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Catholic Charities to lead food distribution at Moore Square facility

Posted April 30, 2014

Volunteers distribute food to people near Moore Square in downtown Raleigh on Aug. 25, 2013.
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— Catholic Charities of Raleigh will lead efforts to feed the homeless at a temporary food distribution facility near Moore Square, officials announced Wednesday.

The organization was chosen to coordinate food distribution by the city and the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness after months of grappling over the Moore Square site, where volunteers said last year they were kicked out and threatened with arrest for feeding the homeless there.

The temporary food distribution facility, called the Oak City Outreach Center, was approved by city officials in December. It is located at a 3,200-square-foot warehouse at 215 ½ S. Person St., across from Moore Square. Volunteers will begin serving weekend meals in mid-June to the homeless and others needing food assistance.

“The city of Raleigh has generously invested a great deal of resources into renovating the facility, which will provide a welcoming location for people to receive nourishment on weekends,” said Shana Overdorf, executive director of the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.

Catholic Charities was chosen because of its hospitality and stability as a provider of food to the homeless for more than 15 years.

“We are honored to have been selected to continue these ‘good works’ with so many committed partners within the community,” Gary Skinner, executive director of Catholic Charities, said. “A fundamental component of our faith is to serve those in need with dignity and respect.”

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  • rduwxboy Apr 30, 2014

    Hopefully this will also solve the problem of used styrofoam containers, cups, and chicken bones littering Moore Square.

  • glarg Apr 30, 2014

    You job clearing up the problem caused by the city of Raleigh