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Largest Food Pantry in Eastern NC

CPO, a Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh program, is celebrating 41 years of serving the triangle community! We provide emergency food assistance and, when possible, small children's clothing and baby items, such as formula and diapers.

In 2017 CPO served 8,700 people a month on average with:

1,900 volunteers
and 4 paid staff.

We distributed 2.8 Million pounds of groceries to residents of Wake, Franklin,
and Johnston counties.

A tax-deductible donation of $30 feeds a family for one week.

CPO does more than just give out food.  The food pantry gives hope to its clients by treating them with dignity and respect along with showing that volunteers come together with one purpose - to help them.  CPO also provides a food stamp outreach program, and a resource list of other assistance throughout the community.  It is a model throughout the state of how to serve the less fortunate in our communities.

Recent local hunger statistics*:

- 25% of NC children under 5 go to bed hungry

- 2,200+ children are registered in Wake County public schools as homeless

- 170,200 people in NC receive emergency food assistance every week

- 80% of NC households with children who receive food assistance do not know where their next meal is coming from

* Sources:,, and

Terry Foley Retired, and Kelly Rappl Becomes Director

Words cannot begin to express our gratitude to Terry Foley for all that she has done for the people we serve during her tenure as the Director of Catholic Parish Outreach. Under Terry’s 14 years of leadership CPO has grown from serving 2,500 people per month to as many as 11,000. Our volunteers have grown from 250 to over 2,000 people. And our fundraising has grown from $40,000 per year to over $650,000. Terry’s adept leadership involves and inspires so many others to help bring about this success. Congratulations, Terry!!!

We are blessed to have Kelly Rappl, who has been mentored by Terry, to assume leadership.

Please join us in prayer that God will richly bless both Terry and Kelly in the coming months and years.

Supporting Organizations

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
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Food Shuttle Logo

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