History of The Family Pantry

In 1989 a group of 10 people from the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Holy Trinity Church realized that they could not keep up with financial aid to people who needed food so they decided to start a pantry. They ran a food drive over the 4th of July weekend, rented a small store front and opened for business on August 8, 1989.  They paid the rent on the storefront by collecting  bottles and cans which could be redeemed for a nickel! 

Fast forward, and the pantry is a non-profit, non-denominational organization, staffed by over 650 volunteers, a full time executive director, warehouse manager and thrift store manager along with a part time office manager, assistant store manager and program manager.  The main Pantry is housed in a large warehouse on Queen Anne Road in Harwich MA and in 2016 the Pantry expanded to include the Healthy Meals in Motion Mobile Pantry, serving the lower Cape.   The Family Pantry runs a satellite pantry on the Cape Cod Community College Campus where students, staff, and faculty are served and welcomed.  

The Family Pantry partners with the Greater Boston Food Bank and acts as a cross dock facility for the 28 pantries/soup kitchens on the Cape and Islands.  Each month an additional four tractor trailer loads of food are brought to the Pantry and distributed to the various pantries across the Cape. 

Client Shopping Hours:

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

9:00 AM - 12 Noon

Note: No New Client Registration on Saturdays

Note: Pantry will close 15 minutes prior to posted closing time

Donation Drop-Off Hours:

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Note: No Donations are taken on Saturdays

Drop off is at the Family Pantry Warehouse

Office Hours:

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM