Topics: Hunger

Food Demand On The Rise At Pantries

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With more businesses either closing their doors or reducing staff, more people are reaching out to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and the Lower Cape Outreach Council to feed their families. Family Pantry Director Christine Menard said Monday the pantry is seeing an increase in the number of people in need of food for their families, many of whom were just laid off. There are others who have utilized t...

In tiny printing, a woman penned a simple note of thanks to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and that note tells the whole story. Year after year, season after season, the Pantry provides more than just nutritious food. It serves up compassion and dignity. Support Helping Neighbors Thanks to generous Cape ...

If you needed any proof of the power of generosity, here's some: In the 15-year history of The Chronicle's annual Helping Neighbors, our readers have contributed more than $1 million dollars to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. The milestone was reached last week. Support Helping Neighbors “That's a pretty bre...

When the Family Pantry was created 30 years ago, it was designed to be a safety net for the most vulnerable members of the community: people who had just lost their jobs or experienced some major financial crisis. Support Helping Neighbors Those days are gone. Today, the Family Pantry also helps meet a d...

Wanted: Thanksgiving Turkeys And Trimmings

By: Alan Pollock

Supermarkets will soon be featuring turkeys and the other essentials for Thanksgiving feasts, and local food pantries are asking you to remember them when you’re making your shopping list. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod will be distributing 400 complete turkey dinners for clients to cook at home, with each frozen turkey accompanied by stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and more. Donations of medium-sized froze...

Chronicle Readers Raise $25K-Plus For Family Pantry

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though there’s still ample opportunity for beaching, boating and barbecuing, the summer 2019 visitor season is behind us, and so is our summertime edition of Helping Neighbors. But the summer visitors who contributed to the campaign left behind more than footprints in the sand. Joined by some year-rounders, they contributed more than $25,000 to support the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, helping put nut...

Somehow, being “poor” Doesn’t matter here, Because the heart of this place Is in every volunteer! A few months ago, a client of the Family Pantry was inspired to write a poem, excerpted above, expressing her feelings about the organization and its workers. Asking for help is never easy, but the Family Pantry helps clients in a way that is both comprehensive, compassionate and respectful. “I enjoy co...

Family Pantry Gets Fresh With Clients

By: Alan Pollock

Support ‘Helping Neighbors’ NORTH HARWICH — If the goal of a food pantry was just to fill bellies, the shelves would be stocked with starchy foods like instant mashed potatoes and stuffing. But the Family Pantry of Cape Cod focuses on providing nutritious foods as a means of helping clients get healthier and live better. Key to that philosophy has been a concerted effort to increase the amount of fresh ...

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, ...