Purpose & History


As an expression of Catholic social teachings through the corporal works of mercy, the purpose of Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry is to serve those in need in our community by feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.  We do this while treating all clients with the dignity and respect that each person deserves.

Providing Help

CPO provides emergency supplemental food for clients who experience more “month than money”. Individuals are able to access about a week of groceries once every 30 days.  We also provide maternity as well as birth through pre-school children’s clothing, diapers, formula, and baby food to provide a strong start for young children.

Creating Hope

CPO provides tools and education to clients to help them make healthier choices for their themselves and their families.  CPO is part of the Food Bank Central and Eastern NC “Healthy Pantries” initiative that provides materials to clients about nutrition, food safety and health.  We also participate in the United Way’s “Sustaining the Family Table” which helps clients find employment/better employment while providing wrap around services so that clients can better their living circumstances.

Serving All

CPO serves all in need in the Raleigh Deanery (Wake, Johnston, and Franklin Counties) regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, etc.  Our Catholic faith teaches that all persons have value and were made in the image of God and we therefore welcome everyone to access our services.