With summer around the corner you might expect to see an ice cream truck around town, but how about a MOBILE FOOD PANTRY TRUCK?! The Eastham Senior Center is partnering with the Cape Cod Children’s Place and The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, to offer seniors and families in need the opportunity to receive dairy, meat, seafood, bread, canned goods and a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit on a monthly basis. The “Healthy Meals in Motion Mobile Food Pantry” truck will deliver food to the Eastham Senior Center on June 7th and every first Wednesday of the month from 12:30-2:30 pm. Staff and volunteers will help distribute the food out of the main hall at the senior center (pre-registration is required).
The Eastham Senior Center is located at 1405 Nauset Road, less than 3 miles away from the Cape Cod Children’s Place located at 10 Ballwic Road. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod located in Harwich received a grant to purchase the “Healthy Meals in Motion Mobile Food Pantry” truck and receives food items from organizations such as the Greater Boston Food Bank, which has identified some areas in Barnstable County as having limited access to convenient, affordable, high-quality foods. Data from Map the Meal Gap 2016 by Feeding America indicated that Eastham has an 11% food insecurity rate and that many Barnstable County residents live below 200% poverty level.
“The Family Pantry is working to bring the Pantry to those who cannot get to the Harwich location due to transportation or health concerns. We are happy to bring this service to the families and seniors of Eastham and hope that we can ease some of the food insecurity felt by so many on the lower Cape,” says Christine H. Menard, Executive Director, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod.
For many seniors and young children family dynamics have changed, many grandparents are now raising their grandchildren, which can mean a financial hardship especially on a fixed income. A recent trend shows that more grandparents are raising grandchildren. Recent statistics from American Community Survey (2010-2014) showed a trend of grandparents acting as the primary caregiver for their grandchildren. The survey showed that in Massachusetts 10,393 grandparents are living with grandchildren under the age of 18 and acting as the primary caregiver.
“It’s a natural partnership between all our organizations. With many seniors in need we are happy to offer such a valuable service. And with the recent trend of grandparents raising grandchildren, it’s the perfect opportunity to serve those families too. We look forward to more partnerships like this to help serve our community,” says Eastham Senior Center Director, Dorothy Burritt.
For more information or to register for the program, please call the Eastham Senior Center at (508) 255-6164.