HYANNIS, MA—November 19, 2019

At the Cape Symphony’s November 2 and 3 “Bach and Forth” concert, attendees brought grocery store gift cards and made donations to help local families have healthy holiday meals. Over the two-day period, Cape Symphony audiences raised $7,000 to purchase items for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

“The Cape Symphony would like to thank our customers for caring about our community. The success of our Thanksgiving Food Drive means that these dedicated organizations who serve our fellow Cape Codders have a little more support this holiday season,” said Ellen Dickinson, Chair of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory Board of Trustees.

Dickinson, Linda Mawhinney, Chief Operating Officer of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory, and other board members and staff will meet with representatives from the four participating food pantries on Monday, November 25 at Faith Family Kitchen in Hyannis. Each food pantry will receive $1,750 to help with their Thanksgiving preparations.

About the Participating Pantries

The participating food pantries are The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, located in Harwich; the Falmouth Service Center, Falmouth; Faith Family Kitchen in Hyannis, and the Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans.

Each of the pantries serves thousands of clients each year that are struggling to feed their families. This funding will reduce costs for these facilities and allow them to provide even more assistance this holiday season.

Lower Cape Outreach Council sponsors eight food pantries on the lower Cape and makes monthly food distributions to the local Councils on Aging, WIC and Cape Cod Children’s Place. To date, Lower Cape Outreach Council has helped 4,240 households, distributed $612,952 worth of food and has over 11,000 total clients. For more information, visit lcoutreach.org.

Faith Family Kitchen has provided over 150,000 meals since 2012. They serve hot, nutritious meals three nights a week to food-insecure families and individuals. For more information, visit capecodcouncilofchurches.org/faith-family-kitchen.html

Falmouth Service Center is a multi-service agency with a mission to ease stress, reduce hunger and improve the quality of life for neighbors in need. The FSC works to increase self-sufficiency by helping to build networks among clients, neighbors and agencies. For more information, visit falmouthservicecenter.org

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod in Harwich provides food and clothing to those in need. It serves over 9,500 clients and distributed over 91,000 bags of groceries in 2018, equaling over 1.9 million meals and over 33 tons of gently used clothing. For more information, visit thefamilypantry.com.

About Cape Symphony & Conservatory

Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. Cape Conservatory’s commitment to education for all ages includes musical instruction as well as classes in dance and art at campuses in West Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Pre-School program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through MusicWorks! Everyday and other community outreach programs, Cape Conservatory brings an array of engaging programs to thousands of students on the Cape and Islands.  Visit www.capesymphony.org and www.capeconservatory.org for more information.