In Barnstable County there are 16,240 individuals who struggle with food insecurity, according to Feeding America’s 2018 Map the Meal Gap study.
What does food insecurity look like? For some, it means replacing healthy yet more expensive food options, like fresh fruits and vegetables, with rice and pasta to stretch a dollar and stave off hunger. And for others, it means skipping meals altogether, and not knowing when they will eat next.
The Yarmouth Food Pantry serves different needs for different people. Seasonal workers often come for a week or two, until a regular paycheck starts. There are immigrants who have a difficult time finding work because of their limited language skills. And then there are families who have been struck by illness or injury and, as a result, are unable to work or are only able to work limited hours. While some clients only need to utilize the pantry a few times, until they can get back on their feet, there are others who come regularly. We welcome anyone who is experiencing food insecurity to visit our South Yarmouth location. We are here to help.
To date, we have more than 8,000 registered clients who we could not have helped if it weren’t for our generous donors and all-volunteer staff. Because of their time, care and donations, those most in need in our community have a place to go when they have trouble putting food on the table.