Family Pantry of Cape Cod seeks volunteers, announces new board member

New board member Leo Cakounes to chair garden committee
A volunteer works in the Family Pantry's vegetable garden. Photo courtesy of

This week, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod announced a new member on their board of directors. In addition to joining the board, Mr. Leo Cakounces of Harwich will chair the food pantry's garden committee.

According to Mary Anderson, the executive director of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Mr. Cakounces is an experienced farmer and has many lifelong gardening connections here on the Cape. The garden committee is tasked with plant planning, overseeing volunteers and tracking harvesting.

In June 2011, the pantry held a ribbon cutting to unveil the newly expanded fruit and vegetable garden. The garden, according to the pantry's website is on land licensed to the pantry by the town of Harwich. Over 4,000 lbs of vegetables were harvested from the garden during the 2012 growing season, according to the site.

To continue their good work the Falmouth Pantry of Cape Cod is looking for volunteers who are interested in lending a hand in the garden. Volunteer spots are open Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in more information or volunteering is asked to contact Patty Watson at [email protected] or 508-432-6519. New or used (but in good shape) birdhouse are also wanted for the garden.

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod helps feed and cloth Cape Codders in need all year-round with a handful of staff and a volunteer force now more than 300 strong.

The pantry is at 133 Queen Anne Road in Harwich, 508-432-6519. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on