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Check out this fun event - and don't forget to bring non-perishable food items for the Family Pantry.   2nd ANNUAL HAUNTED HOTEL COSTUME BASH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011   (South Yarmouth, MA) – Red Jacket Beach Resort invites you to their themed Haunted Hotel and the best Halloween costume party on the Cape. There will be dancing to live music from a Boston area cover band, fantastic prizes for best costumes, complimentary appetizers and spooky special effects and decor. Doors open at 8pm for this 21+ event. Best of all, it’s a chance to help your community as non-perishable food items will be collected for The Family Pantry, serving all of Cape Cod.   Ticket prices are $10.00 per person with the donation of two non-perishable food items or $15.00 per person without a donation. Advance ticket purchase is recommended by calling the Red Jacket Beach Resort at (508) 398-6941. Discounted overnight and weekend packages are also available if you dare to stay at the Haunted Hotel. For additional information, please visit www.redjacketresorts.com/halloween. Start planning your costume now!     The Red Jacket Resorts in New England are owned and operated by The Davenport Companies of South Yarmouth, MA. For more information, please contact Beth Patkoske at (508) 394-8800 ext. 142.   ####  

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The Family Pantry was fortunate to have hosted a group of Americorps volunteers who made significant contributions to the prosperity of the Family Pantry Garden.  For more photos of the Americorps team click here. The Family Pantry continues to prosper thanks to the direction and support of the Garden Committee.  Thanks to Patty Watson for for her efforts in expanding the volunteer staff to include Americorps as pictured above and the Orleans Court Community Service Group.  The Orleans group was networked thru Jen Bayuk who works for Nauset Disposal and is part of a Garden subcommittee. Also of interest is that the Garden Committee is hosting a review of the 2011 garden season on October 24th at 10:00 AM.  This event will be held at The Family Pantry building in Harwich.  All those interested in reviewing the progress made to date as well as those those that would consider being a part of the 2012 Garden Committee are urged to attend.

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Family Pantry looking for volunteers and turkeys. Volunteers: Business is booming at the pantry. In October we served 1051 clients which is a 24% increase over last September. Yikes! To better serve our clients and our volunteers we are going to start a swing shift on Tuesdays from 11:00 to 1:30. Instead of having a morning and an afternoon shift and closing from 12 to 1:30 we will stay open all day from 10AM to 3:30. To do this we need 10-12 people to staff the pantry from 11-1:30. The jobs will include helping clients with food, restocking the shelves and helping the clients with clothing in the boutique area. If you are interested please contact Patty Watson – pwatson@thefamilypantry.com or 508-432-6519.     Turkeys   Yes, it’s that time of year. The leaves have fallen, there is certain crispness to the air and the days are getting shorter. Ready or not, Thanksgiving is just a month away. This year, as in the past, we are asking anyone who can afford to do so to buy an extra turkey (frozen) when shopping for your family’s holiday meal. Bring the turkey to the Family Pantry and we will give it along with a bag with all the fixings for a complete dinner to a family who needs a little help. The Family Pantry serves families from each town on Cape Cod and a few that travel to us from the other side of the bridge. Last year we gave out over 900 turkeys between Thanksgiving and Christmas and we expect to do even more this year! We are seeing an increase in the number of families that visit us each month and with your help we will have enough turkeys to take care of all of them.   The best times to drop off the turkeys are as listed below:   Tuesdays:   7AM -12 & 1:30-3:30 Thursdays: 7AM -12 & 1:30-3:30 & 5-7PM Saturdays: 7AM -12 & 1:30-3:30

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Cranberry Liquors to donate Closeout proceeds to The Family Pantry -  We are undertaking a bit of an experiment here in sleepy little Harwich Port: I had the pleasure of visiting The Family Pantry here in Harwich. After a complete tour courtesy of Mary Anderson, the Executive Director, I felt compelled to contribute in some way. Knowing I was not going to donate alcoholic beverages to the Pantry, I settled for the next best thing I could think of. From now through October, we are running our Closeouts for a Cause. Not only are prices reduced, we are donating the proceeds from our closeout section to the Family Pantry. Now, hopefully, this is going to work for everyone’s benefit. Think Win-Win-Win! Please stop by Cranberry Liquors and see if there are any items on our closeout table that interest you. If you ask me, I’ll tell you which are the really good deals!

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Here is a thoughtful video that reflects back on the creation of The Family Pantry Garden.  The video was created by Sara, an intern who was actively involved in this ambitious and amazingly successful project.  Thanks to many volunteers and contributors who made this plan a reality...and a special Thank You to Sara for this video!

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