The Family Pantry of Cape Cod Food Distribution Guidelines

The goal of the guidelines below is to help us to share the available food with all clients, on all shifts, on a fair and consistent basis. Please help us to meet the ever-increasing need for food from the Pantry by making your food choices carefully. Plan your bags so that you have enough space for the non-perishable items you most need and want.



(Household of 1 person sharing a kitchen)


(Household of 1 person w/ own kitchen)


(Household of 2 – 3 people)


(Household of 4 or more people)


(Packaged foods that do not require refrigeration and may come in bags, boxes, cans, jars, etc).

1 of each item, only 1 full brown grocery bag. (1 small meat, 1 cheese, 1 egg, 1 margarine)

As many as 2 of each item, up to 2 full brown grocery bags.

Some limitations apply.

As many as 3 of each item, up to 3 full brown grocery bags.

Some limitations apply.

As many as 4 of each item, up to 4 full brown grocery bags.

Some limitations apply.


Sometimes the Pantry is able to offer special food items (for example, coffee, tea, flour, sugar, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salad dressing, sodas, and donated items). The special items you choose must fit into your brown grocery bags. We reserve the right to limit the number of these items per client, based on our supply.

Client Hours:

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12 Noon

Donation Drop-Off Hours:

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Thursday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Drop off is at the Family Pantry Warehouse

Office Hours:

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM