Each holiday season, the Cape Cod Chronicle invites its readers to send contributions to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod as part of our Helping Neighbors campaign. Over many years, we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars together to provide needy local families with nutritious clothing and other essentials.
Last year saw our first-ever summertime Helping Neighbors campaign, which raised a stunning $149,595, harnessing the generosity of summer residents and visitors. And once again, we’re asking our generous summer residents and visitors to to their part to contribute.
This summer, we’ve set a modest goal of $60,000. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous group of generous Chatham summer residents, every contribution to Helping Neighbors will be eligible for the dollar-for-dollar match, up to $60,000.
It’s a harsh reality that a large number of people on the Lower Cape – even in affluent neighborhoods in Chatham, Orleans and Harwich – suffer from “food insecurity,” or not knowing where their next meal will come from. But in the summertime, when second homeowners return to the Cape and when visitors check in to their rental cottages or resorts, there’s an opportunity to help meet that year-round need.
Those clients are also the people who work in service industries, health care, and other key sectors of the local economy. They’re the people who tend the gardens, serve the restaurant meals, turn down the sheets in the hotel, and work in the boutiques. Most Family Pantry clients work at least one job, and some are professionals. They are people from all income brackets and from all professions, she said. “All it takes is the loss of a job or a medical emergency,” Family Pantry Executive Director Christine Menard said. “It could happen to any of our work force in a resort community with a high cost of living.”
Click here to donate now,
or send a tax-deductible donation to The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645 (please write ” Helping Neighbors ” in the memo line), or call 508 432-6519 to learn about other ways to help.
Learn more about the hidden face of Hunger on the Lower Cape in this special video report: