“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, strives to end food insecurity in Durham and Orange counties.

Through a collaborative effort across multiple partners within Durham and Orange counties, the food pantry replicates the successful service model developed over the last 40 years by Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry in Raleigh.

Since the pandemic, the DCFP has experienced a significant increase in families seeking food assistance. Durham and Orange Counties currently have a 1.5 million pound annual food shortage. Just this September alone, the DCFP has helped 5,072 people up from 1,000 individuals in September 2019.

Mother Teresa Catholic Church serves as a collection point for food donations and sponsors food drives for the DCFP on regular basis in partnership with the Carolina Preserve Newman Club. Mother Teresa parishioners can help in this worthy cause by donating non-perishable food items or donating online through WeShare.

Our next food drive is on Saturday, November 7 during Communion Services at the land, and at Carolina Preserve Clubhouse Parking Lot, 115 Allforth Place, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. rain or shine.

 We’re always looking for volunteers to assist us with our food drives. If you are interested, please contact us via email at mtccfooddrives@gmail.com.

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