In 1989 a group of 8-10 people from the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Holy Trinity Church realized that they could not keep up with financial aid to people who needed food so they decided to start a pantry. They ran a food drive over the 4th of July weekend, rented a small store front and opened for business on August 8, 1989. They paid the rent on the storefront by collecting the bottles and cans which could be redeemed for a nickel!
Fast forward several years later and the pantry is a non-profit, non-denominational organization, staffed by over 500 volunteers, a full time Executive Director , a full time Warehouse Manager and 2 part time staff members that are a Program Manager and Office Manager. We are housed in a large warehouse that is owned by the pantry. The Greater Boston Food Bank comes to the pantry 4 days a month with two large tractor trailers full of food for distribution to the 30 pantries/soup kitchens on the Cape & Islands. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod currently serves over 9000 people annually and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings.
The pantry founders had no idea how the pantry would grow but based on their leadership we have remained true to our mission and guiding principles. The pantry's mission is very simple. We provide food and clothing to those in need without any limitations based on race, gender, age, residence or sexual orientation.
We remain committed to using all donations for our food program unless the donor specifies otherwise.