Food Pantry

donationsLower Cape Outreach Council sponsors 8 food pantries on the lower Cape and makes monthly food distributions to local Councils on Aging, WIC and Cape Cod Children’s Place.

We also provide special nutritional programs like The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag Program for seniors and Food to Encourage in collaboration with Outer Cape Health Service, the Barnstable County Public Nurse and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.

In 2014, 1,202 households turned to Lower Cape Outreach Council for $783,432 worth of food.

Lower Cape Outreach Council worked in collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, Nam Vets, Nauset Newcomers and many local businesses to provide Thanksgiving turkeys, fresh vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and 20 day packs of food to over 700 households from Harwich to Provincetown.

Though we are blessed with generous food donations throughout the year from local individuals, businesses and organizations, in 2014 the Council spent an additional $73,473 to stock our pantries with fresh food and nutritious alternatives to packaged, processed foods. Seasonally, our Gilmore Garden of Hope and food donations from local gardeners make it possible for us to provide fresh produce to our clients.

Our pantries are currently running very low on these essential food items:

Canned Fruit (Pineapple, peaches, pears, fruit salad

Canned Protein (Tuna, beef stew, chili, Chef Boyardi/Spaghettios)

Cold Cereal

Pancake Mix

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Cooking Oil

Mayonnaise

Ketchup