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Catholic Charities Receives Grant to Aid Rural Poor

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Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Raleigh has received a $48,500 grant from Catholic Charities USA, as a result of the national association’s partnership with Walmart. The Diocese is one of 12 dioceses sharing a Walmart Foundation allocation of $760,000 to the national Catholic association. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial resources to community organizations that work to improve the lives of individuals in the areas of education, workforce development and economic opportunity, environmental sustainability and health and wellness.

The partnership between Catholic Charities USA and Walmart is to utilize Catholic Charities network to expand the distribution of food to needy families in rural areas. Catholic Charities of Raleigh is committed to using $20,000 of the grant for the expansion of the freezer at Catholic Parish Outreach, the largest food pantry in eastern North Carolina. The remaining $28,500 will be used to enhance the capacity of food distribution in portions of six eastern North Carolina counties where the need is not being met. The counties are Washington, Bertie, Perquimans, Chowan, Martin and Beaufort.

Catholic Charities' Albemarle and New Bern Regional Offices are leading this effort and as part of this effort will also assess the needs of the families in an effort to determine what other services could help alleviate their hardship and improve their situation.

Partnering with the Food Bank of Albemarle, local food pantries and parishes in the six-county area, the goal of Catholic Charities is to serve at least 90 families in the next year and to establish the ongoing capacity of food distribution networks in these counties.