Triangle's Largest Food Pantry Struggles 

In 2014 CPO served
an average of 10,500 people a month with:

2 paid staff and 1,800 volunteers.

We distributed 2.5 Million pounds of groceries
to residents of Wake, Franklin, and Johnston counties.

CPO, a Catholic Charities program, is celebrating
38 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.

CPO Volunteer delivering groceries

We need your help now more than ever!

As a result of continued economic pressures in our area and reduced government funding, CPO is struggling to serve an average of 10,500 people per month. Due to a budget gap and the high of client numbers, it is a challenge to meet the needs of our increasing numbers of clients.

A tax-deductible donation of $25 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

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cooperating organizations TEFAP Food Shuttle Diocese of Raleigh Food Bank