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Helping Neighbors…In The Summertime!

Each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the Cape Cod Chronicle invites its readers to send contributions to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod as part of our Helping Neighbors campaign.  Last year, 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 of $60,000.

But that anonymous contributor felt that many potential donors miss their chance to take part because they are only on Cape Cod during warm weather days, when Helping Neighbors is just a memory — and when chronic hunger is a well-hidden problem.

To that end, Cape Cod Chronicle Publisher Henry Hyora announced that Helping Neighbors will be making a brief appearance each summer.  This year, the summer campaign hopes to raise $50,000, an ambitious goal which would nearly double our readers’ annual contribution.

“We’re grateful for all of our readers who have supported the Family Pantry over the years, and we’re glad for the chance to invite our summer visitors to take part,” Hyora said.  “Lots of people struggle to live in our seasonal economy, and summer is such a busy time.  It’s important to remember that many of the people who drive our service economy — and many of our retirees who are on fixed incomes — still need support in the summer.”


The anonymous donor from last year recruited help from several other Chatham summer residents, and has issued a generous challenge grant for the campaign.  The match applies to any contributions from first-time donors to the pantry, and any amount over $500 from previous donors.

“We appreciate the leadership of this small group of anonymous donors to get this summer campaign up and running,” Hyora said.

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: