Cape Cod Foundation Grants $35K to Ease Shutdown Impact

February 21, 2019 — The Cape Cod Foundation in South Yarmouth yesterday announced it has awarded $35,000 in grants to nonprofits serving local families in need affected by the recent partial shutdown of the federal government.

“While all these grants were in response to the government shutdown, we see this generosity and support at the Foundation on a daily basis,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation (CCF). “This is exactly what a community foundation is supposed to do: provide for the current needs of the community-- including the unexpected--and ensure there are resources for the future.”

Receiving the funds were the following organizations:
  • Cape Cod Military Support Foundation, Falmouth, which provides programs and services for military service members and families of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, and U.S. Army National Guard assigned to the Joint Base Cape Cod and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Woods Hole: $15,000

  • Falmouth Service Center, Falmouth, which provides services to ease stress, reduce hunger, and improve the quality of life area residents in need: $10,000

  • Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Harwich, the largest pantry on Cape Cod serving the entire Cape by providing food and clothing: $10,000
“When we heard food distribution at the Falmouth Service Center’s pantry and mobile markets had accelerated immediately after the shut-down, we had to respond,” said Sharon Nunes, advisory committee chair of CCF's Falmouth Fund. “We learned that from January 1 to February 5, 2019, the Center provided more than $50,000 in financial assistance to households in need. Last year at this time, aid was around $13,900.”

O’Malley noted, “The Family Pantry is a strong organization with a wide reach. Every year, they serve over 9,000 clients and distribute over 72,000 bags of groceries, so we knew, with added resources, they could meet an increased demand quickly and efficiently.”

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod also supports a satellite pantry on the Cape Cod Community College campus.