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    June - July 2012 E-newsletter       Dear Friend of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod,   Summertime and the living is easy, but not for everyone. Here at The Family Pantry of Cape Cod we continue fullfilling our mission of providing food and clothing to those in need. We consistently see new clients each shift.  People like you and me that have fallen on hard times.  This email encourages us to think about our neighbors that have less and perhaps inspire us to reach out to help with these summer time requests.       Our Free Clothing Boutique Needs Donations   In addition to distributing food, we also give away free clothing to our clients.  This summer we are falling short with our stocks of clothes.  As many of you know, we take clothes that are out of season and store them to give away in the proper season.  With the interior remodification, we were slightly short on storage space this past winter and therefore we have gone through a good bit of our summer clothes.  Please check your closets, your kid's/grandkid's closets for out-grown clothes and send them our way. A volunteer will help you unload your car if pull around to the back of the warehouse when we have staff here (Tuesdays 8-3:30, Thursday 8-12, 1:30-3:30, 5-7, Saturdays 9-12).  Thank you for considering this special request.   RECONFIGURATION...   Our interior reconfiguration project is almost completed and we couldn't be happier with the results. One of our Team Leaders, Kathy Muller, commented this morning about the incredible positive changes we have experienced in the past six months. As she said we don't even remember anymore that we were operating in work spaces way too small for the operation and now it is just a pleasure to have the room to operate efficiently. The interview room has been operational for 5 or 6 weeks and it is so nice to be conducting interviews in a more confidential and dignified manner.  The boutique is now in its new space and it is also quite efficient and well organized. The boutique sorting area is just waiting for a few lights.  The office is the area now under construction but that should be completed within a week or two.  We invite anyone who hasn't been in to stop by and see for yourself.    Volunteers Openings We had a very positive response to our June Newsletter Volunteer postings.  The following are some spots that are still available:    1. Garden Volunteers - Thursdays  We are seeking garden volunteers for Thursday 9-12.  We are currently harvesting green beens and radishes!  In August, you'll be hearing about our need for a Volunteer Garden Supervisor for the Fall months.   2. Second Glance Thrift Shop - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays  We are seeking Team Leader for 3 hour shifts Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.   3. Bottles and Cans - Mondays in the fall Please contact Patty Watson for more information at 508-432-6519, pwatson@thefamilypantry.com.                Garden Tumbler   What's a "Tumbler"?  Check out what our Garden Supervisor Sara Weller created and come visit our productive garden while we are harvesting! http://familypantrygarden.tumblr.com/      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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Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series hosts Food Drive at July 10 concert in Hyannis to help feed neighbors in need   Centerville - The Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series is hosting a food drive to support The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) during a special performance on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Aselton Park in Hyannis, featuring local artists Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys. Food donations will be distributed to local residents in need through GBFB member agencies in the Cape Cod Hunger Network.

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Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series hosts Food Drive at July 10 concert in Hyannis to help feed neighbors in need   Centerville - The Citizens...

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  It has been a busy few months and we are glad to be nearing the end of our interior reconfiguration project.  The new space is wonderful and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us with the project.  So far in 2012 we are serving an average of 1100 households each month so the expanded service areas are already in use. The changes have made a more efficient and dignified experience for our clients and volunteers.    June 1, 2012 Wychmere Harbor Gala Event A very warm thank you to our many friends and supporters who joined us at the beautiful Wychmere Beach Club for our very successful Summer Gala hosted by Tom and Shelly O'Neill. The pantry simply would not exist without your support and we thank everyone who attended or made a donation to help us with our mission of providing food to those in need.   A very special thank you to our many generous sponsors   Presenting Sponsors             BackOffice Associates             Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines             Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank             Jay Cashman             Eos Foundation             Ocean Spray             Tom and Shelly O'Neill             Robert B. Our Co. Inc.             Robert Paul Properties             Peter and Cathy Smyth             Patriot Square             White Marlie             Wychmere Beach Club   Wychmere Hero Sponsors           Cape Cod Healthcare           Peter F. Clark           Dennis and Dolores Picard   Cape Cod Champions             Anne and Roger Berman             Rick and Nancy Kelliher             Jeffrey Leerink             Bob and Judy Murray             Nan Poor Friends             Andrew Athy Jr.             Allan and Martha Campbell             George and Pam Christodoulo             Covell Realty             Demetrios Dasco             Elizabeth J. Dolan             Doug and Wendy Kreeger             Dan and Chris McLaughlin             Elizabeth McLaughlin             John and Anne O'Brien             Mr. and Mrs. Charles O'Connor             Christopher O'Neill             Christine and Jason Reese   And Our Fabulous Host Committee   Tom and Shelly O'Neill David and Nicky Metzler Kip and Stephanie O'Neill Jeff and Kristi Leerink Jim and Alina Apteker Demitri and Sarah Dasco   Our Entertainment:   The pantry's favorite comedian Jimmy Tingle   Folk music legend - Livingston Taylor     If you were unable to attend but couldn't it is never too late to make a donation online at thefamilypantry.com  or via U.S. Mail to:   The Family Pantry of Cape Cod 133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645   INTERIOR RECONFIGURATION ALMOST COMPLETE!     We sincerely appreciate all our clients and volunteers who have been very patient as we reconstructed all of the interior rooms at the pantry. A brief recap of what has been accomplished: Food distribution moved into its new space a few months ago and we have had many accolades from clients who love the new brighter space with less congestion and better ability to see all that we have to offer. Online check in to the computers has gone very smoothly and we expect it will continue to get easier as people become more comfortable with the system and we work to clean up the database a bit. The boutique moved into its permanent home a few weeks ago after a couple of months of "guess where you will be working today" took place! The boutique is lovely and it is nice to have the desk painted by Helen Marsden back in use here having spent a few years at Second Glance.  The warehouse has also worked around reduced space regularly beginning in January. Kudos to Pat and the warehouse guys for moving stuff regularly (sometimes the same stuff back to where it started!) to stay out of the way of the construction. With the interview room set up and the boutique in its own space the warehouse has reclaimed some of its space and set up additional pallet racks to take advantage of vertical space since floor space is at a premium in the new configuration. We now have a private confidential area for conducting initial interviews with clients as well as processing food stamp applications and fuel assistance applications. The conference room which is more like the schools' multi purpose rooms will be used to house the office for the next month and by mid-July it will be used to run several of our programs such as the supermarket gift program, the Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. It will also be used for training classes as well as various meetings. We remain grateful to Mary-Ann Agresti, Principal Architect of The Design Initiative, whose vision for us has turned into a wonderful reality. Mary-Ann donated her own services to us billing only for her Staff and associated expenses. We are also proud to be associated with Rick Roy Construction who has done an incredible job working their construction schedule around our operation schedule. Their work is impeccable and their communication with us has been a major key to the success of the project.             Volunteers Needed- maybe there is a spot for you! 1. See How Our Garden Grows   The Family Pantry of Cape Cod welcomes back Sara Weller to a United Way funded garden supervisor position.  Recently graduated from Smith College, Sara brings her enthusiasm and charm to our production garden.  Come join Sara in our garden!  We are seeking volunteers for three morning garden shifts: Tuesday 9-12, Thursday 9-12, Saturday 9-12.  Please contact the pantry soon as we need help for the snap pea harvest in June!   2. Plastic Bottles and Cans Help The Pantry Feed those in Need   Did you know that your empties can help put food on the table for those in need throughout Cape Cod?  In addition to your plastic bottles and aluminum cans, the Pantry needs help sorting and collecting cans this summer.  It's an early morning shift so you can get about your day by 9 or 10 am.  We are seeking volunteers from 7-9:30 AM on  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.   Please contact the pantry if you are interested in helping in this fun and easy, if not a little dirty, task.   3. Reception Positions are available throughout the week   You can help out on the phones, but you must know how to work a computer too.   Please contact Patty Watson for more information at 508-432-6519, pwatson@thefamilypantry.com.                   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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Thanks to our many friends and supporters who joined us at the beautiful Wychmere Beach Club for our Summer Gala. The Pantry simply would not exist without your support and we thank everyone who attended or made a donation to help us with our mission of providing food to those in need. For photos of the event, click here A very special thank you to our many generous sponsors Presenting Sponsors             BackOffice Associates             Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines             Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank             Jay Cashman             Eos Foundation             Ocean Spray             Tom and Shelly O’Neill             Robert B. Our Co. Inc.  Robert Paul Properties             Peter and Cathy Smyth             Patriot Square             White Marlie             Wychmere Beach Club   Wychmere Hero Sponsors           Cape Cod Healthcare             Peter F. Clark             Dennis and Dolores Picard   Cape Cod Champions             Anne and Roger Berman             Rick and Nancy Kelliher             Bob and Judy Murray             Nan Poor   Friends             Andrew Athy Jr.             Allan and Martha Campbell             George and Pam Christodoulo             Elizabeth J. Dolan             Doug and Wendy Kreeger             Dan and Chris McLaughlin             Elizabeth McLaughlin             John and Anne O’Brien             Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’Connor             Christine and Jason Reese   And Our Fabulous Host Committee            Tom and Shelly O’Neill David and Nicky Metzler Kip and Stephanie O’Neill Jeff and Kristi Leerink Jim and Alina Apteker Demitri and Sarah Dasco

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