If you’re like us, the phrase “these unprecedented times” is starting to set your teeth on edge. (We’ve been in pandemic mode for half a year now, which surely sets some precedent.) But there’s no getting around it: 2020 has been a year like no other.
COVID-19 has laid bare the hidden societal problems in our community. The lack of affordable housing, the wealth gap and the need for affordable childcare are more acute now than ever before. And so is the longstanding problem of hunger. The number of families in Chatham, Harwich, Orleans and the surrounding towns who suffer from food insecurity – not knowing where their next meals will come from – is far higher than most people think. Those people come from all walks of life, from children in the Monomoy and Nauset schools, to local families working in the trades and other respectable jobs, to senior citizens living on fixed incomes.
They’re our neighbors, and they’re in need.
Not knowing what to expect during the pandemic, The Cape Cod Chronicle set a goal of $30,000 for this summer’s Helping Neighbors campaign to benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. Thanks to the support of our readers, including summer residents and visitors, we raised more than double that amount. It was a breathtaking success. The $64,180 will provide the equivalent of more than a quarter-million nutritious meals for local families.
It won’t be long before we’re rolling out the traditional holiday edition of Helping Neighbors, and we know we’ll once again be able to count on you to do your part, as you’ve done since Helping Neighbors was started 16 years ago. Even if the times are unprecedented, your generosity is not.