The lower and outer cape community has responded with innovative and traditional food pantries for people in crisis, and with meal programs for people in need or who seek community.  Following is a description of some of the programs in the eight-town area.

Food Pantries:

Lower Cape Outreach Council

is the umbrella organization for eight food pantries, one in each of the towns of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.  Clients may visit the pantries every two weeks, and are asked to call LCOC first.  In addition to groceries, clients receive a $10 food card once per month when available.  Open various times.  19 Brewster Cross Road, Orleans, MA 02653; 508-240-0694 or 866.TRY.LCOC or click here for link to website.

The Family Pantry

 is a food pantry in Harwich that is also a distributor for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Tue., Thu. 10 am-12 noon; 1:30 pm-3:30 pm; Sat. 10 am-12 noon.     133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich 508-432-6519 or click here for link to website.

St. Joan of Arc/St. Vincent de Paul

 has a pantry in Orleans open one morning per monthCall for hours.  61 Canal Rd., Orleans; Helpline 508-255-8080 or click here for link to website.

                               (Mention 2-day food pack program here!)


Meal Programs:

Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP)

 provides nutritious and healthful meals weekdays from November to April to those in need or who seek community. Provincetown United Methodist Church, 24 Shank Painter Rd., Provincetown, MA 02657; 508-487-8331 or click here for link to website.

Lower Cape Lunch (LOCAL)

 provides free hot meals and opportunities for socialization for diners of all incomes every Tuesday at noon and Thursdays at 6pm. St. Joan of Arc, 61 Canal Road, Orleans, MA; 508-255-1094 or click here for directions to dining site.

Mustard Seed Kitchen

provides free meals, on a temporary basis, delivered to the homes of residents of Wellfleet, Eastham and Truro who are in need of them.  On site, they provide nutritional snacks and an easy atmosphere for teens and young people after school.  Tues. and Thur. P.O.Box 833, Wellfleet, MA 02667 508-349-2048 or click here for Mustard Seed Kitchen Flyer.

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

 has a weekday lunch program. Mon.-Fri. 11am-1 pm, and an evening congregate meal Tue. 6:30 pm.  96-98 Bradford St., Provincetown, MA 02657; 508-487-9445 or click here for link to website.


Special Programs:

Family Services & Food Share, Mass Appeal

 has a food co-op program in Wellfleet and Provincetown, sponsored by the Committee Against Domestic Abuse.  2393 Cove Corner, Wellfleet 02667; 508-349-1173 or click here for link to website.

Outer Cape WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

 is a federally funded nutrition program for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under 5, which provides nutrition education and free food, as well as other services.  There are clinic sites in Harwich, Orleans, Chatham, Wellfleet and Provincetown.  Main site:  79 Finlay Rd. Unit2, Orleans, MA 02653) 2;  (508-240-0853 or 800 675-1188) or click here for link to website.

Project Bread

 has a FoodSource hotline that gives information about free and low-cost food resources in a particular area, and will give confidential food stamp eligibility advice.  Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm; 800-645-8333 or click here for link to website.

School Lunch Program and Summer Program

provides reduced price or free school meals for low-income families.  Children in families receiving food stamps and TAFDC are already eligible.  Discuss with school or click here to see the meals4kids website for more information.

Food Stamps:

To determine eligibility:  People with limited wages, part-time employment or are unemployed, or who are homeless, or who receive welfare or some other form of public assistance, may be eligible for food stamps.  There are several ways to determine eligibility.

  • Online at
  • Call Project Bread Hotline at 800-645-8333.
  • Visit a local Council on Aging, the Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans, the Homeless Prevention Council, or other human services agency for assistance.

To apply for food stamps:

  • Visit the Dept of Transitional Assistance (DTA). 77 High School Road Extension, Hyannis, MA 02601; 508-862-6600
  • Mail or fax an application to DTA. 800-249-2007
  • Visit a local Council on Aging, the Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans, the Homeless Prevention Council, or other human services agency for assistance.







One Response to “Food”

Comment from Mike Gordon
Time March 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm


So, I am not sure if you are aware of this but ranks all across “foodstamp” related keywords in google, yahoo, and msn. Which is great for you— except that Project Bread focuses only on the state of Massachusetts. The unfortunate truth is: most states don’t have a project bread and many state governments make finding information about SNAP related services next to impossible to find. (For example— try researching online who qualifies for EBT benefits in Utah or Montana). Anyway, through a recent acquisition our company acquired the domain name “” and we put our staff of researchers and writers to work collecting all the information they could about SNAP programs across the country. It is more a labor of love than it is a business venture.

Anyway, I thought since currently ranks so well you are probably getting a number of confused visitors and having a single place for them to get information could be a huge benefit and that you could link directly to foodstamps from your resources section.

Here is a sample of the pages we create (the Mass one specifically): They are still a work in progress and as we add new features to the website we will add more detailed information on each state.

Thank you,
Mike Gordon
Manager, Partnerships
A First Impression Interactive Site

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