Catholic Parrish Outreach

Volunteers guide shopping carts of food down a ramp at the Catholic Parrish Outreach drive-up food pantry in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020. The Outreach is fortunate in that they do not have to actively recruit volunteers – after serving the community for 42 years, they have a substantial roster of people who want to help.
A staff member directs on-the-ground operations with a walkie-talkie at the Catholic Parrish Outreach in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020. Special needs for individual cars, such as diapers and cleaning supplies, are quickly communicated and added to the carts so that the flow of the operation is unimpeded.
A single volunteer manages the pick-up point for the loaded carts at the large food pantry at the Catholic Parrish Outreach in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020. Volunteers are assigned zones to ensure distancing, masks are mandatory. “It serves no one for us to be unsafe,” says Program Director, Kelly Rappl.
Staff and Volunteers load a car with groceries at the Catholic Parrish Outreach in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020. Operations have undergone a sea change since the arrival of Covid-19 with two lanes of traffic, six pick-up stations, walkie talkies, runners, and beefed-up food quantities to better serve the needs and the safety of the community.
A volunteer waits to take a cart of groceries out to a vehicle at the Catholic Parrish Outreach in Raleigh, NC on June 19, 2020. As need increases due to the pandemic, the Outreach’s curbside pickup program has moved to three days a week to meet it.

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Photo Credit: Bisi Cameron Yee and Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project (See the entire collection at ActivateGood.org/Helpers)

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