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What's New at The Family Pantry of Cape Cod

From the Director's Chair 
First, thank you to all who attended/supported our annual Summer Gala. We had a blast with record breaking attendance, a band that got everyone on their feet and so many friends coming out to support the Pantry the event sold out! If you missed it this year, mark your calendars because next year it will be on Sunday June 9th, same time, same place!
Summer is flying by and the Pantry is busy supporting many of the seasonal residents who make the Cape come alive during the summer months. Our clients love that they can shop every 14 days and now that the Pantry garden is in full swing we can offer them some of the freshest produce on the Cape.
Finally, recognizing how much the Pantry is growing, we added a new Wednesday morning shift in June and we are thankful for everyone who worked to make this happen. It is hard for our clients to work two and three jobs and still make it to the Pantry. The new shift will give clients another option and hopefully lessen the time it takes to shop.
Happy July 4th, enjoy the summer and thank you!



The Summer Gala Highlights
Friends of The Family Pantry listen as honorees are announced
Founder's award winner Hank Hyora of the Cape Cod Chronicle and President's award winner Daniel Schell of AmeriCorps, with the Family Pantry executive director Christine Menard, board of directors president Susan Adsit and gala chairman Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill kicks off the evening!
Senator Julian Cyr in the house
The Cape Cod Chronicle
Helping Neighbors Summer Campaign
June 28th - August 16th
The Cape Cod Chronicle will launch the second annual Helping Neighbors Summer Campaign on June 28th. The campaign is designed to give our summer residents the opportunity to support the Pantry and the Cape they love. Many of our friends who are housekeepers, retail clerks, landscapers, nurses aides, etc. need our help to make it on Cape Cod. Please consider donating to the Summer Campaign especially since there is a wonderful match in effect.
A group of generous summer Chatham residents have again banded together to match up to $60,000 in donations.
The New Tax Laws and Charitable Giving
The new Tax and Jobs Act of 2017 might have you wondering what does all of this mean to me? Do I itemize, do I not, will my taxes go up or down? We are not tax experts and would certainly advise you to contact yours! However, there are a couple of interesting opportunities for the many supporters of the Family Pantry to research and consider.
Donor Advised Funds -
This is a great tool for donors to be able to make a contribution of cash and/or appreciated securities all at once or over a period of time, and gain an immediate tax advantage in the year of the gift. This enables donors to maximize their tax deductible donations and ensure continuity in support of the vital nonprofit organizations in our community. Our local Cape Cod Foundation can provide more information on this great option.
Charitable Impact - Save by doubling up on your gift! If your total deductions are not quite large enough to justify itemizing, you might contribute in a single year the larger amount you would normally give over a two year period. Your total deductions for that year would then exceed the standard deduction, so you could itemize in that year and realize tax savings for your charitable gifts- then take the standard deduction for the next year!
Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)- If you are 70.5 or older you can give up to $100,000 to charity directly from your IRA without counting the distribution as taxable income and it can be used to satisfy your "Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Click here for a great article from describing the benefits of a QCD.
Krafts for Kids Returns for a Second Season
On Thursday and Saturday mornings the Swidey and Garrity family teens can be found at the Family Pantry helping the Pantry children with numerous arts and crafts while their parents shop for food and clothing at the Pantry. Year two of the project was funded by the United Way of Cape Cod and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Expanded Hours
Now Open Wednesdays from 10 am - Noon
The Family Pantry is now open on Wednesday from 10 am - Noon to accommodate the increased demand on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Opening another early morning will help ease the work load on the volunteers and give clients another day to chose to shop. Thank you to all of the existing and new volunteers who stepped forward to make this shift happen.
So Many to Thank - Here are a few!
The Charles River School students spent the day in the Family Pantry garden, weeding, planting and harvesting herbs for the Pantry clients. Garden Manager, Laura McCullough was delighted to have their energy in the garden.
Coordinator Jean Trainer and team donated over 800 pounds of food during their food drive at this summer's Relay for Life fundraiser held at DY High School the Weekend of June 17th. Well done and thank you!
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts donated $5,000 to The Family Pantry Garden as part of their "Healthy Living Network" initiative. The initiative is designed to help non-profit organizations advance healthy eating, lifestyles and environments. The Family Pantry garden provides over 6,300 pounds of healthy vegetables annually!
Eli McPherson and his grandmother Carolyn McPherson present the Nauset Newcomers Singles Group check to Christine Menard. The group provided 2,000 meals for those in need. Thank you!
Volunteer Openings 
There are immediate volunteer openings in the following areas. Please click the link below to submit your application to volunteer. Linda, the Volunteer Coordinator, will call you once she has received your application. She will set up a tour of the Pantry to discuss your interests. Shifts are flexible and most volunteers work one shift per week.
The Pantry Garden: MWF 9:00 am-11:30 am, no experience required
Second Glance Thrift Boutique: All shifts, but especially Saturdays and Mondays 9:45-1:00 pm and 12:45-5:00 pm all positions
Click on "Volunteer Opportunities"
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