Our Clients

Our clients come from all over the surrounding area, Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties. People are referred to CPO by human service agencies, churches, medical providers, and school counselors who see first hand those who struggle in our community. Upon arriving at CPO and completing our short interview, the client can receive a week's worth of groceries every 30 days -on average a family visits CPO 2.9 times a year.

Play the slide show above to view a client's visit to CPO and
the general flow of events to provide food and basic infant clothing.

Jenny

Jenny

Jenny reluctantly visited CPO for the first time in November. She injured her knee and will not be able to work for a few months. She needed a steroid shot that cost her a $67 co-pay, then, medication that cost her another co-pay of $35. She is cutting the medication in half to make it last longer, but that $102 was her food budget for the month. What a blessing that we were able to help her with groceries, and other possible resources for food and help with the medication!

Pedro

Pedro

Pedro is originally from Uruguay. He lived in New Jersey with his wife and 5 children for several years, until his wife died. He is now a single dad; and his youngest is only 3 years old. Pedro moved to North Carolina to live close to his sister. He is looking for work, but in the meantime he is getting connected to our community of agencies who can help. Pedro came to CPO with his sister, with a referral from Wake County Human Services. It was a great blessing to help the family with groceries and with clothing for his daughter.

Susan and Dan

Susan and Dan

Susan and her husband Dan have a 7-month-old baby boy. Both were working, paying bills and living the American dream, until Dan was injured at work. Worker’s compensation insurance help is taking quite some time, and Dan is unable to work due to his injury. Susan went to Wake Co. Human Services to sign up for WIC (federal Women, Infants, & Children program), and the doctor gave her a referral to come to CPO for groceries, diapers, formula, and children’s clothing. This was their first visit to a food pantry, and Susan cried with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and joy.

Michael

Michael

Michael’s only transportation is his bicycle, so he rides it everywhere, including to CPO. He desperately needed groceries, but he knew it would be a challenge to get them home to Garner. One of our runners worked with Michael for an hour making sure the food was packed and securely strapped to the bike. He really wanted to include the watermelon; they even found a way to add it to his bags and boxes. What a blessing it was that we could help Michael not only with groceries, but to do it with kindness to make sure he would safely get home.

Helen

Helen

Helen’s husband died suddenly of an aneurysm in 2015, leaving her a single mom with 2 small children and a mortgage she could not afford. Soon after his passing, she developed health problems and became physically unable to work. The family lost their home and moved in with Helen’s parents, where they continue to live today.

Helen recently visited CPO and her family continues to need our help. She shared that our gifts of food, clothing, love, and kindness have made a big difference in their lives. Helen’s background is teaching, and her health has improved enough for her to teach some internet classes this fall. She hopes to give back by volunteering with her girls at CPO one day.

Verlanda

Verlanda

Verlanda is a single grandparent who recently gained custody of her 16-year-old grandson. Shortly thereafter, she lost her job and needed help with groceries. While at our food pantry, Verlanda connected with our Family Table Coordinator who referred her to Step Up Ministry and Dress for Success; two agencies who help with finding employment and professional clothing. Within a few weeks, Verlanda found a job as a case manager in a non-profit organization. We also connected her to healthcare at Alliance Medical Ministry, and to the Boys & Girls Clubs for her grandson, so he can attend after-school programs. It’s amazing that a family who comes to us for food, leaves with so much more!