Catholic Charities operates five food pantries throughout eastern North Carolina to meet basic needs of families by responding with food, clothing, baby items, or financial assistance. Type of assistance varies by location.
The largest Catholic Charities food pantry is Catholic Parish Outreach. Catholic Parish Outreach has been serving Wake, Franklin, and Johnston counties since 1977. The four other Catholic Charities food pantries are located in Durham, Fayetteville, Greenville, and Wilmington. Emergency food assistance and other forms of assistance, when possible, such as small children’s clothing and baby items, such as formula and diapers, are provided at these locations.
Catholic Charities does more than just distribute food and other assistance. The food pantries give hope to families by treating them with dignity and respect. Additionally, when families visit a Catholic Charities food pantry seeking emergency assistance, they are screened for other needs which Catholic Charities can help with. Once other areas of need are identified, families are invited to participate in programs aimed at reducing the families’ need to rely on emergency assistance.
Special Christmas assistance is also available from many of the regional offices.