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.
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, due in part to your amazing generosity.
We have two food drives for CPO at St. Francis each year.
Bags willl be passed out after masses September 10/11 weekend.
The donation drop offs to the truck are September 17/18 & 24/25 weekends.
Drop off Times to the truck those 2 weekends are: Saturday 4:45-6:00pm & Sunday 7:00am-1:15pm & 4:45-6:00pm
Youth and adult volunteers are always 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.
Bags can be picked up at Mass on the weekend of 9/11 & 9/12
Grocery List of Needs
Cans of vegetables, tuna, chicken, soup, spaghetti sauce, fruit; boxes of cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper, crackers, instant dry milk; bags of rice and beans. Peanut butter, fruit juice, salad dressing, laundry detergent, bathroom tissue, soap, diapers size 4-6, baby wipes, milk-based infant formula, Stage 1, 2, 3 or graduates baby food.
Volunteer with the Drive
Visit our Sign up to help at our CPO Food Drive Collections.
Sign up to Hand out Bags after Mass February 5/6 weekend or To help collect donations at the truck February 12/13 & 19/20 weekend:
15 minutes (handing out bags);90 minutes (assisting at truck)
(school-aged children welcome with a parent).
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
you can make a donation directly through Faith Direct: https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/NC674
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