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  Sometimes in the rush of everything that is going on here at the pantry we lose sight of why we are here. Below is a note we received from a client and it is a good reminder of what we are all about. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the volunteers who help so many people everyday. Those of us who have so much need to think about what it must be like to have your child think it is Christmas because the refrigerator and food cabinets are full.   "I would like to thank your wonderful woman and men for what you did for my family yesterday. My son came home and you would of thought it was Christmas. He opened the cabinets and refrigerator and yelled mommy mommy.....come look come on mom take my hand lets go see! He was so excited to come home and eat fruit, and top roman for dinner. Myself and my husband said wow it is amazing when you have no food, and when you finally receive food and the security it gives yourself and children, how you appreciate EVERYTHING. There was a precious woman yesterday who did my intake, she took me under her wing like my mother would. She is an angel, and I believe the Lord put her where she is today to help people like myself get through hard times. I will always have the memory of her sweet comforting face, in my thought. Dear God thank you this woman and creating her in all your glory. And thank you food pantry, you saved my family's life. God Bless you all."       New Board Members   At the March meeting the Board of Directors elected two new Directors: Attorney Matthew Kelley and David Metzler. Neither Matt nor David are strangers to the pantry and both will bring additional strength to the Board. Please join me in welcoming Matt & David to the pantry family. At the same time new officers were elected. For the upcoming year our officers will be: Richard Waystack - President, Amy Camenga - Vice President, Kellie Marchant - Secretary, and Brian Michaelan - Treasurer.   Anniversary Luncheon   March 21st was a gorgeous day and volunteers who achieved 5, 10, 15 or 20 or more years of service by year end 2011 were honored at a luncheon which was held at the delightful Chatham Wayside Inn. This is the second year we have held this event and both times we were fortunate to have the gracious support of Shane Coughlin and David Oppenheim at the Wayside Inn. The delectable three course meal and exquisite dining room were only overshadowed by the service of the very gracious Wayside Inn Staff.   Our honorees this year were             Five years service: Virginia Boehlke, Pete Moynaugh, Anne Price, Dave Ryer, Brian Dunphy, John Healy, and John Mahan             Ten years service: Anne Kavanaugh and Jane Mac-Afee              Fifteen years service: Claudia Crockett, Susan Delahunt, Marie Hayes, Charlie Tobin, Anne Watson, Pete Watson  Joe Redmond, Frank Hynes, and Tom Plunkett               Twenty or more years service: Denny Duggan, Elizabeth Duggan , Brian Duggan, Bob Greene, Joanne Greene, Helen Marsden, George Morris, Mary Morris, Gene Kirk, Joan Kirk, Joan Shea, Mary Eagan, Mary Sullivan, and Carol Ann Gallo            Celebrate the Family Pantry of Cape Cod fundraising event Tom and Shelly O'Neill, Jeff and Krista Leerink, David and Nicky Metzler, Jim and Alina Apteker and Demitri and Sarah Dasco are hosting a benefit for the pantry at Wychmere Beach Club on Friday June 1st from 6-9PM. There will be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and special performances by Livingston Taylor and Jimmy Tingle. Tickets are $100 each. Please contact Mary Anderson if you are interested via manderson@thefamilypantry.com or 508-432-6519 x 5. There are also four sponsorship levels available (ranging from $5,000 to $500) which you may also ask Mary about       Calvary Baptist Mobile Pantry - volunteers needed Following the devastating fire at Calvary Baptist Church in Hyannis there are several sub-groups working to pick up the pieces: worship, reconstruction, meals program and you guessed it pantry program! As some of you may know the Greater Boston Food Bank came down 2 weeks ago and ran a pantry in the Calvary Baptist Church parking lot. The Cape Cod Hunger Network will now be running a mobile pantry once a month for the next six months. The dates are listed below and we anticipate needing 10-15 volunteers to help us run each event. Brenda will be ordering the food and we will alternate between the Falmouth Service Center driving to Boston to get the food and bringing it to Calvary and having it delivered to the Harwich drop in which case we will store the food for 2 days and then have our drivers bring the food to Calvary.   Two dates are already fully staffed but we are looking for a few volunteers from 1 to 5 PM on the following dates: 4/11, 6/13, 8/8 and 9/12   Please let me Mary Anderson know if you would like to help 432-6519 x5 or manderson@thefamilypantry.com . As you know many hands make light work!      Volunteers needed We have 300 very dedicated, talented and resourceful volunteers but believe it or not we are always looking for a few more. Currently we are looking for volunteers to work in our vegetable garden and for our new receptionist position. If you are interested in either opportunity please contact Patty Watson via pwatson@ the family pantry .com. or 508-432-6519 on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.  I can guarantee you that the pantry volunteers are a fun crew and that you will enjoy working with them while helping our neighbors.    Adopt a Plot Garden This year the pantry garden will have an adopt a plot section. If anyone is interested in having a garden and sharing some of the produce with us please contact Patty via pwatson@thefamilypantry.com or 508-432-6519 x 6.    Sincerely,   Mary Anderson Executive Director The Family Pantry of Cape Cod  133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645 508-432-6519 manderson@thefamilypantry.com  

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The Family Pantry of Cape Cod welcomes two newly elected members of the Board of Directors: Attorney Matthew Kelley and David Metzler.  New officers were elected as well: Richard Waystack – President, Amy Camenga – Vice President, Kellie Marchant – Secretary and Brian Michaelan – Treasurer. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is the largest pantry serving all of those in need with no restrictions geographic or otherwise.   The pantry also serves a leadership role by partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank which brings food to the pantry’s Harwich location 4 days a month for distribution to all of the Cape pantries.

