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From the Director's Chair 
The Holidays are here and the Family Pantry continues to meet the needs of the Cape community with the main Pantry in Harwich, the satellite Pantry on the Cape Cod Community College campus, and the Healthy Meals in Motion Mobile Pantry serving the lower Cape. This time of year the Pantry is in full swing with just keeping up with the seasonal demand; however, we are always looking for ways to extend our reach efficiently and effectively. Keep reading to discover some of the newest technology designed to connect clients and supporters to the Family Pantry.
In the meantime, we will continue to ramp up for the holidays. The volunteers are digging out their elf hats, and polishing their elf shoes so they are ready for our annual Turkey and Toy Days, while keeping an eye on the prize of providing food to over 400 families weekly.
During the holiday season, we can always use donations of nonperishable holiday items and frozen pies, new unwrapped toys, puzzles, family games and gift cards, if you have the means.
We are so grateful for the help and continue to be in awe of the support the Pantry receives from the community.
Thank you for everything! All of us at the Pantry wish you a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful new year!

The "HelpSteps" APP has Launched on Cape
The HelpSteps APP provides a resource to locate social services across the Cape, including the Family Pantry. Cape residents are one click away from finding help. To download the app, go to the Apple store and search "HelpSteps." Once you have the app, simply enter your zip code to view all the services available in your area. This is a great tool for agencies and people searching for help.
Turkey Day at The Family Pantry 
500 turkey dinners planned!
The distribution of over 500 turkeys will be held on November 18th. Clients with three or more members in their family are able to register to receive this holiday tradition. Nonperishable holiday items and frozen pies are gratefully accepted at the Family Pantry in Harwich through November 14th. Please feel free to Text the word "HUNGER" to 80100 to donate $25 to support Turkey Day and your neighbors in need.
Toy Day at The Family Pantry
Over 1,000 children to receive toys
The Pantry elves are planning to hand out toys, pajamas, gift cards, games and puzzles, to over 1,000 Pantry children on December 16th. Client children up to 14 years old must be pre-registered. New unwrapped toys can be donated at the Family Pantry, and at a number of business locations in Harwich. Gift cards for older Children also are welcome.You can also Text the word "Pantry" to 80100 to donate $10 to the Toy Day program and make the holidays a little brighter!
The Festival of Trees Returns
to Harwich Port
November 30th through December 2nd
The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser benefiting the Family Pantry. Last year the event raised almost $3,000 for the Pantry and this year they are doubling the number of decorated trees to be auctioned and raffled off. The event also will ask local restaurants to enter their Ginger Bread House masterpieces to be auctioned or raffled.
Details of the Event:   
  • Businesses, groups and individuals are asked to provide and decorate a large table top tree to be auctioned or raffled 
  • Trees will be displayed in a tent on the grounds of White Flowers at 589 Main Street in Harwich Port 
  • The night time stroll will be on Nov 30th and the trees will be on display through 3:00 pm on Sunday Dec 2nd
  • The auction and raffle will happen at 3:00 pm on Sunday Dec 2nd 
Volunteers to man the tent are needed, please email Betsy Casey at
If you are interested in donating and decorating a tree, or for more information, please call or email Amy White at 508-432-5540
Nauset Disposal
Annual Curb Hunger Event
Nauset Disposal encourages their residential disposal customers to leave non-perishable food items next to their trash or recycling tote on their scheduled day of pickup between November 5 and November 16, 2018. Drivers will collect the items, which will then be donated to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod the week of Thanksgiving. 
Qualified Charitable Distribution for 2018
Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)- If you are age 70.5 or older you can give up to $100,000 to a 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. Remember the donation must be made before the end of 2018. Please consult your tax expert for more information.
Annual Volunteer Bash
Held at the Sea View Restaurant
Over 640 volunteers Make the Pantry Possible!
Lisa Joyce, Reenie Davis, Buddy & Peggy Gillis and Peggy Kenney enjoy the afternoon
The Sea View provided a wonderful meal and desserts
Bob and Cathy McGee, Eleanor Casey, Wania and Gino DeSouza and Carol Thibert smile for the camera.
Each volunteer received a mug filled with chocolate cranberries
Board Chair Terri Barron and director Lorraine Cowhey
200 Family Pantry volunteers attended the party at the Sea View Restaurant in Dennis Port. The McCormick family provided centerpieces for each table and a great venue for friends to come together to celebrate their common love of the Pantry. The Chatham Candy Manor provided chocolate covered cranberries to top off the event and New England Gardens added to the Fall atmosphere with gigantic mum plants.
So Many to Thank..... Here are a few!
The Bilezikian Family Foundation helped to fund the purchase of new sliding glass doors for the Pantry. The Saturday morning team was the first to see the doors in operation. What a huge improvement for our clients!! Thank you
The Greater Boston Food Bank awarded the Family Pantry a $7,600 Capacity Building Grant that will be used to purchase an additional walk in produce cooler. The Pantry has a goal to have 30% of all foods distributed to be fresh fruits and vegetables. Thank You!
Colin Gillis, Donna Ellis, Gerry Galvin and Wendy Diehl provide assorted baby items from the Jack Conway Realty baby drive! Well Done!
A group of AmeriCorps team members helped to button up the Pantry garden this fall. AmeriCorps has been a great partner over many years!
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.
Second Glance Thrift Shop - Shifts available Tues through Sat 10:00 - 4:00 PM
Family Pantry Clothing Boutique -Tue & Wed 9:30-12:3 PM, Thur PM shift, and Thur Eve 4:30-7:00 PM
Family Pantry Client Intake - Sat 9:30- 12:30 PM shift
Family Pantry Food Distribution - Thurs 9:30 AM-12:30 and 4:30-7:00 PM
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