Topics: Hunger

  Everywhere you look in Second Glance Thrift Boutique in West Harwich you see beautifully-decorated Christmas trees – large and small, white and green. Support Helping Neighbors Women’s clothes in red, green and black, suitable for any holiday gathering you might be planning to attend, are hanging nearb...

For the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, children hold a special place. From food and clothing distribution to Toy Day, Dec. 17, the Family Pantry isn’t ignoring the young ones who make up one-third of the pantry’s over 9,100 clients in Barnstable County. Already 1,200 children ages birth through 15 have signed up for Toy Day. (The final day for signups for children of current Family Pantry clients is Dec. 2.) ...

On Sunday, 450 local families queued up at the Family Pantry's headquarters in Harwich, and a satellite center in West Barnstable, to receive Thanksgiving dinners. Each left with a turkey and grocery bags filled with potatoes, vegetables, stuffing and a pie, courtesy of the Family Pantry and its donors. Now that's something to be thankful for. As we've done each Thanksgiving since 2004, The Cape Cod Chronic...

Join Us In 'Helping Neighbors'

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Here at The Chronicle, we don't have to look far for reasons to be thankful. We're grateful for our loyal readers, our family of fine staff and talented contributors, and the advertisers who make the whole operation possible. But this time of year, we've got an extra reason to be thankful. Each year, you – our readers – join us in supporting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod through our Helping Neighbors campaign....

CHATHAM – It's been 13 years since Lynne Fletcher O'Brien started Pantry Partners. With the help of local summer real estate rental companies, the program continues to collect leftover food from summer visitors to help stock the shelves at the Chatham Food Pantry. The idea behind Pantry Partners is deceptively simple. When people leave their short-term summer rentals, ask them to drop off unopened food or pape...

Summer Is A Key Time For 'Helping Neighbors'

By: Alan Pollock

The signs of summer are there to see in every supermarket aisle: specials on hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and the ingredients for s'mores. Like it or not, the July 4 holiday seems to be about food as much as our nation's independence. But one doesn't need to look very far to find hunger on Cape Cod, according to Family Pantry Executive Director Christine Menard. “The face of hunger on the Cape is your ...

'Shop For The Hungry' Campaign Reaches Halfway Mark

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — They're not quite ready for a mortgage-burning party, but Family Pantry officials are celebrating a milestone. They've surpassed the halfway mark in their bid to pay off the mortgage and construction expenses for Second Glance, their thrift shop in West Harwich. The campaign, called “Shop for the Hungry,” has raised $542,000 of the $1 million needed to retire the debt on the thrift shop, which ...

It was a struggle, but with support from dozens of Cape Cod Chronicle readers – and a remarkable last-minute donation from an anonymous contributor – the 2016 “Helping Neighbors” campaign to benefit the Family Pantry met its fundraising goal. With the tally still about $4,000 short, the secret donor pledged the funds necessary to bring the campaign to its $60,000 target. The contributor, identified only as a N...

'Helping Neighbors' Campaign Sprints To The Finish

By: Alan Pollock

With the clock running down on The Chronicle's annual “Helping Neighbors” campaign for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, donations were continuing to arrive, and a generous matching grant is now in effect. Thanks to an anonymous family of Chatham summer residents, donations postmarked now through New Year's Eve will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. As of Dec. 22, however, a gap of more than $17,00...

In the final days of The Chronicle's “Helping Neighbors” campaign to benefit the Family Pantry, donations were surging in from groups, individuals and businesses. But several days before Christmas, it appeared the campaign would fall short of its $60,000 goal. “What we need here is a little holiday magic,” Chronicle Publisher Henry C. Hyora said Monday. “We're extending the campaign through New Year's Eve to g...

Formerly A Client, Family Pantry Volunteer Shares Story

By: Alan Pollock

Volunteers at the Family Pantry of Cape Cod have no trouble explaining why clients are treated with such respect. For some volunteers, humility is a matter of faith. For others, it's easy to empathize with people who've had a financial crisis or other emergency. And for Family Pantry worker Lisa Joyce, it's because she's walked in those shoes before. Joyce and her husband owned a construction company for many ...

Family Pantry: A Life Ring For Our Neighbors

By: Alan Pollock

First, consider a few numbers. A decade ago, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod had an average of 621 client visits each month, distributing about 20,000 bags of food in the course of a year. Last year, it handed out more than 55,000 bags of food, seeing an average of 1,149 clients every month. Consider just one more figure. As of the end of October, the Family Pantry had seen a jump of more than 13 percent in t...

Volunteers Lend Hands, Hearts For Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — When it comes to volunteer management, the Family Pantry has a simple strategy for each of the more than 500 people who lend their time and talent. “They need to feel better when they leave than when they came here,” Executive Director Christine Menard said. Thanks to thoughtful organization, clear direction and good management, volunteers keep coming back. “That's why we're as good as we are,” sh...

Holidays Are The Time For 'Helping Neighbors'

By: Alan Pollock

For most people on the Cape, summertime is the busy season. But each winter, thousands of Cape residents seek help from The Family Pantry of Cape Cod. That’s the time when families often have the toughest time making ends meet. And the extra expenses of the holiday season only make things worse. To help meet the holiday and year-round needs of this often overlooked population, the Cape Cod Chronicle is lending...

Thankful Givers Make It A Happy Thanksgiving For All

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The announcement over the PA system at Stop and Shop Saturday was about a decidedly different sale. Turkeys were available at a special price, and customers were urged to load the birds into their cars and drive them over to The Farm, on Rock Harbor Road. That's where Sassy Richardson-Roche and her family and neighbors were waiting by a freezer truck to receive the donations to the Lower Cape Outre...

Family Pantry To Hit The Road With New Van

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Each year, more people visit the Family Pantry's headquarters for help with food, clothing and other necessities. Thanks to generous supporters and a partnership with the Chatham Council on Aging, the Pantry will be taking their work to the streets next month. With donations from the Simon Foundation, the Greater Boston Food Bank and TD Bank, the Pantry has purchased a second-hand refrigerate...