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On Tuesday March 13th we began distributing food out of our new pantry.  Architect Mary-Ann Agresti designed the space to more efficiently serve the increased number of people needing our assistance and Rick Roy Construction has completed phase one which is the food distribution area. Included in the new space are pantry shelves that can be loaded from the rear decreasing the amount of foot traffic in the pantry while we are serving clients. We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Bilezikian Family Foundation to purchase commercial appliances that make distribution of our cheese, eggs and meat much easier and more efficient. Jeffrey Bilezikian joined us to cut a ceremonial ribbon just prior to opening for business.  Stay tuned for updates on the next phases of the project.     For more photos CLICK HERE

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 We're seeking new volunteers. Calling all volunteers Quick Links Visit our website Donate Now facebook   Spring is coming! The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is creating a fresh start this spring by changing the interior layout of our food pantry and clothing boutique. We will be able to serve the increased numbers of those in need with larger service areas, therefore providing a more dignified experience for our clients.   We are seeking new volunteers for every shift: Tuesday mornings, & afternoons Thursday mornings, afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings only!   If you can make a regular commitment of 2.5 hours per week most weeks please call or email Patty Watson, Assistant Director, for a tour or to learn more.   pwatson@thefamilypantry.com           508-432-6519  

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        February E-newsletter   In This Issue What is next Volunteers Let TD Bank nake a donation for you Quick Links Visit our website Donate Now facebook December was a mad dash with both the turkey and the toys programs underway. We are proud to say that we provided toys/gifts to 776 children ages infant through 14. We could not do this with the support of many people including Glenn & Rebecca Armbruster, The Griffin Family led by Lisa Griffin, The Cape Cod Corvette Club, The Garden Club of Harwich, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Banks, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Benson Young & Downes Insurance and Cape Commonwealth Associates.  We also are very grateful for the support of the many volunteers who help with sign ups, sorting, shopping and distribution day.  They are led by the infamous Christmas Queens, Jeanette Lynch & Joyce Simonis aka Thelma and Louise.   Thelma and Louise! Bikes from the Armbrusters!   That Was The Year That Was!   2011 came in like a lamb and went out like a lion! During the first half of the year we were experiencing modest growth (4-5%) and then in August more and more people were seeking our help.  The months of August through December grew 20% compared to the same months last year.  In 2010 we started a new shift on Thursday evenings to help with the demand for our services and in 2011 we found we needed to add yet even more open hours. We now are open on Tuesdays from 10AM to 3:30 and we may need to add more hours later this year!   Our average for 2011 was 999 housholds each month which is over 3000 people.  This is a 12% increase over 2010 and a 60% increase over 2005.   Increased clients and demand for services require site modifications   In the past six years the Family Pantry of Cape Cod experienced the following changes: An increase in the number of people needing Family Pantry services from an average of 500-600 clients each month to just under 1,000 Volunteers grew from 100 to over 300 Adding Food Stamp Applications and Fuel Assistance Applications as core services Hiring two part time employees, an Assistant Director & a Warehouse Supervisor to better manage the business Expanding food choices by regularly offering frozen meats and fresh produce in addition to canned and packaged food Creating a thrift shop to augment pantry revenues and help pay for increased services Planting production garden to provide more fresh vegetables and fruits to our clients Based on this growth the Board of Directors is making changes to the interior of the building.  The renovation was designed by  Mary-Ann Agresti AIA principal architect of The Design Initiative in Hyannis. Mary-Ann donated her time and worked very closely with the pantry to create an excellent design for the growing pantry business.   George Morris in action!   Rick Roy Construction was selected to construct the new design in part because he clearly understood our goals and presented a very thorough plan to work in stages so that we stay open with no gaps in services throughout the construction process. Since 1995 Rick Roy Construction has established a reputation on Cape Cod for building quality custom homes, remodeling, restoration and commercial construction. The reconfiguration provides: Increased space and better flow in the food distribution and clothing distribution area Increased space in the clothing sorting area to help keep thrift shop and pantry boutique stocked appropriately A private area to conduct initial client interviews and process food stamp and fuel assistance applications in a dignified and confidential manner A multi-purpose room for new services such as cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes, managing the gift card program, client and volunteer activities and training, management of holiday programs, and committee and Board meetings A handicapped accessible bathroom. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod has always served people well and these changes will allow it to do so more efficiently and afford more dignity for the clients.       Volunteers needed  We are always looking for volunteers and would love to hear from anyone who has a few  hours to spare. Patty Watson, the Assistant Director, does an excellent job matching people's interests and skills with our openings. We do accommodate snow birds and those who can work the off season but need the summer off. We have a huge calendar to track volunteers comings and goings and we are very flexible. We have several jobs in the following areas: Food distribution area helping clients with food choices  Clothing boutique sorting and displaying clothing & helping clients with selections  Warehouse receiving food, storage and stocking shelves Recycling center - sorting and packaging for redemption Computer work Thrift shop - steaming, ironing, pricing, arranging the stock Garden - planners right now but working gardeners in season  In addition we are looking for two volunteers with managerial skills to be the Team Leader for our Tuesday afternoon and Thursday Morning shifts.   We have a great team of 300 plus volunteers and they are lots of fun so I am sure you would enjoy joining us!     Contact Patty via pwatson@thefamilypantry.com or 508-432-6519 on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday              Sincerely,   Mary Anderson Executive Director The Family Pantry of Cape Cod  133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645 508-432-6519 manderson@thefamilypantry.com

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