drives for CPO at St. Francis each year.
Youth and adult volunteers are needed to hand out grocery bags after all the Masses the weekend before the drive and to receive the donations at the CPO food truck in our parking lot.

Time Commitment: 15 minutes (handing out bags); 90 minutes (assisting at truck)
Gifts: Service
Family-friendly (school-aged children welcome with a parent)

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.

2018 Food Drive dates:
September 15 & 16
September 22 & 23
September 29 & 30

Here is a link to our new sign up genius
to sign up to volunteer  (click here)

If you have any questions contact : Sophia Brzezinski at



Volunteer at CPO


Many St. Francis parishioners volunteer at CPO.
Shifts are from 9:30 am–1:30 pm Monday-Saturday.
Serve once a month, once a week, or more often if your schedule permits.

Volunteer opportunities include greeting and interviewing clients, working in the warehouse,
sorting food and packing orders; sorting and distributing clothing.

  • Contact: 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


Donate food or clothing (children’s up to size 6 and maternity) or baby items.
We have collection bins located in Clare Hall, across from the Parish Operations office.
Note: CPO does not accept car seats, toys, or adult clothing.