Catholic Charities Durham Community Food Pantry Reopens April 15

Holy Cross accepting food donations; volunteers needed

The Catholic Charities Durham Community Food Pantry is re-opening next Wednesday, April 15. The team there anticipates a higher that usual need for food, and is accepting donations for packaged and canned foods.

Holy Cross parishioners are invited to bring their food donations to church between 10 AM and 2 PM on Friday, April 10 through Monday, April 13. Donation bins will be available in the kitchen. Holy Cross Sharing Garden volunteers will be working in the Holy Cross Sharing Garden, in the church's back yard, and will provide access to the kitchen and donation bin.

While dropping off food, take a few moments to check out the Holy Cross Sharing Garden. It has grown over the past few months. There's room for a few more people to rent a garden bed for the 2020 season, and there's always room for more volunteers to help with garden tasks. Read about the garden here.  

Holy Cross parishioners who have their own home vegetable gardens are also welcome to donate produce from those to Catholic Charities. If you have a vegetable garden and would like to donate some of your home-grown produce, please send an email message to The parish's Sharing Garden coordinator Anna Rzewnicki will get in touch with details for making produce donations. 

The DCFP also welcomes volunteers to help with the many tasks involved in assisting its clients in the Durham community, including the following:

  • Tuesday mornings, 9 AM to 2 PM: Help with receiving, unloading and sorting goods, food donations and food deliveries.
  • Wednesday mornings, 9 AM to 3 PM: Help with distributing food to clients. This involves various tasks, from intake interviews via phone, to packing and preparing food orders, warehouse organization and general support.

If you are able to assist in any way, contact the DCFP’s coordinator, Moira Roberts, by email at

Prepared to serve amidst Covid-19 restrictions 

Lisa Perkins, executive director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Raleigh, provided an update this week on coronavirus related procedures.

During the temporary suspension of food distribution through Catholic Charities facilities, she and her team “have been working tirelessly with a pandemic expert and team of volunteers who have successfully created a plan that allows Catholic Charities to move forward during this pandemic. "She speaks about their process and commitment to serving families in need in this video post

You can view another update from Lisa and sign up to be notified about volunteering and other ways to help Catholic Charities at this website

The team focused its efforts on four key areas:

  • COVID-19 education and training for staff and volunteers
  • Evaluating the client in-take process
  • Cleaning and safety practices
  • Adapting best practices for all offices

If you haven't yet made a Covid-19 protection mask, here's a link with options for doing that, for those with or without sewing skills.  

Tags: Durham Community Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Food Pantr, Donations for Durham Community Food Pantry, DCFP

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