“The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”

– Pope Francis

The Durham Community Food Pantry, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, works to end food insecurity in Durham and Orange counties. The facility replicates the service model developed over 40 years at Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry in Raleigh. The program will be a collaborative effort engaging multiple partners through Durham and Orange counties to address this incredibly important need.

Check out this latest update from an interview by NC Catholics with the Program Director for the Durham Community Food Pantry, Elise Mudd.

There is a tremendous need for additional food resources to serve families in Durham and Orange Counties. According to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Durham County currently faces an estimated 1 million pound annual food shortage and Orange County faces an estimate half million pound annual food shortage.

The Durham Community Food Pantry will be a 7,400 sq. foot facility located at the Lakewood Shopping Center in central Durham. Also located at the Lakewood Shopping Center are El Futuro, El Centro, and the Scrap Exchange who will provide additional supportive services to families who visit this food pantry.

The facility will also house the Catholic Charities Durham Regional Offices to provide wrap around services such as budgeting and nutrition classes. The facility will use the service provision model currently in place at Catholic Parish Outreach, which has the demonstrated capacity to serve over 12,000 individuals each month.

Projected numbers for the Durham Community Food Pantry by 2021:

Days a week that the food pantry will be open


Days worth of groceries families can receive once every 30 days


Volunteer hours needed to operate each month


Individuals served each month



Pounds of food distributed annually

“In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.”

– Pope Francis

The Durham Community Food Pantry has responded to the call and is seeking support from the community to provide the resources needed to serve the families of Durham and Orange County. Together we can respond to this call to achieve goals beyond our needs and help create an environment of hope and opportunity.

For the Durham Community Food Pantry to be operational at its opening in May 2019, we are asking the community for donations from the list provided. Please help us make this possible as your donations are extremely important as they will help make our community a better place. If you are interested in donating any of the items on the list below, please contact Elise Mudd, Durham Community Food Pantry Program Director, at Elise.Mudd@raldioc.org or at 919-286-1964 ext. 4.

Durham Community Food Pantry
Equipment list

Needed Items
A/V Cart (Narrow)
A/V cart (Regular)
Box Cutters
Box Truck
Cooler (Commercial Reach-in 2 door, 41 cubic feet)
Cooler (Single Door Reach-in)
Cutting Boards
Dumpster Dolly
Fatigue Mats - *Purchased*
Food Prep Tables with Bottom Shelf and Casters (6 ft) (Stainless Steel)
Freezer (Commercial Reach-in 2 Door, 41 cubic feet)
Garbage Cans on Wheels (20 Gal.)
Hand Wrapper
Insulated Cooler Bags
Kitchen Knives
Large Garbage Cans on Casters (44 Gal.)
Magnetic Knife Holder – Wall Mount
Measuring Cups (Plastic)
Packing Tape Dispenser
Pallet Jack Scale
Pallet Jack Scale Ramp
Pan (Stainless Steel)
Plastic Carts for Groceries (Grey)
Rolling Stairs
Scoop (Stainless Steel)
Sealer Tape & Paper Kit
Shopping Cart (Metal)
Storage Files (4 Drawer Plastic)
Table Top Scales
Walk-in cooler 16' x 18' - *Purchased*
Walk-in freezer 16' x 18' - *Purchased*
Wall Holder for 3 Boxes of Disposable Gloves
Wire Shelving – Narrow, on casters
Wire Shelving – Wide, on casters

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh is seeking volunteers for the following positions at the Durham Community Food Pantry. Interested parties should contact Nicole Nash at DCFPvolcoord@raldioc.org.

Volunteer Coordinator: The Volunteer Coordinator will:

  • Assist with the scheduling of office and food pantry volunteers
  • Connect with potential and current volunteers by telephone and email to assess interest
  • Fill open volunteer opportunities
  • Maintain the volunteer profile database and calendar

Hours: 5-8 flexible hours per week.

Front Desk Reception: The Front Desk Reception volunteer will:

  • Answer phones
  • Give out general information about services offered
  • Distribute resource guides
  • Assist with miscellaneous office projects

Hours: 1PM – 5PM

Greeter: The volunteer greeter will:

  • Welcome guests as they arrive to the DCFP
  • Answer client questions
  • Write up food tickets based on client sign-up sheet
  • Complete light desk

Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required.

Hours: 9AM – 1PM

Food Pantry Assistance: Food pantry assistance volunteers will:

  • Work in the food sorting and repacking area
  • Stock shelves
  • Pack boxes
  • Sort vegetables
  • Use carts to assist clients in taking their groceries to their cars
  • Complete light to medium duty tasks

Hours: 9AM – 1PM

Interviewer: The volunteer interviewer will:

  • Interview clients and update client records.
  • Communicate client needs with food pantry volunteers
  • Complete data entry and record keeping through the Catholic Charities database
  • Complete light desk work

Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required

Hours: 9:30AM – 1PM

Warehouse Assistance: Warehouse assistance volunteers will:

  • Receive, weigh, and store canned, boxed, and refrigerated food
  • Operate the fork lift and pallet jack
  • Complete medium to strenuous level duties

Hours: 8:30AM – 1PM


2020 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 30
Durham, NC 27707

919-286-4001 (Fax)


Wednesday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
(Additional Dates will be added throughout the summer and fall)

For questions about this program, please contact:

Program Director
Durham Community Food Pantry

Elise Mudd