Topics: Hunger

Matching Grant Boosts Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Maybe it was the disruption caused by the tornado, or perhaps people are starting to focus on back-to-school activities. Or maybe people are understandably focused on enjoying their Cape Cod summer vacations. But whatever the reason, donations had slowed to a trickle in our annual Helping Neighbors campaign to benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. ...

Family Pantry Of Cape Cod Turns 30

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Three decades ago, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod began as a storage closet filled with canned goods at Holy Trinity Church, with a handful of volunteers collecting food donations and making them available to people in need. It was a simple case of neighbors helping neighbors. Denny Duggan of Harwich, one of the five founding members of the Family Pantry, remembers holding meetings in the kitc...

Each year, more and more people take advantage of the free nutritious food provided by the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. That's partly because the need is growing, and partly because the Pantry has found effective ways to reach out to new clients, people who might otherwise never have considered asking for help. In 2016, a study identified significant pockets of residents on the Lower Cape who suffer from “food i...

Family Pantry Serves Up 'Foods To Encourage'

By: Alan Pollock

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod has always focused on providing clients with nutritious food choices, and there's evidence that it's paying off from a medical point of view. The Pantry hosts the "Foods to Encourage" program, led by Barnstable County public health nurses, which provides free simple health screenings for visitors. They've found substantial improvement in those metrics for clients who visit the Pantry...

It's the season of backyard cookouts, beach picnics and fried seafood, but food poses a much more serious challenge for many people on Cape Cod in the summertime. Many of the seasonal workers who drive the local economy and provide the services that we all need during the summer months turn to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod to help put food on the table. Like many year-round retail and service workers on the Ca...

Just before Thanksgiving in 2004, The Cape Cod Chronicle forged a partnership with the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. For years, we’d been reporting on the good work of the Family Pantry, the people who were making it happen, and the steadily increasing need. We called the campaign “ Helping Neighbors .” “As a small business, we knew we couldn’t just make a $100,000 donation on our own,” Publisher Henry Hyora said...

It seems that every year, more and more people rely on the Family Pantry of Cape Cod to help put food on the table. So far this year, client visits are up 17 percent, and the nonprofit is on track to have a client roster of around 10,000 in 2019, up significantly from last year. Can the Harwich-based organization keep pace with the increased need? Family Pantry Executive Director Christine Menard says it can, ...

Family Pantry Of Cape Cod Turns 30 When a few parishioners of Holy Trinity Church came together to stock a closet with nonperishable food for the needy, little did they know that, 30 years later, their effort would grow to become the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. They probably also couldn’t have foreseen how important the pantry would prove to be, not just for families facing emergency hardships, but also for peo...

This year, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod expects to serve 10,000 clients and distribute 100,000 bags of groceries valued at $4.2 million. “We call ourselves a sustaining pantry,” said Christine Menard, the director of the Harwich facility, meaning that the pantry’s clients do not fit a stereotype of people in total collapse. “They are landscapers, fishermen, nursing assistants. You’ll recognize people here fro...

CHATHAM — It’s not exactly business as usual at Coast Guard Station Chatham, but when it comes to their core missions – search and rescue, maritime security, law enforcement and environmental response – they are, as always, ready to respond during the partial government shutdown. While the funding lapse does not affect most branches of the military, the Coast Guard is under the Department of Homeland Securit...

With the holidays behind us, we've closed the books on the Chronicle's 2018 Helping Neighbors campaign, and it was a resounding success. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, Cape Cod Chronicle readers donated more than $40,000 to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. While it fell short of its ambitious $60,000 goal, the holiday campaign nonetheless provided the Pantry with a financial boost at an important time. ...

Despite Strong Economy, Need For Pantry Continues To Grow

By: Debra Lawless

Last summer, an octogenarian client at the Family Pantry of Cape Cod reminisced about her days working as a bagger and cashier at a large local supermarket chain. After telling her customers what they owed for their groceries she would ask, “Would you like to make a contribution to the Family Pantry?” Smiling, she would add, “You never know. You may need it someday yourself.” ...

Family Pantry Supports Hungry College Students, Too

By: Debra Lawless

WEST BARNSTABLE — A student client walks into the Family Pantry of Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) shortly after it opens on Monday morning at 9:30. Inside, volunteers Sherry Greene-Starr and Anne Schulte are busy restocking the shelves with neat stacks of cans, cartons, jars and boxes. After checking in the student, Greene-Starr opens a paper grocery bag on a stool and leads the woman down the first aisle...

What happens when you add an element of mystery to shopping – when you never know what you might find? That’s the way it is at Second Glance Thrift Boutique in West Harwich. Every day the merchandise on the floor is a bit different and it’s always seasonal. And with prices so reasonable, you better not hesitate to purchase what you like. The store even accepts credit cards. “If you see it, we say buy it, be...

ORLEANS — This town is known as the business hub of the Lower and Outer Cape, but it's also the human services hub. And that's due in no small part to the business community. With the holidays approaching and the need increasing, the Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) and the Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC), both headquartered in Orleans, are working hard to keep Cape Codders from Brewster and Harwich to P...