|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.
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 month. Call for hours. 61 Canal Rd., Orleans; Helpline 508-255-8080 or click here for link to website.
(Mention 2-day food pack program here!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
To apply for food stamps:
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