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 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.


Volunteer for Food Drives/Donate Food


Catholic Parish Outreach “Feed a Family” Food Drive! 

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.

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.

Food Drives

Feb 2/3,  Feb 9/10, and Feb 16/17

Sept 14/15,  Sept 21/22, and Sept 28/29

Go to 
for more information or to sign up for upcoming CPO food drives.


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.


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


If you have any questions contact : Sophia Brzezinski at

Thank you so much!

Volunteer at CPO


Many St. Francis parishioners volunteer at CPO 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


Our collection bins are located in Clare Hall, across from the Parish Operations office.
We have bins for: 

  • Clothing – Infants and children’s clothing up to size 6T and maternity cloths.
      children’s books, egg cartons (12 – egg only), and plastic or paper grocery bags.
      We do not collect car seats, toys, adult clothing and household items.


  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, lotion, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, soap, baby wash, razors, shaving cream, etc.
    Travel and regular size.

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



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